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Healthy and Festive Party Snacks

Serving up healthy snacks for a holiday party is easier (and tastier) than ever. With a bit of advanced planning, it’s easy to create delectable party appetizers that are both healthy and delicious.

Holiday Favorite: Flatbread Pizza

Lighten it up: Grab some flatbread from the local bakery, add some low-fat mozzarella, a handful of fresh veggies (peppers, mushrooms and spinach is a popular combination) and a jar of organic tomato sauce for the makings of a crowd-pleasing party starter. “The veggies add a nutritional punch of healthy vitamins, minerals and fiber,” explains Stephanie Perez, retail dietitian supervisor at ShopRite supermarket. “The best part is that you won’t be lacking in flavor.”

Holiday Favorite: Nachos

Lighten it up: Everyone loves to nosh on crunchy nachos while they mix and mingle. This holiday swap the usual corn chips for better-for-you versions made from veggies, black beans or sweet potatoes. Top with shredded rotisserie chicken, cooked organic dried beans, low-fat cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes or salsa and some low-fat sour cream on the side, and these nachos will be the star of the evening. “Black beans are loaded with fiber and protein, which will fill you up and keep you satiated,” says Perez. “Together with the lean chicken and low-fat cheese and veggies on top, you’re getting a lot of nutrition in just a small helping.”

Holiday Favorite: Delicious Avocado Dip

Lighten it up: Homemade guacamole is a cinch to make—all that’s needed are a few ripe avocados, lime juice, red onion, garlic, salt, pepper and some cilantro. Loaded with folate, vitamin E and healthy monounsaturated fat, guacamole can help reduce the risk of heart disease. Serve with a variety of sliced veggies or spread onto toasted bread for “avocado toast”. It’s the perfect appetizer for any party.

For more party snack ideas, go to ShopRite.com or visit the office of your local ShopRite dietitian.

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