How to Attend Social Gatherings While Sticking to Your Wellness Goals

By Paige Clairmont

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We are one month into the New Year! How’s it going so far?

With the Super Bowl right around the corner, followed by Valentine’s day, and long dark winter days in general, it can be hard to stay focused on our wellness goals. However, following just a few key steps each day will help you successfully and healthfully attend every social gathering and fun event you have planned! If you participated in Christy’s cleanse earlier this month, you learned about mindful eating, chewing your food slowly, and enjoying small portions more often throughout the day. Tips like this can be beneficial all year, cleanse or not.

When invited to a dinner party, of course you’re not in control of deciding the main course. In this case, I always offer to bring a healthy appetizer or salad. Appetizers such as raw veggies, whole grain crackers, and hummus or guacamole are great ways to ensure a satisfying snack is nearby and available to you. I also enjoy being in charge of the side salad! I have two go-to salad recipes that are sure to be crowd pleasers! Everyone is always eager to try these, and they always disappear quick. Unfortunately, I don’t remember where I originally found the recipes, but they’ve been favorites for years.

Maple Salad Dressing

  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ⅛  teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½  teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
Whisk together and serve over a salad of mixed leafy greens, chopped green apple, crumbled goat cheese, and spiced pecans. Alternatively in the summer months, I like to swap apple for strawberry and pecans for almonds.

Vegan Caesar Salad

In a food processor combine:
  • 2 tablespoons raw almonds
  • 2 minced cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon capers
  • 1 teaspoon caper brine
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of tahini
  • 2 teaspoons spicy mustard
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ⅛ cup water to get things moving!

Add more water if necessary and be sure to scrape down the sides of your food processor to ensure a smooth consistency throughout. Serve over chopped romaine.

Remember, it's not about deprivation. It's about adding in lots of the good stuff to help crowd out the foods that are not serving you well. Having healthy options available helps making great choices so much easier!


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