Tis the Season to be Healthy- Appetizers and Drinks

It’s that time of the year again. The time of the year when families, friends, and coworkers come together to feast for the holidays, which can unfortunately wreak havoc on your diet if you’re not careful. Fear not, dear reader! With this collection of healthy holiday recipes, you and your waistline are sure to have a happy holiday season!

coffeePumpkin Spice Latte
Being a great source of Vitamin A, Calcium, and Potassium, it’s no wonder that the plucky pumpkin is a popular source of nutrition during the fall season! And what compliments a chilly fall breeze better than a warm cup of pumpkin-spiced latte? This home made version of the popular coffee drink keeps all the flavor without all the sugar-heavy syrups.
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hot_apple_ciderHot Apple Cider
If coffee isn’t your preference, then another great drink that will warm you up is a hot mug of apple cider. This delicious beverage is filled with the natural antioxidants found in apples along with vitamin B, calcium, and other important nutrients to keep your body happy and healthy.
http://delightfulmomfood.com/best-homemade-apple-cider-recipe

chicken_avacado
Credit to delish.com

Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados
One of the great things about this appetizer is that you have the heart healthy benefits of the avocado merged with the creamy texture and savory flavor of chicken salad. This yummy combination makes for a great utensil-free snack for any Thanksgiving or Christmas party. Truly, this recipe is a win-win for your taste buds and your waistline.
http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipes/a47064/chicken-salad-stuffed-avocado-recipes/

Credit to parsnipsandpastries.com
Credit to parsnipsandpastries.com

Roasted Grape Crostini with Lemon Ricotta and Honey
If you prefer your appetizers to be a little less savory and a little more sweet, then this next appetizer is right up your alley. This delicious snack recipe not only contains antioxidant-rich grapes, it also has calcium-filled ricotta and fibrous whole wheat bread, topped off with a touch of honey for just the right amount of sweetness.
http://www.parsnipsandpastries.com/roasted-grape-crostini-lemon-ricotta-honey/

Credit to cookingclassy.com
Credit to cookingclassy.com

 

Garlic Lemon and Parmesan Oven Roasted Zucchini
Last, but certainly not least, among the healthy list of holiday appetizers, these roasted zucchini sticks provide healthy amounts of manganese, a nutrient that helps decrease the risk of bone loss along with vitamin C to help with your immune system. The combination of lemon juice and garlic along with lightly spread Parmesan cheese crumbs for flavor creates a tasty combination for a perfect recipe that will leave you and your loved ones having a happy holiday season.
http://www.cookingclassy.com/garlic-lemon-parmesan-oven-roasted-zucchini/

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Other Sources:
https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/health-benefits-of-zucchini.html
https://authoritynutrition.com/12-proven-benefits-of-avocado/
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/267290.php?page=2
https://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-health-benefits-of-garlic/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/04/pumpkin-health-benefits_n_1936919.html


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