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Healthy holiday appetizers so good, you’ll forget they’re good for you!

Have you been brainstorming what to make for your upcoming holiday parties? Wanting to take something healthier, but ensure everyone will love it too? We have got you covered with not one, but THREE, simple, tasty recipes to whip up for those holiday parties. Or any other time, really.

 

Chocolate Almond Fruit Dip

  • 1½ cups fat-free Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Add all the ingredients to a bowl and whisk together until smooth.  Cover in fridge until time to serve with fresh fruit (apples, strawberries, pineapple, clementines, etc.)

 

Sweet Potato Bites with Bacon & Avocado

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 sweet potatoes, scrubbed clean, peels on
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup granted 2% sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 medium avocados, peeled, pitted, and diced
  • 2 tablespoons non-fat or 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 ounces bacon (about 4 slices)
  • 3 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro

Preheat oven to 425 F.  Line two rimmed baking sheets with foil, then brush with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil each. Slice potatoes into 1/2 to 1/4 inch cross-sections (use a mandolin if you have one.) Arrange slices in a single layer on the oiled baking sheets, then brush tops with remaining olive oil. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Roast for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown underneath, rotating the pans 180 degrees and changing their positions on the upper/lower racks halfway through. Flip, then roast for an additional 8 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle with cheddar, then return to oven and bake for an additional 3 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the avocado, Greek yogurt, lime juice, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and smoked paprika. Mash lightly with a fork, but still leave the mixture slightly chunky. Set aside.

Fry bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, then remove from pan and set between two paper towels set atop a dinner plate. Blot away excess grease and, when cool enough to handle, chop into small pieces.

Once the crisps have baked, top each with a dollop of the avocado mixture, chopped bacon, and cilantro. Serve warm or at room temperature.

 

Skinny Mediterranean 7-Layer Dip

      • 8 oz. hummus
      • 1 tomato, diced
      • ½ cup diced cucumber
      • ½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt
      • ⅛ tsp salt
      • ¼ tsp paprika
      • 2 canned artichoke hearts, chopped
      • 2 roasted red peppers (4 halves), diced
      • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
      • 2 tbsp minced flat-leaf parsley
      • Kalamata olives, chopped (optional), for garnish

Instructions In an 8- by 8- square serving dish, spread the hummus evenly on the bottom. Layer the tomatoes and cucumber over top.  Dollop the yogurt over the vegetables, then gently spread with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle the yogurt with salt and paprika.  On top of the yogurt, layer the artichoke heart, roasted red peppers and feta cheese. Sprinkle the parsley over top and garnish with olives.  Serve with fresh vegetables, pita chips or crackers.

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