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With the holiday season in full swing, it is sometimes difficult to entertain while still serving and eating healthy foods. However, with a little planning and imagination, you can make taste tempting healthy appetizers for your next holiday party.

Having a few healthy appetizer recipes on hand will help you to enjoy the holiday knowing that you can celebrate in style while still eating healthy.

Turkey Salad On Cucumber Rounds

  • ½ cup finely chopped cooked turkey
  • ½ of a small apple chopped fine
  • ¼ cup finely chopped red bell pepper or sun dried tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons low fat plain yogurt or low fat mayonnaise
  • 1 Teaspoon fresh chives or parsley
  • ¼ cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 24-1/4 inch thick slices of cucumber

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients except for the cucumber slices and chives or parsley into a mixing bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.

On a serving tray arrange the cucumber slices neatly and using a teaspoon, spoon the turkey salad onto the cucumber rounds. Sprinkle the chives or parsley on top, cover and refrigerate until time to serve.

Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

These stuffed cherry tomatoes are bright and cheery and make wonderful low calorie appetizers for any party or get together.

Ingredients

  • 24 cherry tomatoes cleaned and prepared ready to eat
  • 7 or 8 tablespoons of low fat cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 Tablespoons low fat mayonnaise
  • 4 slices of bacon cooked, drained and crumbed finely
  • ¼ cup finely crushed almonds
  • 1 Tablespoon chives
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

In a mixing bowl combine softened cream cheese and mayonnaise. Add garlic powder, bacon, chives and almonds and mix well.

Set Cherry tomatoes out on a serving tray and cut an X in the top of each tomato about ½ way through. Gently spread the cut portion and spoon about ½ to 1 teaspoon of cream cheese filling into each tomato. Chill until ready to serve.

These are just two of the many healthy appetizer recipes that are available for you to make. They take little time and look elegant.

Other Appetizer Ideas

Vegetable and fruit trays always make great healthy appetizers and instead of using that high calorie ranch dressing as a dip why not try adding some dry ranch dressing to a little plain yogurt for a lower calorie and healthier alternative.

Try serving bite size portions of hot appetizers. For example, cut chicken breast into 1 inch cubes, roast them with herbs and serve on a toothpick. Smaller portions contain less fat and calories and are therefore automatically healthier for you.

 

 

 

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