Healthier Snack Ideas For Your Holiday Party

2011-11-3-RUP-top-20-holiday-snacks-586x322By now, you have probably been to a bunch of holiday-themed parties, socials, get-togethers, mixers and hootenannies. It’s the nature of the late fall/early winter beast.

Of course, these parties can wreak havoc on your waist-line if you’re not careful. One preventative measure is to bring a healthy party dish of your own to snack on; something you know you can eat and not feel guilty about. We’ve uncovered three dishes that are tasty, healthy and perfect for your next party!

Mini cheese mix (Recipe from Health.com) – You’re making party appetizers here, not building a Saturn V rocket. Don’t complicate the simple…just grab some grapes, 12 ounces of parm and some petit-four cups. Just 26 calories!

Roasted Garlic-Edamame Spread (Recipe from Southern Living) – Every party needs a dip or spread, it’s part of the unwritten social contract by which we all abide. Therefore, opt for a spread that is (1) tasty, (2) cheap to make and (3) healthy. Simple ingredients and limited prep yield this awesome holiday party dip…which can be delivered on the flesh of fresh-cut veggies.

Chili-Roasted Black-Eyed Peas (Recipe from Southern Living) – While searching for healthy holiday party appetizers, we came across this intriguing dish that would be perfect for a New Year’s Eve get-together. Take a couple of cans of black-eyed peas (wash and soak, please, to remove excess sodium), toss with olive oil, chili powder, cumin and a pinch of salt, then bake for 45 minutes. Crispy, spicy, tasty and easy.

(Note: These recipes are not endorsed by the American Heart Association. They are links to external Web sites, which may or may not meet AHA guidelines.)


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