Give The Gift Of A Healthy Meal This Holiday

Meri Raffetto

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There seems to be a stigma around healthy dishes being served at parties. It’s shunned, or people roll their eyes as if they’re going to have to sit down to a meal of twigs and berries.

I do believe parties are a special time to get together and there’s no need for the healthy food police but why not mix it up? My friend just returned from a trip to Italy and she mentioned they didn’t talk about food being healthy or not healthy. They just ate. How great is that?

Is there a healthy recipe you make that receives accolades every time you make it? Then by all means include it in your next gathering. This holiday season chances are you’re going to have someone at your table with high blood pressure, type 2 Diabetes, or heart disease where a healthy delicious dish may be welcomed. Even those of us who just love food are excited to find a new twist on a salad or vegetable side dish.

People get excited when they taste something they love and it’s actually good for them. Those are the coveted recipes that are passed around. Many people struggle to find ways of cooking vegetables and other healthy foods in a way that is enjoyable for them. Some may be struggling with a health issue that requires them to make these changes. Providing your very best recipes can help inspire others to find new ways of cooking. What a great gift.

Make sure your dish has well accepted ingredients and isn’t too off people’s radar. You may love your gluten free, low sugar baked good but that doesn’t mean everyone will love it. Stay within parameters of what your friends and family are used to.

Don’t hide your best healthy recipes. Highlight them at your next party. Just like my friend’s experience in Italy, you don’t have to tell people it’s healthy, just serve it with love.


  • Meri Raffetto

    Meri Raffetto was the original founder of Real Living Nutrition. A triplet mom and author of the Glycemic Index Diet for Dummies and coauthor of the Glycemic Index Cookbook for Dummies, and Mediterranean Diet Cookbook for Dummies.