Blogmas Healthy Hors D’oeuvres

It’s that time of year where holiday parties are in full effect. With both Christmas and New Years on the horizon, food is the one common denominator binding us together to celebrate. While gingerbread cookies and candy canes may be examples of some of the season’s favourites, holiday foods tend to be  full of processed sugars and other additives.

Trying to maintain a balance with healthy eating may be a challenge. Below I have included some ideas for healthier options.

 

1.Baked Pear with Feta & Pomegranate

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What you need:

  • fresh pears
  • pomegranates
  • feta cheese
  • walnuts

 

Directions:

  • slice pears in half and scoop out seeds in centre
  • place on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 350F
  • top the pears with feta, pomegranates and walnuts then continue to bake for another 5 minutes or until pear is golden and cheese is slightly melted
  • Pears are best served warm.

 

2. Chocolate Avocado Mousse

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What you need:

  • half an avocado
  • 1/2 cup dark cacao nibs
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 tbsp pure cacao powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

 

Directions:

  • In a saucepan, melt the cacao nibs. Once melted, let cool for a few minutes
  • In a food processor blend all the ingredients – avocado, cacao nibs, honey, almond milk, vanilla essence, cacao powder, salt and coconut oil until the texture is creamy.
  • Spoon into glass bowls then refrigerate for  a few hours
  • Garnish with shredded coconut, fresh berries or any other topping you desire.

 

3. Veggie and Fruit Chips

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What you need:

KALE CHIPS

  • kale
  • salt
  • pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • Cajun spice

 

APPLE CHIPS

  • sliced apple
  • cinnamon
  • coconut oil

 

ZUCCHINI CHIPS

  • sliced zucchini
  • salt
  • pepper
  • ginger powder
  • EVOO

 

SWEET POTATO CHIPS

  • sliced sweet potato
  • cinnamon
  • dried thyme
  • EVOO

 

Directions:

KALE CHIPS

  • In a ziplock bag, mix the kale in with the various seasonings and EVOO.
  • Shake the bag, and then spread the kale on a baking sheet
  • Bake for 10-15 mins at 350F, making sure to stir half way

 

APPLE CHIPS

  • In a ziplock bag, mix sliced apples with melted coconut oil and cinnamon
  • shake the bag, and then spread the apples on a baking sheet
  • Bake for 30 mins at 350F, making sure to flip half way

 

ZUCCHINI CHIPS

  • In a ziplock bag, mix the zucchini in with the various spices listed above and EVOO
  • Shake the bag, and then spread the zucchini slices on a baking sheet
  • Bake for 30 mins at 400F, making sure to flip half way

 

SWEET POTATO CHIPS

  • In a ziplock bag, mix the sweet potato in with the spices and EVOO
  • Shake the bag, and then spread the sliced sweet potatoes on a baking sheet
  • Bake for 30-40 mins at 400F, making sure to flip half way

 

4. Banana Boats

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What you need:

  • bananas
  • plain greek yogurt
  • honey
  • cherries or other fruit as toppings

 

Directions:

  • Slice bananas in half
  • Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 mins at 350F
  • Spread plain greek yogurt and top with fruit like cherries
  • drizzle with honey
  • Serve while still warm

 

 

5. Swirl Energy Balls

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What you need:

  • dried strawberries
  • dried apricots
  • dried dates
  • crushed cashews
  • coconut oil
  • shredded coconut
  • honey
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • almond milk

 

Directions:

  • in a food processor, blend strawberries with a few drops of coconut oil, almond milk (enough to make it moist, not liquid), cacao powder, honey and cashews
  • repeat with dates and apricots, keeping the 3 fruits separate
  • take part strawberries, part dates, part apricots and roll into a ball. Top with shredded coconut.
  • Repeat until you have used all the fruit
  • refrigerate for a few hours then serve

 

6. Frozen Yogurt covered Grape 

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What you need:

  • handful of grapes
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • handful toothpicks

 

Directions:

  • wash a handful of grapes and pull them off the stems
  • pierce the centre of each grape with a toothpick
  • pour plain greek yogurt into a bowl
  • pour chia seeds into another bowl
  • dip each grape into the yogurt followed by the chia seeds
  • place each grape on a baking sheet and freeze overnight

 

 

7. Date Pops

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As I have previously posted about date pops, please refer to this link for the recipe:

https://scrubs2sweats.com/2017/06/28/date-pop-recipe/

 

8. Black Bean Hummus

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What you need:

  • half can black beans
  • 1 tsp fresh garlic
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp tahini sauce
  • 2 tbsp EVOO
  • pinch salt
  • dash cumin

 

Directions:

  • In a food processor, mix all the ingredients above
  • Add more salt, EVOO and lemon juice to taste, as needed
  • Garnish with greek olives

 

Hope you enjoy trying out some of these healthy yummy recipes. Please feel free to comment below.

xo

Jessy

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