If you’re like most event planners, the idea healthy event menus may seem overwhelming. After all, you are on a budget and healthy food can up the overall costs. However, if you work with a local caterer who will source fresh produce locally, you will be surprised at how cost effective healthy choices on your event menu can be.
Healthy Event Menus Don’t Have to Be Boring
You might think that a healthy event menu would be very limiting. However, it doesn’t have to be. If you work with the right caterer, they should have options for healthier dishes such as pecan crusted talapia and a wide variety of salads and sides.
While healthier meals typically are a bit more simple than say chicken cordon bleu, simple can be beautiful and delicious. Work with foods in season and you’ll save even more on the costs, too.
Healthy Event Menus Ideas
Healthy event menus can include a number of options. You might choose to eliminate gluten, go lower carb, or reduce the fat in the menu. Whatever angle you choose, it is best to stick with whole foods as much as possible. Here are some ideas:
- Fresh squeezed orange juice
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Free range chicken egg quiche
- Small piece of broiled steak
- Low fat muffins (if going low fat)
- Gluten free pancakes (if going gluten free)
- Grass fed butter
- Milk without hormones
You get the idea. You want to focus on whole, fresh, non-toxic foods that are in season.
- Grilled chicken
- Spinach and strawberry salad
- Gluten free pasta
- More fresh fruit dipped in dark chocolate
- Baked breaded chicken
- Vegetable soup made from scratch
- Sandwich made with whole grain bread and grilled chicken patties (stay away from processed lunch meats)
- Roast beef and organic potatoes
- Whole grain rice
- Veggie stir fry
- Grilled veggie skewer with zucchini, mushrooms, squash
- Chicken Monterrey
- Fresh salads
- Low fat sorbet for dessert
Dinner is typically the highlight meal of a conference or event. It needs to be special. Work with your caterer to figure out the best way to meet the needs of those trying to eat healthy, stay on budget, and still offer unique and varied food.
Marketing Healthier Meals
You need to make the healthier meals a highlight of your marketing campaign. For example, let’s say Bob Smith is trying to exercise and eat better. If Bob Smith is looking at two different conferences on growing your business and one offers healthy meals and one doesn’t, Bob will likely go with the healthy option. In this way, you can gain attendees who might have gone with the other event.
Some ways you can point out your healthier options:
- State that you are providing gluten free, sugar free, or more wholesome foods on your information pages on your website.
- Tweet out some info on some of the meals offered at your events in the past and in the future.
- Send an email to past attendees and let them know that you’ll be offering healthy event menus.
- Ask for suggestions to create healthier options.
- Take a poll and make sure your attendees care.
There are many ways you can market a healthier meal plan. Your attendees will thank you when they walk away from the dinner table feeling satisfied but not stuffed to the gills and miserable. Planning a small event? Find out how to offer amazing food to even the smallest group of attendees.