Healthy Holiday Appetizer Ideas

I love all the parties and get togethers this time of year!  When I host, I try to offer my guests light and healthy appetizers versus heavy dips or meat and cheese options.  You do not need to sacrafice flavor to have a low calorie appetizer.  I rely on my favorites like roasted peppers, garlic and fresh herbs to provide the flavor.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Roasted Veggie Wonton Cups

Wonton Cups stuffed with Mushrooms

I am not big on anything prepackaged, but I do break that rule from time to time.  Wonton wrappers are an excellent way to have a healthy well put together appetizer in a flash.  You can make actual wontons with these or use them in a muffin pan to make Veggie filled Wonton Cups.  By avoiding oil, cheese or frying, you have a great appetizer that's about 20 - 25 calories per cup or wonton.  

Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed Mushrooms

These stuffed mushrooms add a classic elegance to your holiday appetizer offering!   The best part, they are super healthy for you and only have about 10 calories per stuffed mushroom.  In my version, there is an option to add parmesan or vegan parmesan - both adding roughly 7 calories per teaspoon of cheese.      Click on the link for the full recipe.

Potato Spinach Balls

Potato Spinach Balls

These potato and spinach balls are fantastic.  This recipe uses no oil or butter and the crunch comes from panko bread crumbs that are baked to crisy perfection.  I like to add jalapenos and artichokes for a richer flavor.  These are great dipped in my Spicy Green Goodness Sauce!

Dry Roasted Brussel Srouts with Spicy Mustard dipping sauce

Dry roasted brussel sprouts

You are all probably thinking that dry roasted brussel sprouts would not make a good appetizer, but try it because you will love it!  Not only healthy and delicious, these brussel sprouts are super easy.  Wash and trim off the ends, place on baking sheet and sprinkle with garlic powder.  Roast for 30 minutes at 400 degrees.  Skewer each sprout with a toothpick and serve with your favorite brown or spicy mustard.  Totally guilt free.

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