Are you ready for game day, your favorite awards show, or movie night with friends? Now is the time of year when people are looking to cure their cabin fever with some fun socializing. Avoid that mid-winter slump and earn the title of “most popular on the block,” by hosting a gathering at your house.
Tip #1: Avoid the party snack doldrums. Instead of the typical high-fat snack spread washed down with soda or alcohol, opt for a healthier balance of foods that keep guests alert, satiated and nourished. For example, serve a simple meat, cheese and fruit platter, alternating slices of apple, ham and cheddar. Or create crowd-pleasing skewers featuring savory chunks of cooked apple sausages and sweet, fresh apple wedges. For even more smiles, dip apples in vitamin C-fortified apple juice, which prevents browning.
Tip #2: Rethink the chip. Chips need not be part of the junk food minefield; you have options. Apple chips are a crispy snack to nestle among the usual suspects. Dusted in cinnamon or dunked in our apple cilantro salsa, apple chips add variety to the mix. Encourage guests to enjoy the fresh crunch of apple chips with cherry tomatoes, creamy avocado and spicy jalapeno!
Tip #3: Refresh the beverage lineup. Quench your guests’ thirst with nutrient-packed apple products. Sparkling apple juice is perfect for toasting a big touchdown or a fabulous gown on the red carpet, and cider and juice make good mixers. If you’re looking for a little extra punch, try hard cider, mulled cider or even apple wine!
Whether you are hosting the big party of the season, or just an impromptu gathering, stocking up on apples and apple products is sure to help you score with friends!