Healthy Bridal Shower Menu Ideas
With summer around the corner, bridal shower season has officially begun! You may have a baby shower or two on your calendar as well. Whether you are hosting the gathering or bringing a dish to share, it can be challenging to create menus that taste incredible but won’t derail your healthy eating efforts.If you’re hosting a brunch, overnight baked French toast is an ideal make-ahead dish. By preparing the recipe a day ahead and refrigerating it overnight, you will not only reduce stress the day of the party but you’ll also give the bread time to soak up all of the flavors for an extra tasty entrée.For added nutrition in your baked French toast, swap out white bread for a crusty whole grain loaf. Take advantage of nature’s bounty and incorporate seasonal fruit such as strawberries, peaches or blueberries. Registered dietitian Ellie Krieger offers this easy and delicious Peach French Toast Bake recipe. For an easy protein and fiber boost, add a couple tablespoons of Kretschmer Wheat Germ to the brown sugar and cinnamon topping. The only thing your guests will notice is the added crunch and texture it provides.Frittatas are another wonderful dish to serve at gatherings because they can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature. This Spinach Frittata with Wheat Germ, Mushrooms and Goat Cheese is packed with flavor and can be made up to a day in advance. After all, you want to be able to enjoy your own party!Another fun and interactive idea is to set up a make-your-own-parfait bar where guests can help themselves. Line a table with a variety of yogurts, homemade granola, fresh fruit and other toppings such as Kretschmer Wheat Germ, slivered almonds, chia seeds and even chocolate chips. It’s a great way to get the crowd mingling with one another while allowing guests to have fun creating their own perfect parfait. The best part? This self-serve station allows the hosts more time to relax and celebrate the special day with friends and family.Don’t forget to include a platter or two of delicious desserts. Make-ahead finger foods are the order of the day here. Our Key Lime Tarts with Graham Cracker Crust can be baked a day ahead—just wait to add the whipped cream and lime wedge topping until the day of the party. For a real crowd pleaser, whip up a batch of our Dark Chocolate Truffles with Wheat Germ. Your guests will never know you added an extra healthy ingredient to their decadent chocolate treat.