‘Tis the season for Christmas parties!

It’s come to that time of year again…. eating, drinking and being merry! Here are some top tips that mean you can enjoy the festive celebrations and plan your food, drink and activity choices at the same time!

BDA Work Ready have put together five tips for enjoying the festive party fun whilst maintaining a healthy balance:

Eat before! The buffet table can often offer limited food choice, usually fat-laden stodgy offerings like sausage rolls, deep fried samosas and savoury snacks that provide little nutritional value. Why not make your own decision to fill up on the food of your choice beforehand? Try eating something healthy and filling before you make your grand entrance, such as hearty vegetable and bean soup, hummus with oatcakes, or fresh fruit and a yogurt-based smoothie.  As a bonus, you won’t be drinking on an empty stomach or have to worry about embarrassing spillages down your favourite party clothes.
Walk this way! If you are travelling by car, why not park a little further away and walk the extra distance (if safe to do so of course) or get off the bus a stop early. Not only will that walk contribute to your daily activity and burn some calories, it will also get your blood pumping making you more alert and energised for the festive fun ahead.  In addition, if you drive, you won’t be tempted by those calorific alcoholic drinks (see below), but be careful to watch the calories in soft drinks too.
Drink, but think! Whilst it is the season to be jolly, take it easy and don’t get carried away. Those enticing, brightly-coloured cocktails are often full of sugar, cream and the hangover favourites – ‘congeners’ (mostly found in darker spirits like whisky and rum).  If you are going to drink alcohol try sticking to a refreshing white wine spritzer (less alcohol and fewer calories) and alternate your alcoholic drink with a glass of water, low calorie soft drinks or unsweetened fruit juice mixed with fizzy water.  If you do want to indulge in cocktail hour with your friends, you could go for the good old fashioned Screwdriver (vodka and unsweetened orange juice) or a Sea Breeze (vodka and cranberry juice).
Festive Foods!   If you do decide to eat at the party, try to pick out healthier options such as skinless chicken, salads without dressing, or veggie crudités with hummus that also contribute to your recommended 5-a-day.  Try to avoid creamy dips, mayo-loaded salads, fried foods, and the pastry offerings that will inevitably be in abundance.  Perhaps visit only once with a small dessert sized plate and then step away from temptation.
Rockin’ around the Christmas…dance floor!   Get those dancing shoes on and bust out your best dance floor moves to classics like Slade, The Pogues (featuring Kirsty McColl) and, Mariah Carey’s All I want for Christmas.  Dancing is a great way of burning calories and it is also the perfect distraction from drinking and eating more.  Just remember to drink lots of water throughout the night to maintain hydration levels and keep up your disco dancing stamina.

Is your organisation putting on a Christmas party for you and your colleagues?

For help tailoring your Christmas party, contact us today at workready@bda.uk.com or 0121 200 8027.

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