Go ahead - indulge! These appetizers offer a good dose of protein to keep you full and satisfied.
Appetizers are often high-fat, high-carb morsels that leave us bloated, tired, and ready to take a nap. Not these! They are packed with protein to keep you energized and they are so full of flavor, you will never miss the deep fried cheese or fat- and carb-loaded spinach dip bread bowl.
I think your guests will love these. And so will you. They are quick to prepare, easy to serve, and leftovers are delicious. Since these are so tasty, you might want to make some extra to use during the week for your meals. Add a salad, some roasted veggies, or a variety of cut up vegetables and your meal is complete. Enjoy!
Smoked Salmon Platter - this would be a terrific appetizer to keep hunger in check before dinner, but it would also be great as a quick breakfast or with a bowl of soup for lunch.
Shrimp Cocktail is always a hit. Keep it classic or change it up by serving with guacamole, roasted red pepper dip, or tzatziki rather than traditional cocktail sauce.
Baked Firecracker Meatballs skewered on toothpicks are a tasty alternative to traditional beef meatballs. Make plenty of extras for quick and easy meals; serve on top of spaghetti squash for a healthy, low-calorie meal. Ground oatmeal or crushed gluten-free crackers can be used instead of panko.
Baked Coconut Chicken Tenders are a definite upgrade from those overly breaded, deep-fried variety. These are healthy and flavorful with the right amount of crunch. For a fun, festive dipping sauce, blend some cranberry sauce, chipotle sauce, and a small amount of apple cider vinegar for a tangy, saucy, holiday-inspired dip.
Beef Satay is a delicious appetizer that is also simple finger food for your guests to enjoy. They are quick to prepare and are delicious right out of the pan or at room temperature.
A great cocktail and some delicious appetizers are a necessity for a festive gathering. I hope you try some of these appetizers to add a bit of variety to the overused holiday treats (how many more variations of cream cheese veggie pizza can there be?).
Bonus! These won't ruin your diet. Cheers!
Thanks for reading!
I hope you are having a joyous and blessed holiday season.
"For the Health of It"