6 Healthy Snacks for Your Holiday Party

6 Healthy Snacks for Your Holiday Party

If you’re hosting a holiday party this year, you don’t have to serve fried, fatty, and sugary foods. Instead, use it as an opportunity to introduce healthy snacks for your holiday party to your friends and family. Here are some healthy and tasty snacks you should consider serving for your holiday party.

Healthy Snacks to Try This Year at Your Holiday Party

  • Bruschetta.  This is a simple snack to make for a holiday party.  Add in some heirloom tomatoes and cheese to make it gourmet, yet healthy.  The bruschetta is not loaded with calories or fat and the cheese will help to provide protein.  In addition, the tomatoes will add rich flavor to make this snacks a favorite among your guests.
  • Cauliflower and Pancetta. If you haven’t heard of pancetta, it is a meat similar to bacon.  This thinly sliced meat is great for providing protein and when it is added with cauliflower, it makes a great snack to wow the family and friends.  Follow along here for the simple recipe.
  • Apple Delight. This time of year is perfect for apple dishes.  Serving them as an appetizer or snack is a healthy option for anyone hosting a holiday party this year.  Add in some cashews, cheese, or candied walnuts to complete this treat and serve with some apple cider if you desire.  If you are a party guest, these are perfect to bring to the party.
  • Vegetables and Dip. Find a fat-free, low-sodium dip that everyone can enjoy and chop up some fresh vegetables.  You can use all varieties of bell peppers, celery, cabbage, broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower to name a few.  Sprinkle some fresh lemon over the veggies to give it a little flav for those who want to eat them without any dip.  Vegetable trays can be costly, so if you are able to gather your own fresh vegetables, you will be saving money and providing healthy snacking options for the holiday party.
  • Mini Cheese Cups. Gather about one pound of seedless grapes and small petit. Each cup should get a grape cut in half and a small piece of cheese.  You can choose Reggiano Parmigiano, Brie, or Gouda depending on what you enjoy; however, just make sure to add only a small amount of cheese to keep the fat content low.
  • Avocado Hummus. Hummus and avocado are two of the most trendy and popular super foods around, and make a great combination when mixed together.  Use this recipe to make a tasty treat that can be served at your holiday party and serve it with crackers, bruschetta, vegetables, or anything else that makes a great dipper.

Eating healthy over the holidays does not have to be something that is a chore; it should be fun.  Consider making any of the foods above for your holiday party and snack your way to good health.  Healthy snacking is a great way to prevent overeating at the holiday party and it is a trendy way to wow your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors in a good way.

 

References

[1] http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/healthy-eating/superfoods/healthiest-party-foods-holiday-party-guide/

[2] http://www.themeaningofpie.com/2011/03/pancetta-and-sage-cauliflower/

[3] http://luminousvegans.com/2013/11/16/virtual-vegan-potluck-nov-2013/

[4] http://www.cookinglight.com/entertaining/holidays-occasions/holiday-cookbook-appetizers-drinks/grams-clam-dip-1

[5] http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20306663_3,00.html

[6] http://acozykitchen.com/avocado-hummus/

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