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The Greatist Table: 10 Healthy Holiday Party Snacks from Around the Web
There are thousands of new recipes posted online every day. We love trolling sites like Pinterest, Gojee, and Tastespotting as much as the next person, but we realize that can be a huge time drain. Holiday party season is a great time to catch up with friends and family, but it can be rough on a diet. With cheese plates, canapés, and pigs-in-a-blanket galore, it's hard to eat healthy and still enjoy yourself. This week, we rounded up 10 smarter appetizers for a healthier holiday party.
Beet and Goat Cheese Spread via Brittany Powell
Liven up the appetizer table with this brightly colored dip — the festive hue comes from red beets! Pair it with crackers, chips, or sliced veggies. We even think it would make an interesting base on a seasonal pizza.
Shrimp Salad on Endive via Inspired Taste
This all-in-one snack requires no plates or utensils, so it's ideal for passing around at a big party. Crunchy, slightly bitter endive provides a nice contrast to sweet shrimp.
Turkey Teriyaki Meatballs via Cookin' Canuck
These little guys pack a powerful flavor punch. The meatballs themselves — made with low-fat ground turkey — are full of fresh herbs and spices, while the teriyaki glaze provides a sweet finish.
Edamame-Pear Crostini via Eat Yourself Skinny Bored of tired holiday party standbys like baked brie and chicken wings? Try a lighter, fresher approach with this unexpected hors d'oeuvre. Edamame, mint, and pear crostini will definitely keep any palate entertained.
Parmesan-Crusted Baked Zucchini via Joyful Abode These indulgent-looking starters are baked, not fried. Dip zucchini slices in coconut flour, egg, and some parmesan cheese and stick them in the oven until crispy and golden.
Anna's Eggplant Appetizer via Laylita's Recipes
Healthy grilled eggplant and fresh tomato balance out the rich garlic-cheese sauce on top. Yummy proof that a little bit of something decadent goes a long way.
Spinach-Artichoke Dip via A Dash of Sass
If you've written off spinach-artichoke dip as a dangerfood, think again. This version is so far from the Applebee's standby — it gets its creaminess from ground cannellini beans and just a touch of low-fat ricotta cheese and sour cream.
Quinoa and Pea Spice Croquettes via Cook Republic
Serve these appetizers when vegan or gluten-free friends come a-calling. Adding quinoa as part of the base binds the whole shebang together, so there's no need for egg or flour. Coriander, cumin, and masala give these bites some spicy Indian flavor.
Pine Nut Stuffed Mushrooms (Gluten-Free) via The Healthy Apple
Stuffed mushrooms are normally loaded with breadcrumbs, cheese, and other allergy un-friendly toppings. These button-sized starters are filled with wholesome ingredients like brown rice, quinoa, salsa, and pine nuts.
Avocado Hummus via A Cozy Kitchen
It's not a party until someone brings the hummus! This zesty, avocado-spiked version is super easy to make. Just toss the ingredients (all five of 'em) into a food processor and blend.
Have a theme you want to see on The Greatist Table or have another recipe suggestion for us to include next week? Share with us in the comments below or tweet the author @sophbreene.
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India is conspicuous by its absence. Many snacks from the subcontinent are worthy of mention here. Chaat is one of them
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