I love entertaining. I love hosting cocktail, dinner or karaoke parties. Basically, I’ll use any excuse to throw a party (Flag Day Party, anyone??) But know what I don’t love about a lot of parties – the crazy calorie heavy food and drinks at most of them. The love of parties and low-calorie eating: can you say “conflicting interest?” But guess what, they don’t always have to be.
Case in point:
My sister called me Friday after work. We talked about going out to eat, but that required putting on make-up and real pants (and seriously, who wants to wear real pants?) 🙂
So, after some discussion, we decided that we should just cook something and eat dinner together at my house (honestly, just because my house was less of a disaster at the moment.)
And with that, the “Come as you are impromptu dinner” was born.
Now, almost everyone that was coming to dinner was watching their diet and eating low calorie. So, I wanted to cook a dinner that fit into everyone’s diet by being low-cal and yet, still be delicious. Yes, that makes me a good fitness sister – you’re welcome Mandy and Tyler. (PS – go check out THIS article on being a good fitness friend.)
I decided to serve a Black and Blue Salad (Grilled steak, blue cheese and blueberry salad.)
Now, it’s no secret that I’m a carnivore. I love a good piece of red meat every now and then. And this juicy grilled steak, tangy blue cheese and crisp lettuce combination – it’s perfection.
I decided to add a fruit salad on the side for a little extra sweetness.
This whole meal came in well under 500 calories and was delicious!
I even served everything family style in their own bowls so everyone could add as little/much of each topping as they wanted. Each person could make their salad as low-cal as they want by opting for the amount of their toppings. There was one person at the table *ahem, my brother-in-law, Nick* that is a freak of nature that couldn’t gain weight if he tried. He could add all the blue cheese he wanted, I opted for just a spoonful.
The meal was delicious (the kids even crushed the steak) and it was super low-cal.
Guys, I tell you all of this for a point – yes, you can have a fun dinner party with low-calorie food that is still delicious. Yes, you can still do the things you love (like entertaining) and maintain your fitness lifestyle. It just takes a little planning.
So, if you’re planning on spending your summer months hosting and attending parties, don’t fret! Continue your healthy diet and low-cal eating habits….just do it outside. 🙂