Tell me I’m not the only one who gains, like, 15 pounds over the holidays? I mean, you go to people’s homes and you HAVE to eat what they are serving. You don’t want to be rude, right? Sure, I’ll try your deep-fried turkey. Yes, I’ll eat every holiday cookie you put out on your table. That is what a good guest does. But I started to realize that it’s probably a good idea to always offer healthy party appetizers too. So I’m sharing an easy, pretty way to do just that.
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Just because they are better for you, doesn’t mean healthy party appetizers are any less delicious. Here’s how to put together a simple, but good looking party spread. It will please your guests and not get you blamed for causing love handles. Everyone, and I mean everyone, loves dip. It is the perfect party appetizer because it lets people decide what they want to use for a dipper, they can eat as much or as little as they want and it doesn’t need utensils or get all over you face, like a hot wing. Usually dip is served with chips and that is where things can take a turn for the fattening. I decided to remove that option and serve a variety of dips with tons of gorgeous fresh veggies and a few crackers. Then it is up to the guest as to how they want to indulge at my party. The vegetables this time of year come in such beautiful colors. I added a few white mini pumpkins and acorn squash to the table and it was so lovely I didn’t need any flowers or anything else. Some of your guests will enjoy the dip with the fresh veggies while others, who are really trying to stick to a diet, will just eat the veggies by themselves. For those of us who don’t make good food decisions at the holidays, we’ll probably go straight for that baguette and put all four dips on it, like a spread, and see how many servings we can eat at once…Any way you look at it, you’ve provided options for your guests to suit their needs.
With a flavorful dip, like these Le Bon Dips by Alouette, your guests won’t even know they are being served something healthy. These are rich and creamy and totally satisfying. They have 50 calories or less per serving and have no artificial flavors or colors. These dips are a blend of luxurious soft cheese, chunky veggies and a touch of Greek yogurt. They come in four flavors: Zesty Garden Salsa, Basil, Zucchini & Parmesan, Fire Roasted Vegetables, and Roasted Red Pepper & Chickpea and are totally a crowd pleaser. I love that this healthy party appetizer spread creates a focal point for the party and is a great way to get friends to gather and hang out. I’m realizing that finding time to stop and just sit and chat with your friends is harder and harder. This appetizer table encourages your friends to take their time, hang out and enjoy. Did you ever notice that if you are standing by a dessert table or a table full of heavy appetizers that your friends who are trying to be health conscious won’t go near it? The dip/veggie combo table is not like that. It’s a safe environment for all your friends. And thanks to Alouette, your holiday entertaining just got a whole lot easier! These Le Bon Dips are ready-made and found in your local grocer’s refrigerated section. The work is done for you! All I had to do was wash the veggies and skin the carrots. That’s my kind of entertaining. These are also great for keeping on hand for drop by guests! Your holiday party appetizers are done. Now all you need are the guests!
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All images by Dez and Tam Photography