Fuss free food for your next holiday potluck
Work and holiday potlucks can be a disaster for your healthy lifestyle. However, lower calorie options that appeal to your taste buds as well as your diet can take the stress out of holiday eating. For your next potluck, consider bringing one of these fuss free and healthy options that are sure to be a hit.
Consider an array of whole grain crackers with fresh cheeses and sliced fruit.
The better the cheese, the less you will need to eat to enjoy its flavor profile. Sharp cheeses pair especially well with tart fruits like green apple or grapes.
Fresh crudité and hummus is another excellent choice for a potluck.
You can even pick up pre-prepped veggies and store-bought hummus in the produce section of your grocery store to save time.
You can also easily make flavorful hummus at home.
Combine 1 can of chickpeas, the juice of 1 lemon, 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 spoonfuls of tahini, 2 cloves of garlic, and a drizzle of water in a food processor and run until smooth. Top the dish with more lemon juice and a few shakes of paprika (or consider trying this Edamame Hummus recipe).
Aside from hummus, many other bean dips make great party foods. Spicy black bean dip can be paired with blue corn chips for a new twist on a favorite combo. Sun-dried tomatoes and basil blended with white beans make the perfect spread to serve with toasted pita chips.
For something a little sweeter
Serve a plate of fresh fruit with a sweet and creamy dip. Combine Greek yogurt with honey and cinnamon for a protein packed dip that will fill you up without filling you out. Serve with pineapple, melon, berries, and apples. Dark chocolate covered strawberries are another delicious dessert that is very healthy in moderation.
If you don’t want to take the time to prepare food, you can always bring a healthy drink. Thaw a bag of frozen strawberries, lightly mash, and combine with a 2 liter or more of club soda. Serve each glass with a slice of lemon for a sparkly strawberry lemonade that is low in calories but high in flavor.
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