Healthy holiday appetizers that won't blow your calorie budget

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Joanna Kriehn
Joanna Kriehn, MS, RDN, CDCES - Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES)

Whether you are staying home for the holidays or gathering with a few people, guard your weight-loss goals by serving healthy holiday appetizers. Check out these unique appetizer recipes that will not blow your calorie budget.

Healthy holiday appetizer

A few of my favorite healthy holiday appetizers

Teriyaki Meatballs with Dipping Sauce

Tasty and low in calories, Teriyaki Meatballs makes a healthy holiday appetizer using a secret ingredient! Using a blend of 93% lean ground turkey and 96% lean ground pork, you'll keep the fat content low without the meatballs drying out, thanks to water chestnuts, of all things! One meatball contains 45 calories and 2g of fat. These meatballs are also low in carbohydrates if you stick to using a modest amount of dipping sauce. One teaspoon of commercially prepared teriyaki sauce contains about 1g carbs.

Make this unique appetizer recipe your own

Mediterranean Board

Popping with color and offering something for everyone, this Mediterranean board is a twist on traditional meat and cheese boards. Low-calorie vegetables and fruits take center-stage while feta and prosciutto offer up something more filling. Plus, the olive-oil based dips are full of heart-healthy fats. Serve with seeded crackers or baguette.

Shrimp Cocktail

Low in calories and high in protein, shrimp is a satisfying appetizer no matter the season. This recipe offers a homestyle touch by cooking the shrimp in a homemade veggie broth and preparing cocktail sauce from scratch. If you are short on time, purchase pre-cooked shrimp and bottled cocktail sauce.

Creamy Spinach Dip

Fat-free and reduced-fat ingredients make this dip lighter than traditional recipes. Serve with veggies or whole-grain crackers.

Smoked Mixed Nuts

Nuts are rich in heart-healthy fats and very satisfying. However, watch your portions as one serving or 1/4 cup is 172 calories. Individuals following a keto, vegetarian, or gluten-free diet will appreciate this snack favorite.

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

If you're looking for a creative way to serve up fiber-rich beans, this is your recipe!
One serving or 1/4 cup of dip contains 90 calories and 3g of fiber. Serve with veggies, whole-grain crackers, or crostini.

Use MyNetDiary's recipe import feature to enter other favorite holiday recipes into the app for accurate tracking.

Remember to log your food and beverage intake this holiday season! It will help ensure you pay attention to your choices and remain accountable to your health and weight-loss goals. Cheers to a healthy and festive holiday season!

Additional resources to stay on track this holiday season

-Avoid holiday weight-gain by sticking to your goals
-5 dietitian tips to cut calories during the holiday season
-Healthy tips from MyNetDiary users who maintained their health during the holiday season

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This blog was reviewed and updated by: Joanna Kriehn, MS, RDN, CDCES on November 12, 2020.

Foods & Recipes->Chicken & Turkey Foods & Recipes->Red Meat Holidays / Parties->Thanksgiving Holidays / Parties->Winter Holiday Season
Nov 20, 2020

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