Find out where to get all the dishes and drinks you can safely indulge in at holiday parties without breaking your diet
It’s the season to eat and drink merrily, but let’s not forget to stay mindful of our choices so as to not overindulge. That being said, it’s easy to make the healthy choice when health tastes good. It’s a common misconception that transitioning to a plant-based diet means giving up great desserts, but these recipes prove otherwise. And if you bring these tasty treats and desserts to your next holiday party, you’ll be sure to impress your family and friends.
Healthy Bean has some of the best sugar-free cookies anywhere. They have Berry Fruity Cookies, which are gluten-free and have the lowest calorie count out of all their cookies, as well as gluten-free Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies. Their other best-sellers are the organic sugar and gluten-free Matcha White Chocolate Cookies and the assorted package of eight gluten-free cookies with sugar-free chocolate ingredients. Healthy Bean also offers cakes, cupcakes, donuts, and even more. Alternatively, you can opt for Mamaizing Homemade Indulgence, which offers vegan and dairy-free chunky cookies in chocolate and white chocolate.
You can never go wrong with cake, especially a plant-based one as delicious as those made by Power Stash. Power Stash makes vegan desserts that are plant-based, egg-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free. Among their best-selling cakes is the Pistachio Supreme, which is made of four layers of pistachio with a hint of matcha chiffon cake, layered with pistachio cream, and is then topped with dark chocolate and crushed pistachio nuts with a sprinkling of edible gold. This vegan cake also has a sugar-free option that’s suitable for people with diabetes. Another great option is Simply Healthy, which serves vegan and plant-based cakes and cupcakes. You can even message them to customize the design and ingredients if you want something that’s also Keto-friendly. Lastly, if you think you can’t commit to a cake, feel free to get cupcakes from Cupcakes By Sonja. This store has an entire healthy line devoted to healthy and plant-based alternatives to common desserts like red velvet and chocolate cupcakes.
Donuts are another great contribution to a social event. For plant-based options, visit Green Bar in Makati for an assortment of donuts, as well as other pastries. Gluten-free mochi donuts from The Wholesome Table are another healthy option as mochi is known to carry a lot of vitamins, is low in saturated fat and very low in cholesterol, and contains lots of Riboflavin, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, and Manganese. And as mentioned earlier, Healthy Bean has more than just cookies. Apart from cakes and bread slices, they have Vegan Nutella Donuts, which are sugar-free, gluten-free, and freeze-ready. The other types of donuts you can order are the Lemon White Chocolate Glazed Donut, the Peanut Butter Pistachio Donut, and more.
What’s a holiday party without alcoholic beverages? Turn up at your next event with The Curator Coffee & Cocktails’ Eggnog cocktail, or make a non-alcoholic and vegan eggnog blend yourself for your non-alcohol-drinking friends. Not only is eggnog festive and appropriate for the holiday season, but it’s also good for you—with moderation—since it’s full of vitamins and minerals. Alternatively, you can opt for vegan wine brands like Hopes End whose Red Blend is a smooth blend from South Australia with tasting notes of foraged dark fruits, earthy vanilla with a hint of oak, and a touch of chocolate.