New Year’s Day is often a time to kick-start healthy habits and kiss those less-than-stellar ones goodbye. From eating Whole30 to dry January to digital detoxes, January 1 is commonly a day of fresh starts and clean living. New Year’s Eve, on the other hand, not so much. Full of champagne, sugar-filled cocktails, that one last indulgent meal, rich dessert, plate of cheese… for many, it’s often far from moderate.
While it’s fun to ring in the New Year with festive and decadent snacks (and drinks), it’s also possible to eat healthily and wake up feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed instead of bleary-eyed and hungover—from the booze and the food. These 19 New Year’s Eve appetizer recipes are flavorful and fun crowd-pleasers that will help you get a jump-start on those New Year’s Day health goals, rather than sabotage them.
Sliders are a great party snack, but nothing says celebration quite like these mini grilled cheese sandwiches. And they’re not just any grilled cheese. These crispy sandwiches are loaded with aged cheddar, arugula, Sriracha, sautéed mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh basil. Talk about stacked. Use a whole-wheat or multigrain baguette for a heartier flavor and cook in coconut oil instead of butter for a hint of sweetness (and added health benefits). Another great addition: slathering fresh pesto on each bread slice.