This time of year the list of holiday parties we have to bring food to seems to be ever-expanding. While the norm may be to bring something like boxed brownies or cookies, this year get out of the rut! Bring a healthy dish to keep energy levels high and that New Year’s dress fitting just right. We’ve compiled a list of party-ready foods that are easy and wallet friendly options for your holiday event lineup:
- Bruschetta~ authentic Italian appetizer that doesn’t get any easier…top a slice of Italian bread with tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and basil—viola!
- Guacamole~ avocados help lower cholesterol and regulate blood pressure, an added tip: mix in diced tomatoes for additional antioxidant power
- Veggies and hummus (or greek yogurt based dip) ~use the red and green veggie colors to your advantage to spruce up your veggie display!
- Fruit and cheese plate~ crowd favorite, try a fruit dip made from vanilla yogurt and cinnamon for a sweet kick
- Whole grain crackers and lean meats~ pack a protein punch with lean meat slices (roast beef and turkey are generally lower in fat than ham)
- Mini soup shooters~ serve a veggie based soup like tomato or broccoli in small plastic cups that will be easier for guests vs. a spoon…soups are a great low-calorie way to warm & fill up
- Smoked salmon and whole wheat toast~ salmon is a winner all around, it combines easily digestible protein and Omega-3 fatty acids to provide muscle, heart, and brain benefits
- Spinach quiche~ use a whole wheat crust and a hefty heaping of this superfood (chock full of iron and calcium)
- Low-fat bean dip with whole grain chips~ legumes are a great source of fiber and protein, reducing cancer risks, improving blood glucose & blood pressure, and lowering cholesterol (no brainer!)
- Bite-sized desserts~ small portions allow guests to sample a couple different types of dessert while watching waistbands… an added tip: if the recipe calls for white flour, try ½ white ½ whole wheat…makes it healthier and the difference is undetectable!
What is your favorite “healthy holiday” dish?