Make it a healthy New Year’s Eve celebration
Healthy New Year’s Eve celebration is definitely possible! While we may be counting down to 2018, many of us also count down to the glitziest night of the year: New Year’s Eve. Whether you will be going to a friend’s party, braving the cold in Times Square, or simply staying at home for a cozy night in, food temptations are around every corner. How can we celebrate the New Year without sacrificing our health?
Try hosting your own healthy New Year’s Eve celebration this year! Your friends and family will go crazy over the scrumptious yet nutritious appetizers you whip up. The trick is portion control, so provide finger foods and hors d’oeuvres galore! These yummy treats look pretty, are easy to eat, and help control your food consumption. Consider this your healthy New Year’s Eve recipe survival guide.
Update your party menu with healthy alternatives
Livestrong.com has a multitude of healthy New Year’s Eve recipe ideas. A platter of dips and cut-up veggies is a party staple, but store bought creamy dips rack up calories and fat fast. As an alternative, create your own bean dip. Combine cooked “black beans, chili powder, cumin, garlic salt, oregano and a pinch of cayenne pepper in a blender and then add chopped tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes.” Add baked pita chips as a side for a healthy and delicious option to everyone’s favorite chips and dip combo.
Next up for the healthy New Year’s Eve celebration is vegetable skewers! Not only does this appetizer look beautiful and colorful, but it is also so simple to assemble. Take your pick from your favorite fresh vegetables (think tomatoes, zucchini, onions, and artichoke hearts), and cook them to create a healthy and nutritious treat. You could even add a piece of grilled chicken to add some extra flavor to these vegetable skewers.
Who could say no to chips? Well, kale and zucchini chips that is. This appetizer is healthy and light, yet with all the crisp and crunch of classic potato chips. To make kale chips, “remove the kale ribs and cut into small pieces. Toss the pieces with salt and olive oil and bake at 275 degrees until crispy, about 20 minutes.” Easy enough, right? For some more variety, try zucchini chips. After cutting the zucchini into slices, “dip in a mixture of egg whites, salt and pepper. Place them in a zip-close bag with breadcrumbs, and give it a good shake.” Bake these healthy treats for 20 to 25 minutes, or until they are crispy and brown. You can also make a marinara dipping sauce for these healthy crisps.
Hors d’oeuvres galore…
Levana knows just how to make healthy, crowd-pleasing New Year’s hors d’oeuvres. Be sure to add her Hamburger Recipe to your menu this year. Add in a Garden Vegetable Levana Nourishments Packet for some extra nutrients and protein. As a fun New Year’s Eve treat, make these hamburgers into mini sliders to enjoy as finger-food. Now that you have your healthy New Year’s Eve party menu, it’s time for a healthy New Year’s Eve celebration. Let’s all count down together now, and make it a happy and healthy New Year!