Tips & Ideas: Cuppa Drinks and Eats

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 Drinks

True Love Cuppa

Cuppa is an all-encompassing “tea party” in the drinks department, but try to keep it healthy:

  • teaflavoured 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

Healthy Recipes:

Be creative and have fun with it – any beverage, hot or cold, will do!

Cuppa Eats

Good Housekeeping Cuppa

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

Healthy Recipes:

Find inspiration in recipes from Chaine Des Rotisseurs and Megan Pentz-Kluytz, CANSA’s consulting dietician: