For those of you who are still loving the thrill of summer entertaining we highly recommend checking out Elle Daftarian’s latest project – SHEentertains. It’s a digital magazine filled with detailed entertaining tips from Daftarian’s very own company: Petite & Sweet. The launch issue features party tips from Canadian it-girl and mother of 3, Jessica Mulroney. Check out the digital mag here to find out how to entertain while being a guest at your own party!
Author: Maria Guerra, Instagram @GZMAP
Summer has arrived and the first thoughts that come to my mind are patio time, BBQ , picnics and hot lovely days. Yes!!! I love this time of the year. Getting together with family and friends to enjoy the outdoors is awesome! but… how does one entertain without putting aside their healthy food habits? or I should say “Diet” which I avoid using because I believe eating healthy it is a lifestyle – a way to love yourself.
Follow these simple tips and your summer party will be a delicious, healthy success!
- Choose cooling food. During the summer our bodies are warm and often dehydrated. Doctor Sandra Murphy (Naturopathic Doctor) advises to eat cooling and hydrating foods like raw food, vegetables, fruits and homemade vitamin water (lemon, orange, cucumber, berries, mint, etc. plus water.). If you are looking to make alcoholic drinks prepare your own cocktails, that way you can control the amount of sugar that’s in them. You can use raw honey or cane sugar as a sweetener.
- Get in touch with the season. When you buy seasonal you get food at it’s peek nutrition! It also has a richer flavour, so get out there to check out farmer’s markets and support local food. Summer time is the best time to get avocados, cucumbers, tomatoes , cherries, watermelon, melons, strawberries, peaches, corn, zucchini and lettuce.
- Indulging your guest. Keep it simple, cool and light with assorted fruits or homemade popsicles! There are many flavour combinations to explore, just use your imagination. For example berries, coconut, peanut butter & banana, lemon& orange,kiwi, etc .You can use as a base coconut milk, almond milk, Greek yogurt or whichever kind of milk you prefer. You can also add some veggies (carrots, beets or cucumbers) to make them even healthier!!! You will need a juicer, Vitamix or a good blender for it. One great book to look at for inspiration on healthy desserts & snack options is Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon.
Here’s to a great summer of healthy entertaining!