February 29, 2016

    Finding appetizers for the holidays that will hold your guests over, but not fill them up can be hard to find. Factor in trying to make them all healthy and it seems nearly impossible to accomplish. The following 4 recipes are all excellent, healthy alternatives to some classic appetizers. Kids won’t know the difference if you use a different dip that isn’t ranch, or if the cheese dip is actually made with dates. So try some of these recipes to please the kids, as well as you and your guests’ weight.

  1. Garlic-Herb Dip

    This dip is a great way to move away from the high-fat and high-calorie dips usually placed on the appetizer tables. For even more health benefits, substitute crackers and chips for various vegetables, such as carrots, peppers, and cucumbers. This is easy to make and can be prepared the day before and put in the refrigerator over night. Try this recipe from Healthy Food for Living.

    Garlic and Herb Dip
    Image courtesy of Made in Mels Kitchen.

  2. Spiced Pecans

    A classic fall treat, enjoyable for all ages. You can choose from various nuts, but pecans are definitely a crowd favorite. They take abut 20 minutes to make and only 15 minutes to bake. These can be prepared days ahead of time and just heated up for a few minutes the day of. A great recipe is from Taste of Home for all ingredients and steps required.

    Spiced Pecans
    Image courtesy of Sweet Peas Kitchen.

  3. Date, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Ball

    Another easy to make appetizer that can be prepared a day ahead of time is this cheese ball with a twist. It can be served with crackers and pretzels, or a fresh assortment of vegetables for a healthier alternative. Check out the recipe from Food for all necessary steps and tips.

    Blue Cheese Ball
    Image courtesy of An Edible Mosaic.

  4. Pumpkin Dip

    This fall favorite is simple to make and enjoyed by all. Try serving with fresh apple slices and other assorted fruit, as opposed to cookies for an even healthier alternative. Check out the easy recipe and steps at My Recipes. It makes about 12 servings, so if you are expecting lots of guests, a double batch may be more appropriate.

    Pumpkin Dip
    Image courtesy of Debi Cooks.

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