If you have been skimming Pinterest for dinner party ideas, join the club! We absolutely love to entertain here at Reserveage Nutrition, and naturally, we are always seeking out ways to make our dinner parties healthier. From beverages that are “better for you” to serving the best possible biodynamic menu (with our hidden wellness secrets in mind) to setting a beautiful table inspired by nature, there are so many healthy inspirations. We’ve rounded up our five favorite ways to bring wellness to your table!
Organic Sangrias and Biodynamic Wines
Every dinner party involves delicious cocktails and wines. Skip extra-sugary drinks laden with empty calories and opt for wines which deliver flavor, elegance and extra hidden health benefits. Organic, biodynamic red wines like burgundies and Bordeaux which contain antioxidants and the powerful polyphenol Resveratrol. Want to mix it up? Serve up a red wine-based seasonal cocktail with white wine, fresh herbs like rosemary and local fruits like granny smith and Raeburn apples, or whole ripe cranberries.
Swap out Basic Soup for Bone Broth
Bone broths are extraordinarily rich in nutrients – particularly minerals and amino acids. For centuries, cultures around the world (from African tribes to Asian cultures) have placed a large emphasis on cooking the whole animal. By incorporating bone broths into their daily diet, they have enjoyed the benefits of digestion support, good skin health, immunity-boosting, and the supporting body’s detoxification process. This season, incorporate a nourishing bone-based broth into your holiday menu. Bonus tip: you can also freeze bone broth in ice cube trays, and transfer the frozen cubes of broth to a reseal able freezer bag, where they will keep for up to 6 months!
Serve Fresh, Grass-fed Organic Poultry and Meat
The cornerstone of the rustic table is often turkey, lamb or brisket. When shopping for your poultry, pork or meat, opt for a local farm or find a free-range, grass-fed organic options at a natural foods store. Recent studies show that a grass-fed game and meat will have a different nutritional complex than a grain-fed, farm-raised animals which means health benefits for you. Also, be sure to save the bones to make as a delicious leftover broth.
Brine or Marinade with Apple Cider Vinegar
Start with fresh, farm-raised, grass-fed poultry (frozen poultry are most typically injected with a sodium solution). Many gourmets love to brine their poultry for flavor but in doing so, naturally increase the saltiness of their recipes. Apple-cider brine contains less salt than the typical recipe. Combine it with apple cider, organic brown sugar, orange peels (the healthiest part of the citrus fruit), minced garlic and fresh herbs like rosemary and bay leaves. You’ll want to start brining two days ahead, but with this easy recipe you will be sure to look like you’ve been preparing for weeks!
Decor Inspired by Nature and Herbs
A super-easy, extra-fragrant way to spice up the dinner table setting is to incorporate natural elements into your decor. Consider fun ideas to like rosemary springs or fresh cinnamon sticks and twine as napkin rings, to cranberries and floating candles in mason jars as centerpieces along the table! For extra fun, send your children to scavenge for design elements right in your backyard — in the fall and winter, acorns, fall leaves and pine twigs all make for beautiful, natural decor on your table; in the spring and summer, cut fresh flowers, leafy vines and collect river stones! Our favorite DIY tip: with a white chalk pen, paint words of hope (peace, joy, love) on stones from the yard and place at each setting for an extra special wish.