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How can I provide healthy food options at meetings and events?

To provide healthy food options for a meeting or event, be sure to tell food service professionals your requests for food preparation. Indicate food allergies or dietary restrictions when food is ordered. The following are other ways to make your next meeting's meal healthier:
  • Serve low-calorie and low-fat foods.
  • Serve fruits and vegetables whenever possible.
  • Serve small portions (cut bagels in halves or quarters, for example).
  • Serve milk (fat-free or 1%), 100% fruit or vegetable juice, water or unsweetened iced tea instead of soft drinks.
  • Lunch and dinner don’t have to include a heavy dessert -- fresh fruit, a fruit crisp or cobbler and small cookies, for example, are fine options.
  • Include a vegetarian option at all meals.
  • Provide reduced-fat or low-fat milk for coffee rather than cream or half and half (evaporated skim milk also works well for coffee -- make sure it’s not sweetened condensed milk).
  • Provide pitchers of water.

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