Waistline-friendly Holiday Appetizers
If you're hosting a holiday gathering or attending a party and need a healthy appetizer to whip up, we've got a list of the best options for you.
Let's face it-- no one wants to gain weight during the holidays. With that unspeakable truth, it's wise to be wary of dips and spreads that can catch up with the waistline quicker than we'd wish. While many seem healthy, they're actually quite deceptive in that regard, high in calories and quick to pack on the pounds.
For example, if you wish to make a spinach and artichoke dip, just a 1/2 cup of the dip packet brings you to 210 calories and six grams of fat, and that's only half of ONE packet! So, let's pass on that.
Hum along to carols while dunking munchies in: Hummus
While hummus is an extremely delicious spread and dunkable dip, it is also quite nutritious. Most varieties are made with a chickpea base, providing great protein and fiber per serving. The olive oil and tahini, or sesame paste, will likely bring the calories and fat you'd rather leave at bay.
Instead, go easy on these ingredients and make up for the lack there of with flavorful spies and seasonings. Hummus is perfect for dipping anything from whole wheat crackers to pita bread to fresh veggies such as carrots and-- if you really want to watch your calories-- celery sticks!
Nix the nog; whip up egg salad instead
While egg nog is a classic, holiday favorite, it is not your waistline's friend. While egg salad is also a classic and often deemed to be full of cholesterol, and therefore, not a wise choice, there are ways to make it better. For example, you can whip if an egg *white salad to serve as an hor d'oeuvre!
One single tablespoon of egg salad served using whole egg yolks and mayonnaise is 90 calories and 10 grams of fat. That's just one bite! Instead, if you swap out mayo for creamy, plain Greek yogurt and ditch the yolks for just egg whites, you can have a healthy egg salad, and all the guilt gets left behind.
Some like it hot!
Although the holidays are a time for sweets, you still have to tend to the guests [or perhaps yourself!] in preference of kicking up the heat. So, go ahead and add hot sauce to the menu-- make it a dip! This weight-friendly condiment contains zero fat and calories.
Even more beneficial than that, hot sauce is often made with chili peppers, which contain capsaicin. This compound not only spices food up, but it also contains anti-inflammatory agents which help to diminish headaches and arthritis, as well as sinus and digestive issues. Not to mention, spicy foods rev up your metabolism!