Healthier Holiday Apps

Appetizers are meant to hold your guests over until the meal, not fill them up before it starts! Instead of high calorie gut-busters, serve some of these better-for-everyone finger foods at your next holiday shindig.

Shrimp

Low calorie and high protein shrimp are always a crowd pleaser, and they pair so well with sweet and juicy pineapple.

Recipe: Shrimp Pineapple Skewers

 

Deviled Eggs

This classic recipe gets a makeover using nonfat Greek yogurt instead of calorie-heavy mayo, plus a kick of spice and vinegar.

Recipe: Lighter Southern Deviled Eggs

 

Cheese & Crackers (2 Ways)

A small portion of cheese can be a satisfying snack before a holiday meal. Serve along with fresh fruit like figs or grapes and whole grain crackers. Use these tips for assembling the perfect cheese platter.

Recipe: Mustard Onion Jam Crackers with Figs

 

Dips

Instead of dozens of mediocre dips, make one outstanding one. Serve with fresh veggie sticks to keep the calories low.

Recipes: Hot Crab Dip and Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip (pictured above)

 

Poppers

Heat things up with a more elegant version of the popular pub grub. Yes, even a little bacon is allowed for the festivities!

Recipe: Bacon-Apple-Jalapeno Pop ‘Ems

 

Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms are an easy way to highlight vegetables on your appetizer table. Keeping the ingredients light with more veggies and a touch of cheese for this filling to make this recipe healthy yet satisfying.

Recipe: Stuffed Mushrooms

 

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

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