Hello, and Happy New Year! How was your Christmas? Ours in Utah with our children and grandchildren was a joy … complete with a blizzard on Christmas Morning that lasted well into the day. We returned on Wednesday night. And yours????
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We have had our share of treats over the past week, and are looking forward to life settling down soon, and eating the way we love most and feel the best: whole food plant based eating, with lots of legumes, fruits and veggies. We’re excited about trying new recipes, starting with these healthy New Years Eve recipes that also make awesome dinner entrees!
Sing It With Me … “What Are You Doing New Years …. New Year’s Eve?”
Healthy New Years Eve Appetizer Ideas
I think, with all our travel, Bob and I will be pretty happy to be a cozy two-some at home this year. But that doesn’t mean we won’t need some fun things to nibble on! I found thise great ideas at livestrong.com … and they’re meant, more than anything to inspire us to remember that treat foods can still be healthy! You just have to be a bit more mindful :0)
Creamy ranch or French onion dip and a bowl of potato chips are staples at most New Year’s Eve parties. However, 2 tablespoons of dip and 15 chips (about a 1-ounce serving) can contain more than 200 calories and 15 grams of fat. Breea Johnson, RD, suggests experimenting with different types of bean dips for an appetizer that’s low in calories and high in protein and fiber. Whip up a quick and healthy bean dip by combining 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. Serve with baked pita chips or vegetables for a healthy spread.
“Instead of reaching for that bowl of cocktail nuts, which can be high in fat and sodium, consider roasted chickpeas as a tasty and savory substitute,” says Karen Graham, RD. These little nuggets are full of some key nutrients. A small 1.5-ounce serving of chickpeas provides you around 10 grams of protein. They’re also easy to whip up quickly without a lot of prep time. Simply add olive oil to cooked chickpeas and season with garlic, salt and cayenne pepper to taste. Bake the chickpeas at 450 degrees for around 30 minutes or until crunchy.
Instead of jalapeno poppers, chicken fingers, Buffalo wings and other fried snacks laden with fat and calories, add a plate of stuffed mushrooms to your New Year’s Eve party spread. Containing nutrients like copper, potassium, and niacin, mushrooms add a boost of nutrition, especially when stuffed with other vegetables. For a tasty side that is easy on the scale and offers some healthy nutrients, sauté a mixture of onion, chopped mushroom stems, your favorite
Raw and cooked vegetables can play understudy to the high-calorie, high-fat regular cast of New Year’s party food characters. Breea Johnson, RD, recommends mini grilled vegetable skewers as a healthy holiday dish. Find the freshest veggies at your local grocer and create a nutritious combination with squash, tomatoes, zucchini, broccoli, onions, artichoke hearts and other favorites. Johnson suggests dressing up vegetable skewers with a small piece of fresh mozzarella cheese. If you choose to add meat, go for lean options such as grilled chicken. Include a tasty sauce such as a lemon scallion dip or one of the many soy sauce-based ones. Make sure to use light soy sauce to cut back on sodium.
We always go out for Chinese food on New Years … and can’t wait to get started with a brand new 2017, knowing that healthy living is a happy choice :0)