If you've been following the That Clean Life blog lately, you'll notice we've been a little too excited about this upcoming long weekend. We invited our friends over for a clean potluck and now we're sharing with you how it went! We’ve rounded up tips that you can pass along to your clients on hosting a healthy gathering and getting their friends on board too!
1. Plan ahead.
Help your clients pick guaranteed delicious recipes that are easy to make. From our list of top crowdpleasers, we went with the Crock-Pot Burrito Soup and Mac n ' 'Cheese' (obviously). We also added a Nacho Bar which includes our Sweet Potato Nachos and Spicy Mango Guacamole.
Hosting any party can be stressful and much of it comes down to the amount of prep work you need to do. Help your clients understand what they can prepare ahead of time and spread the work over the week(s). For instance, the "cheese" sauce for the Mac n' Cheese can be frozen weeks in advance, and all the Crock Pot Burrito Soup ingredients can be chopped days ahead to hit the slow cooker on the morning of.
The great thing about these recipes is they all share similar toppings. As you know, ease of use is key for clients to get excited about clean food options! We set out guacamole, grape tomatoes, greek yogurt, salsa, corn, black beans, chickpeas, feta cheese, sauteed mushrooms, black olives, chopped cilantro, green onions and baked shredded chicken.
Oh, and let's not forget about that DIY popcorn bar we shared with you earlier this week.
2. Have your clients challenge their friends to make a healthy contribution.
For many, this will be a fun opportunity to try something new and maybe throw in a little shock factor (black bean brownies!). Our friends made quinoa salad, baked falafels, quinoa pasta with homemade meatballs, black bean burgers, roasted chickpeas and mini turkey meatloaves!
For some, this might be more difficult. Encourage your clients to share their journey with their friends. Help them define what clean eating means so they can remind their guests to keep it simple and that most of what they often bring already meet the criteria (e.g. veggies and hummus, guacamole, salads, etc).
3. Encourage your clients to set the tone and share the menu.
Have your clients let their guests know what they’ll have on deck by providing a tentative menu. This gets the excitement and salivary glands going, while potentially inspiring their own ideas on what to bring. Most of our guests have already tried the infamous Mac n' 'Cheese' and couldn't wait to have more of it. Encourage your clients to bribe their friends with undeniable deliciousness. Simple.
4. Check-in with easy recipe ideas or local suggestions.
Put the power in your clients hands! Have them suggest some recipes for those people who are still undecided heading into the last few days of the potluck. Have your clients share our list of top crowdpleasers for inspiration! For those short on time or uninterested in cooking, we recommended specialty shops we knew produced high-quality products. Desserts can be a tricky one so we suggested Tori's Bakeshop for their vegan, organic, gluten-free cupcakes.
5. Explore drink options.
Don't forget the drinks! There are so many ways you can encourage your clients to get creative with fun bevvies. We set out fruit-infused water, fruit-infused soda (vodka optional!) with local organic beers and ciders. Using frozen fruit saved us time and ice.
6. Have fun!
Eating healthy can be fun and simple, and sharing this experience with our friends made it even more so. Remind your clients that including a community makes eating clean and taking charge of their own journey much more exciting! There's bound to be cooking mishaps but just make light of them. A few guests (with minimal cooking experience) made sure to preface their newly-tried recipes with a food poisoning dislcaimer (Note: no one has since reported food poisoning). Ultimately, this long weekend is about spending quality time with the amazing people in your life. Have a happy and healthy May long weekend!
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