The holiday season is upon us which means lots of holiday parties and food. I love attending and hosting holiday parties, I look forward to it every year! The cheese plates, the desserts, and the big meal are some of my favorites. To offer some balance to these foods I always like to bring an appetizer that has lots of veggies and whole-grains. This helps me feel satisfied with my food choices while incorporating important nutrients. I do not deprive myself to the foods I always look forward to, and neither should you! It’s all about what healthy foods you can add into your day to offer more balance. Check out some of my favorite healthy appetizers below.
Veggie Board with Dips. I cut strips of bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots and celery. Circles of radishes get sprinkled throughout the board. I also incorporate some whole-grain crackers, bread sticks, and blue-corn tortilla chips for extra crunch and texture. And then I add dishes of guacamole, traditional hummus, and a beet hummus for dipping!
Roasted Veggie Flatbread. I roll out a store-bought whole-wheat pizza dough and top it with tomato sauce, a mixture of veggies (I really like adding mushrooms, zucchini slices, sliced red onion, bell pepper slices), and shredded mozzarella cheese. I garnish with chopped parsley and sometimes with a drizzle of balsamic glaze.
Sweet Pepper Poppers. This is a fan favorite of one of my good friends! All you need is sweet cherry peppers, fresh small mozzarella balls, and balsamic glaze. You stuff the pepper with a mozzarella ball, arrange them on a platter, and drizzle them with balsamic glaze on top.
Greek Salad Skewers. This are as simple to make as they are delicious to eat. All you need to do is on a 4-inch deli skewer add half of a cherry tomato, slice of cucumber, a kalamata olive, and a chunk of feta cheese. Add a small dish of Greek salad dressing and your dish is made!
Shrimp Cucumber Bites. I cook about ½ pound of shelled shrimp in a sauté pan seasoned with red chili flake, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and chili powder. On top of slices of cucumber I add a layer of guacamole and the top each one with a shrimp for an easy and satisfying bite!
Lower Calorie Oat Uttapam. Uttapam is very popular in my family, and I found a way of making it healthier for all of us to enjoy. Check out my Instagram post for the recipe here!
Veggie-Packed Nachos. Everyone loves nachos, but the traditional is not the healthiest option. To add some more nutritional value, try using multi-grain tortilla chips and fill it with veggies such as tomatoes, black beans, green onion, cucumber, bell pepper, radishes. Then you can top it off with shredded Monterey-Jack cheese for easy melting in a low-heat oven.
The Bottom Line
Appetizers don’t need to be heavy in order to be delicious. Try some of these healthful appetizer ideas to bring to your next holiday party and let me know what you think!
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