13 Easy Healthy Holiday Appetizers
Ideas for holiday appetizers!
Need a quick healthy holiday appetizer for a social gathering? Try these festive Dietitian approved ideas inspired with good nutrition:
1. Baked chips with edamame guacamole
Take sundried tomato flour tortilla wraps and brush with vegetable oil. Cut with scissors into triangle wedges and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Bake tortillas until lightly browned and toasted. Serve with guacamole blended with shelled cooked edamame beans to add some additional protein. Grab the recipe here: Edamame Guacamole
2. Asparagus wrapped in prosciutto
Roll slightly steamed or blanched asparagus with a piece of prosciutto and once you are ready to serve grill on the BBQ or roast in the oven until prosciutto is crispy. Serve asparagus with a splash of balsamic vinegar or bottled balsamic crema.
3. Red and green fruit kabobs
On a short appetizer-sized bamboo skewer, thread green grapes, honeydew melon, kiwi fruit slices and fresh strawberry slices for a festive red and green fruit kabob. You can also alternate with cubes of Havarti cheese if you like.
4. Bite-sized caprese salad
Thread a cherry or grape tomato, fresh basil leaf and mini bocconcini cheese on a toothpick. Once you are ready to serve, drizzle your platter with olive oil and balsamic vinegar (or bottled balsamic crema).
5. Red and green veggie and dip platter
Make a festive veggie platter with cherry tomatoes, red pepper slices, cucumber slices, broccoli and snap peas with your favorite creamy dip or hummus.
6. Avocado tomato feta dip
You can’t go wrong when you add chopped tomato, diced avocado, onion, feta cheese and a drizzle of red wine vinegar and lemon juice. For the exact recipe you can find that on our website here: Avocado Tomato Feta Dip.
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7. Pesto stuffed mushrooms
Remove stems from small white, brown or cremini mushrooms. Heat a skillet with drizzle of oil and pan-fry mushroom
s stem side up for about 5 minutes and then flip over and fill with pesto and cook for another few minutes. Garnish with a couple of pomegranate seeds.
8. Broccoli Christmas tree
Arrange broccoli in the shape of a tree on a flat large baking sheet. “Decorate” your tree with cherry tomatoes, radishes, round slices of carrot, round slices of mini cucumbers and yellow pepper slices for garland.
9. Baked brie and roasted red peppers
Bake a round of brie cheese, topped with diced, roasted red peppers (you can purchase these in a jar) and minced
garlic (or sundried tomatoes packed in oil), serve with whole grain crackers and celery sticks and red pepper slices with dip.
10. Cracker appetizer bites
Whole grain crackers (my favorites are Lesley Stowe raincoast crisps) with whipped cream cheese and red or green
hot pepper jelly.
11. Stuffed baby potatoes
Boil baby potatoes until tender. Cool and cut in half (trim a small slice from the bottom of each half so it stands upright. Brush with melted butter and top with sour cream and fresh chives.
12. Smoked salmon cucumber bites
Cut English cucumbers into ¼ inch round slices, add a spoon of whipped cream cheese and top with smoked salmon or shrimp. Garnish with fresh dill.
13. Roasted spicy chickpeas
Purchase pre-made roasted chickpeas and toss with a splash of oil, soy sauce, ginger, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper and sesame oil. You can also make your own with our recipe here: Roasted Spicy Chickpeas
How do I navigate more indulgent holiday treats and appetizers?
Don’t be a scrooge and nitpick your favorite holiday treats and make family and friends that are celebrating traditional foods feel badly.
It’s not what you do between Christmas and New Year’s, but what you do between New Year’s and Christmas that really counts.
Health should be measured by your ability to not only eat healthfully but also soulfully with fun and flexibility.
Looking for a healthy gift idea for a friend or family member?
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