How to Eat Healthily at Weddings
Love is in the air and sweets are all around us. Wedding season brings even more opportunities to give in to sugar cravings. There’s nothing wrong with the occasional intentional treat, but given the frequency of weddings and celebrations during the summer months, it would be easy to spend all summer long splurging on sugary foods. If you’ve made the commitment to stick with your low-sugar lifestyle during your upcoming parties and summer celebrations, the key to success begins with a plan. Here our best tips for eating low sugar at weddings and parties this summer.
If you know the menu isn’t going to be low-sugar lifestyle friendly, make time to have a small meal or snack before heading to the wedding. If you arrive hungry, it will be so much harder to avoid splurging. Make sure that whatever you eat beforehand with keep you satiated for a long night. A well balanced meal that includes protein, vegetables, a complex carb, and a little healthy fat is the best approach to managing your hunger levels during a busy night.
Prepare for Temptation
It’s no secret that sweet treats are everywhere at weddings, so don’t be surprised when you’re faced with foods you want to eat. Instead, help yourself to say no. Take along Sweet Defeat to fall back on when you notice your sugar cravings ramping up (and bring enough to share when others find themselves in similar straits).
Recognize the Danger Zones
When it comes to hors d’oeuvres, avoid anything with a glaze, like meatballs and wings. Steer clear of the bacon-wrapped dates and any unfamiliar sauces. Instead, load up on charcuterie and the crudités platter. You might be surprised to find that many weddings have low-sugar items on their menus. Look for plain proteins like steak or roasted salmon and lots of veggies when it's time to fill your plate. If it’s a plated meal, see if you can get sauces and dressings on the side, so you can test for hidden sugars. If it’s a buffet, watch out for hidden sugars in sauces (cocktail sauce is loaded with sugar, so dip your shrimp sparingly), glazes and spice rubs (check the teriyaki and barbecue), and salads (avoid candied nuts and dried fruit).
Navigating the drink menu can be tricky at weddings and parties. There are often limited options available and many drinks are loaded with sugar. Stick with the basics — vodka, gin, rum, and tequila are all low in sugar as long as you don’t have them in sweet cocktails. Tequila, club soda, and lime make for a great skinny margarita, for example. If you’re a wine drinker, choose dry reds, which have less sugar than whites and roses.
When in Doubt, Dance it out.
We’ve got one piece of advice for dealing with the temptation of the dessert table — stay away! If you find yourself struggling to resist the temptation, keep yourself busy. Hit the dance floor or find a friend. Interacting with others will help you forget about the sweets.