This year Cuppa hosts are once again encouraged to choose healthy drinks / eats for their Cuppa event, and to enter our ‘Healthy Choices’ Recipe Competition, as CANSA is keen to promote a healthy, balanced lifestyle…
Cuppa is an all-encompassing “tea party” in the drinks department, but try to keep it healthy:
- tea – flavoured teas (Chai, Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Jasmine, etc); herbal teas (Rooibos – rooibos cappuccino or espresso – Lemon Rooibos, Lemon & Ginger, Honeybush, Spearmint, Peppermint, Chamomile, etc); Black Tea; Yellow Tea; White Tea; Chinese teas (Keemun, Yunnan, Oolong, Green Tea, etc); Indian teas (Assam, Nilgiri, Masala, Badam, etc), iced tea, etc
- coffee – americano, espresso, cappuccino, blends, iced coffee, etc
- hot chocolate – traditional, white chocolate, etc
- soup – cold, warm, clear, broth, etc
- juice – freshly squeezed fruit or veggie based
- smoothies – healthy and fruity (try our healthy and Delicious Rooibos Smoothie recipe)
- naturally flavoured water – using frozen or fresh fruits, herbs and vegetables
- Rooibos Iced Tea Variations
- Delicious Rooibos Smoothies
- See the health benefits of Rooibos & Honeybush tea
Be creative and have fun with it – any beverage, hot or cold, will do!
Cuppa Hosts usually provide snacks to complement the beverages they serve & their theme, however, if your budget is limited, why not ask a few of your closer friends, who are attending, to help out with a sweet or savoury dish. CANSA does suggest you keep snacks and eats healthy…
- crudités – sliced veggies (celery, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, beans, peppers, asparagus) with vinaigrette or a dipping sauce of your choice, etc.
- finger foods – fruit kebabs, olives, pitas stuffed with fresh salads and / or vegetables, cold roasts (non-processed), sushi (with low-sodium soy sauces), low-fat cheeses, quiches, shaped sandwiches, breads and pate, savoury pancakes, etc.
- food by colour – limit your snack choices to one or two predominant colours
and if you really can’t resist:
- baked goods – cookies, scones, cakes, tarts, cupcakes, brownies, pancakes with sweet fillings, muffins, savoury pastries and pies, samoosas, spring rolls, pizza, etc.
- desserts – homemade ice cream or frozen yoghurt
- sweets – chocolate, fudge
Find inspiration in recipes from Chaine Des Rotisseurs and Megan Pentz-Kluytz, CANSA’s consulting dietician:
- Chaine Des Rotisseurs: Roasted Tomato Chevin Garlic Thyme and Balsamic Tart
- Megan Pentz-Klutyz: Crustless Cheese and Vegetable Tart