With average Australians spending a total of $13.6 billion extra annually on consuming clean, locally-grown, and nutritious food, healthy eating is in vogue. The trend has made its way into corporate catering as well.
There has been a sharp rise in the number of people who have dietary preferences and are actively making healthy choices. The once-popular spread of rich buttery croissants, sausage rolls, deep fried food, heavy cream-laden sauces, fizzy drinks, and sugar pastries are failing to impress this new crop of health conscious guests.
To keep up with these emerging new demands, corporate catering is gearing towards more health-friendly options. And, the good news is that healthy food ideas and menu choices today are wider and more diverse than ever.
Here are some highly appetizing and healthy catering ideas to delight your guests at your next event.
Grills and Skewers
Skewers are party favorites because they are super easy and fuss-free to fix, serve, and eat. Plus they pack in big, bold flavors in a healthy way. There are endless combinations that you can create with these, while going as versatile as you want to accommodate the taste and dietary requirements of your guests.
Make-your-own stations allow the guests to create and enjoy a meal exactly like they want. A set up of noodle or pasta station that comes with an array of healthy selections such as vegetables, nuts, and low-fat sauces such as soy, ponzu, and sweet chili, etc. can easily please a crowd. With the availability of gluten-free pastas, and noodles like soba, udon, and Vietnamese rice noodles, the options can get as exciting as you’d like.
Fruity Sorbets and Granitas
Ice cream may be the ideal summer dessert, but they don’t really feature at the top of the health-o-meter. But that doesn’t mean you should deprive your guests of a tasty dessert. There are a bunch of frozen treats such as sorbets and granitas that offer a perfect way to indulge their sweet tooth minus the guilt. You can make these using fresh, seasonal fruits and sugar-free juices to up their health quotient.
Healthier Alcohol and Cocktails
A glass of bubbly is something almost everyone loves to have on hand while mingling and networking at corporate parties. But it isn’t the healthiest choice out there. While some guests wouldn’t mind making an exception for an occasional event, it’s best to keep your options available in the form of light beer, gluten-free wine, or low-calorie fruit cocktails.
Antipasto is part of a formal Italian meal which includes healthy salads. As such, the idea works wonderfully for serving salads and appetizers to your guests. Plus, a platter of vegetables in a light dressing is certainly healthier than salads doused in creamy dressing and served with fried croutons or other high calorie add-ons.
As you can see, with a few tweaks in your catering options, you can easily leave your health-conscious guests feelings happy and satisfied. We hope these catering ideas will inspire your next event’s menu!