Whenever I host a party or have people over I try to serve appies & snacks that I consider healthy choices. Not only because I care about the health of my family & friends, but I also want to share the knowledge! Here are some of my favourite snacks that I like to serve:
I love chips, but not the kind that are full of hydrogenated vegetable oil & trans fats. Here’s some good news – there are healthy choices for chips out there! Some of my favourite brands are organic, made with non-GMO corn, are kettle-cooked or sprouted and still taste great. You can buy most of these brands at Superstore, Whole Foods, Pusateri’s, Costco, and Winners (they have a great specialty food aisle!).
Note: even though I consider these healthy snack choices, they are still chips, and should be enjoyed as a once-in-a-while treat!
Salsa is always a healthy choice. It’s full of flavor, you get all the health benefits of tomatoes (antioxidant lycopene), and it’s low in fat & calories (my favourite salsa is the organic brand from Costco – just the right amount of spice).
Pesto is amazing because you can make any variation you like:
1. Choose a leafy green like kale, spinach, or arugala
2. Choose a seed or nut like walnuts, pine nuts, pumpkin or hemp seeds
3. Choose a healthy oil like extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, or walnut oil
4. Combine in a food processor with lemon juice, garlic and salt & pepper, and voila! You have yourself a majorly healthy, flavor-packed dip, spread or pizza sauce.
When I’m hosting a party, I like to put little bowls of snacks around my apartment so no matter where you’re standing there’s always something to snack on. I like to fill bowls with healthy nuts such as pistachios, roasted almonds or cashews. You can also do something a bit more unique and fill a bowl with roasted chick peas or homemade sesame sticks.
If you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party or bringing a snack to a friend’s party, than consider one of these healthy choices, and start 2013 off on the right foot!
Happy New Year!!