When it comes to New Year’s Eve, there’s no denying there will be lots of drinking and eating into the wee hours of the morning. Everyone thinks about cocktails and booze when ringing in the new year, which are important don’t get me wrong, but don’t forget about the food. A few solid appetizers made with quality ingredients and a balance of protein, carbs, and fat will keep your blood sugar stable so you can ring in 2016 with a happy liver rather than a pounding headache.
EDAMAME, PEAR, AND MINT CROSTINI
Protein packed edamame paired with whole grains and fresh fruit makes this a perfect well-balanced appetizer without skimping on flavor.
MARGHERITA PIZZA HUMMUS
Fresh basil and tomato paste give you the beloved taste of pizza without all the unwanted saturated fat.
CARAMEL APPLE DIP WITH CINNAMON SUGAR CHIPS
Dates provide natural sweetness without refined sugar while corn tortillas are baked and dusted with cinnamon and sugar to make this super easy crowd favorite.
ROASTED EGGPLANT AND MUSHROOM CROSTINI
Eggplant and mushrooms keep this finger food light while the crispy bread provides texture and an added boost of fiber
CHEWY GINGERBREAD MOLASSES COOKIES
Fresh ginger and blackstrap molasses make these the softest gingerbread cookies without the heaping amounts of butter and sugar found in traditional versions.
CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES WITH PEPPERMINT CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
Swap the strawberries for crushed candy canes or peppermint candies for a fun holiday twist.
TOMATO BASIL BRUSCHETTA
Five ingredients and less than 10 minutes of prep time are all your need to make this classic.
GIRL SCOUT SAMOAS TURTLE BITES
Soaked dates and melted dark chocolate come together for a makeover of your favorite girl scout cookies with a fraction of the calories.
LIGHTENED UP BEEF SLIDERS
Hidden chopped mushrooms give these sliders that coveted umami flavor while extra lean ground beef provides satisfying protein.
You’ll never guess what the secret ingredient is in these cookie dough bars.