10 Healthy Holiday Appetizers Guests Will Rave About

By | December 13, 2018

Healthy appetizers can be hard to come by at holiday parties. Bring one of these holiday appetizers that are as delicious as they are good for you.

Warm Figs with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Glaze

Figcourtesy Christy Brissette MS RD 80twentynutrition.com

Aren’t figs just gorgeous?! And when you dress them up with creamy goat cheese, a touch of extra sweetness from honey and a hint of tartness from balsamic vinegar, you have a winning appetizer. Try these warm figs with goat cheese and balsamic glaze for a nibble that satisfies! Not only do figs instantly elevate your appetizers to gourmet, they’re packed with nutrients. Figs are a good source of fiber, which can help you get to and keep a healthy body weight. Fiber is also needed for healthy digestion and to lower your risk of colorectal cancer. You’ll also get bone health benefits from this tasty fruit. One cup of dried figs provides 240 mg of calcium, almost as much as a cup of milk (about 300 mg).

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Heart Healthy Vegan Avocado Ceviche

Cevichecourtesy The Haas Avocado Board

This zesty heart-healthy vegan avocado ceviche swaps out the raw fish for cauliflower for a fresh take on this classic appetizer. Raw fish can be a tricky one to serve at parties for food safety reasons, so this plant-based ceviche is a great option. Avocados are packed with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats—aka the “good fats”—and are a good source of fiber.

A pilot study at Loma Linda University found that adding half an avocado to the lunch of overweight participants led to a significant reduction in their desire to eat five hours after the meal—plus, it helped control their insulin response. These are promising findings that could lead to more research on avocados for weight loss and diabetes prevention and management. Here are 18 more vegan appetizers everyone will love.

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Butternut Squash Mini Pizzas

Butternut-squash-pizzacourtesy Christy Brissette MS RD 80twentynutrition.com

Butternut squash isn’t just for the classic soup. It’s fantastic as a no-fuss pizza crust! These butternut squash mini pizzas are super easy to make. They’re also Paleo, gluten-free, and loaded with nutrients. Butternut squash is an excellent source of beta carotene, with one cup delivering a day’s worth of this powerful antioxidant. Beta carotene can help support your immune system and keep skin and hair looking gorgeous. I love to load up my mini pizzas with vegetables, such as roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, and green peppers. For sauce, I alternate between classic tomato sauce, pesto, and sundried tomato-infused olive oil.

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