If you’ve started off your year with a resolution to eat a little more healthily after the indulgence of Christmas, it can sometimes be difficult to stick to your commitment, especially when special occasions come around.

Whether it’s birthday celebrations, anniversaries or simply a pay day treat, take a look at our ideas and inspiration for enjoying eating something special to mark an occasion, while still eating healthy, delicious foods. 

To start

An excellent option for dinner parties, or to cook up and add another dimension to a buffet, these recipes are light, tasty and full of flavour. Featuring ingredients such as juicy prawns, fresh plums and creamy goats cheese, they’re certainly going to start your party off with a bang.

The main event

Whether you want to create a centrepiece for your guests to dive into, or simply create a healthier twist on a crowd-pleaser, you’ll find lots of fun and refreshing ideas below. Featuring lower fat lasagne that doesn’t compromise on flavour, and vegan options such as a stuffed butternut squash, you’re sure to find a dish to suit just about any palate.

To finish off

Desserts are often the easiest place to slip back into old habits. But we’ve got a few ideas that’ll mean you can tick the sweet treat craving box, without compromising your healthy eating streak too much. Featuring hidden veg, fruit-based options and tasty treats, find pudding inspiration below.