If there’s one thing that's necessary throughout the holiday season, it’s energy. From hosting holiday parties to attending your kids’ holiday shows at school to shopping for holiday gifts , the season is exhausting. While sugary snacks are great sometimes, they won’t keep you fueled up for the busiest season. According to Livestrong.com, after eating sweets, “it's a common experience to feel that a sugar crash makes you sleepy.” The article also notes that while certain sugary foods boost your blood sugar at the moment, it comes crashing down quickly leading to the post-meal tiredness that we’ve all experienced.
That’s where healthy snacks come in to help you, your family and your friends stay energized and ready for all of the holiday celebrations. When hosting holiday parties this season, make some healthy snacks that your guests can pair with their holiday cookies and beverages. This way, they’ll have more energy to stick around and celebrate. Here are some healthy snacks to make for parties this holiday season.
This one’s so easy, you can do it in your party dress right before your guests arrive. Just cut up some veggies — carrots, celery, cucumber, peppers, broccoli, and cauliflower — and line your sliced veggies up on a tray around a bowl of your favorite hummus. Your guests can quickly dip their fresh and healthy veggies into the hummus for a tasty and nutritious party snack. Vegetables in their raw form are the healthiest of the party snacks options.
According to a recent article from the School of Public Health at Harvard University, “A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar, which can help keep appetite in check.” In other words, a vegetable tray with some good hummus is a great way to create healthy meal options at a holiday party.
First, decorate your table to fit the holiday, whether that’s a Thanksgiving spread, a Hannukah decor spread, or with Christmas kitchen and dining goods.
Next, put a large serving bowl in the middle of your dining room table and fill it up with your favorite salad ingredients. You can try arugula topped with apples, walnuts, and goat cheese, or you can opt for a classic Caesar salad. When dressed up with the right ingredients, a salad can be as healthy as it is tasty.
Buffalo Chicken-Stuffed Celery Boats
Buffalo chicken dip may not be inherently healthy, but there’s no doubt that it’s a party favorite. There are ways to make the snack more nutritious, too. You can make your classic Buffalo chicken dip, and instead of pairing it with tortilla chips or bread, you can fill celery boats with the delicious dip.
Pizza is an all-time favorite at a gathering, but it isn’t exactly nutritious. You can make a healthy and snackable version of pizza by using baked zucchini, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and some favorite Italian spices. Just slice up zucchini into about one-inch-thick rounds and bake it until it’s soft and ready to eat. Then, layer on some tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, oregano, and basil, and put it back into the oven until the cheese melts. Simply place the mini-pizzas out on your kitchen counter, and the snack is ready to serve.
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There are many healthy crab cake recipes that mix lump crab meat with some combination of panko breadcrumbs, Greek yogurt, eggs, mustard, onion, lemon, and plenty of spices. Then, the crab cakes go in the oven instead of into a frying pan to help keep the oil content down — and you can get dressed as the cakes are cooking.
Cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, basil, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar are all you’ll need for this easy-as-delicious holiday party snack. Simply stack tomato, mozzarella, and basil on a toothpick and drizzle with some olive oil and balsamic. This party favorite can be made well in advance, too, so you can even throw it together as you’re drinking your cup of coffee in your coziest flannel pajamas and slippers.
Healthy party snacks can be just as delicious and exciting as their less-healthy alternatives. They’re easy to make, require few ingredients, and will keep your guests feeling energized enough to celebrate all day.