Eating Healthy at a Party

Here's how to make healthy choices at the buffet table.

Healthy Party Food

Healthy Party Food

Nutrition expert Jay Kerwin explains how to make healthy choices at the buffet table.

  • Try eating a little something before the party so you don't arrive starving and binge on junk food. A handful of almonds is a good choice because the fat in them takes the edge off your hunger.
  • You should eat only as much as will fit into your cupped hands. Portion control is essential.
  • Serve a proper portion while going through the line, and eat from your plate rather than constantly returning to the table so you can keep track of how much you have had.
  • At a breakfast buffet, try one pancake with applesauce instead of a stack of cakes with butter and syrup. This cuts the calories in half. A regular cheese-and-bacon omelet has 250 calories. An egg white omelet with veggies has only 76 calories. If you do have a regular omelet, eat only half.
  • If you are served chicken at a restaurant, remove the skin before eating to save a significant number of calories.
  • A single chicken wing has 200 calories and a single Swedish meatball has 85 calories. Fill up instead on veggies and dip.
  • Choose wisely with chicken. Dark meat with gravy is about 208 calories per piece. Skinless white meat without gravy is only 117 calories.
  • Spinach dip has about 338 calories, while plain sautéed spinach has 106. If you face something creamy or fried, just have a little bit. Don't eat the whole portion.
  • Try and drink plenty of water so you'll feel full.

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