Healthy Choices

Healthy Choices at School-Sponsored Events for Adults
“Walking the Walk,” wherever we go!

 Helpful Hints for food:

  • Offer fruits and veggies wherever food is offered
  • Serve breads and snacks where the first ingredient is “whole grain”
  • Choose only low fat and nonfat dairy, including cream/milk for coffee, yogurt, and cheese
  • Pick snacks that offer smaller  portions, with less than 35% of calories from sugar and fat
    • Ask for sauces and dressings on the side.
    • Offer choices for diabetics, vegetarians/vegans, and those participants with food allergies
    • Avoid fried foods like hash browns, French fries, onion rings, fried fish or chicken, cake, pies, pastries or ice cream with high fat content, and cream based soups

Helpful Hints for drinks:

  • Choose beverages that do not have added sweeteners or flavorings
  • Always offer plain water, and offer a squeeze of  fresh lemon, lime, or orange to flavor water
  • Serve 100% juice
  • Serve coffee or tea with a low fat or fat-free milk option, along with alternative sweeteners
  • Serve only water, 100% juice, and nonfat milk  for student events. For adult-only events, serve drinks that are compliant with Mayor Menino’s Executive Order. This includes sparkling water or diet beverages, but not drinks with added sugars like non-diet sodas, pre-sweetened teas/coffees, energy and sports drinks, or water with added sugars.

Healthy Choices for Breakfast and Brunch:

  • Assorted fresh fruit
  • Vegetables for omelet fillings or added to  scrambled eggs
  • Yogurt, non-fat or low fat. Offer a plain yogurt option, along with fruit flavors
  • 100% whole grain cereals and granola
  • 100% whole wheat toast, bagels and fruit breads. Slice breads to encourage smaller portions
    • Low fat cream cheese spreads and nut butters for toast or bagels
    • Tea, Coffee, Regular and Decaf, with Non-fat and Low-fat milk
    • 100% Juice

Healthy Choices for Lunch and Dinner:

  • Vegetable platter with low fat dip
  • Fruit kabobs
  • Salad with oil & vinegar dressing, offered on the side
  • At least two vegetables with every meal, sea­soned with herbs
    • Broth-based soup
    • Lean turkey/tuna/veggie sandwiches on 100% whole grain bread
    • Foods that are baked, broiled, poached, grilled, roasted or steamed
    • Brown rice and whole grain pastas with olive oil, tomato or other vegetable-based sauces
    • Low fat cheeses, sandwich spreads and condiments, offered on the side

 Healthy Choices for Breaks, Snacks and Desserts:

  • Fruit and vegetable platters
  • Non-fat or low fat dips, salsa, or hummus
  • Low fat frozen yogurt
  • Baked tortilla chips, low fat pretzels, or popcorn
  • If you choose to offer a baked good, offer small portion sizes only

Download the Healthy Event Guidelines for Adults flyer