here is no doubt this Christmas is going to be different for a lot of households. We have to be more cautious around who we spend time with. Social gatherings with extended family members and friends will be limited. However, many of us will still be hosting Christmas parties, even if it’s just for yourself and a loved one. As a Christmas party host, the most important thing is ensuring all your guests are happy, of course! Preparing food for your guests can be awfully stressful and time-consuming, when all you really want to do is sit down and relax, glass of wine in hand. A great way to buy some time and ease the pressure off yourself on Christmas Day is to make sure you have some Christmas appetizers and beverages to keep your hungry guests partly occupied, but mostly satisfied.
It is a lot more common for people to celebrate Christmas as a vegan or with more of a focus on healthier options. Thinking of what healthy Christmas snack options to prepare can be tough at times! The new goal for some of us is to enjoy the celebration while preventing the zipper from busting open! No need to worry though, Blendi is here to help with our top 10 healthy Christmas snack ideas.
10 quick and healthy Christmas Snacks
Take a look at the healthy Christmas snack ideas below. They are flavorful and packed with nutrition. Generally, the best Christmas party snacks are lower in starchy carbohydrates, saturated fats and calories. Also making sure they contain a good source of protein to fill your guests up and prevent them from over-indulging, especially before the next round of food!
A vegan wreath platter can also be created so easily using ingredients like broccoli florets, cherry tomatoes, peppers and maybe adding a chickpea hummus dip in the center. Blendi is also a great addition to a wreath platter, vegan or not! A vegan platter is just as good and highly nutritious. A great way to get some good vitamins and minerals into your body on a day like Christmas Day!Get the party started by making your food festive with a simple eye-pleasing wreath platter. You can pick and choose ingredients to create your wreath dependent on guest preferences. Some popular choices would be cured meats, different types of cheeses, vegetables, marinated vegetables, olives and fruit like grapes. The Birds Party blog has some tips on the best ways to arrange the wreath board. Some of these include using a flat plate so that all the ingredients don’t roll into the center and the sequence of adding the ingredients to skewers.
You can use various cheeses, all kinds of vegetables, add some meat or fish, whatever you’re feeling! Another great thing about mini quiches is they can be made in advance, frozen and heated in bulk in the oven on Christmas day. Quiches are high in good quality protein due to the egg content and are also a great source of fibre if lots of veggies are added to them.Mini quiches are always a winning appetizer. They are rich, flavorful and so adorable. I’d be surprised if any were leftover at a party. They are a perfect healthy snack for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. The great thing about them is they are totally adaptable, easy to eat than a full quiche, no need to blind bake the pie crust, fun to make, customizable base on the ingredients you prefer and easy to freeze and reheat.
In this recipe the cranberries are roasted with maple syrup and shallots and then spread across the top of the flatbread like a chutney. If you are stuck for time, you can also buy flatbread bases in your local supermarket. Cranberries are high in nutrients and antioxidants and are considered a superfood by many.
Research has linked the nutrients in cranberries to a lower risk of urinary tract infection, the prevention of some cancers, improved immune function and decreased blood pressure.Flatbreads are an easy and impressive appetizer for your Christmas party. A flatbread is simply a bread made out of flour, water and salt and rolled into a flat dough, like pizza. You can also use a leavening agent like yeast to allow the bread to rise a little. There are lots of different ways to make your flatbreads funky. One recipe I like in particular is a roasted cranberry and goats cheese flatbread. It only takes thirty five minutes to make and is perfect for sharing. It is also a very festive recipe as cranberries and cranberry sauce is popular with Christmas dinners.
Salmon and brown bread
Smoked salmon is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids which is lacking in western diets. It is particularly important in relation to Diabetes as it has been shown to improve the way cell receptors, including insulin receptors work. The fat in salmon slows the rate in which carbohydrates from other foods are released into the bloodstream.
If you are looking for a vegetarian or vegan option try this classic French Carrot and Celeriac Remoulade. It is a beautiful addition on top of bread instead of salmon and still offers a nutritious bite to all your guests.Smoked salmon and brown bread alongside a cold beverage always goes down well with guests in my opinion. It is simple to put together and various ingredients can be added to make it an eye-catching plate. Cream cheese, quark, Greek yogurt or soured cream can be used as a base on the brown bread. Fresh herbs such as tarragon, mint, chives or coriander can be used as a garnish.
With fruit skewers there is very little mess that can be made so it is perfect to get other family members involved in helping to prepare the Christmas snacks. You can make your fruit skewers look like little Santa heads by using green grapes as the body, a slice of banana as the base of Santa’s hat, a strawberry for the hat and a mini marshmallow for the top of the hat.Christmas fruit skewers or fruit kabobs are super easy, take very little time and can be made so festive, even kids at the party will ditch the chocolate and eat them! A lot of us have had more time to cook or bake together as families over the lockdowns and we have realized how fun, (or maybe for some) how much of a nightmare it can be. If you are expecting kids in the party then this is just the right dish to offer. To keep them interested, you can add multiple fruit options on the skewers. You can also serve new fruits, alongside familiar fruits to introduce new flavors and textures in a comfortable way.
Stuffed portobello mushrooms
Stuffed portobello mushrooms are quick to prepare and you can have them baking away in the oven for about thirty minutes while you prepare other delicious appetizers. Mushrooms are rich in B vitamins, riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid. Riboflavin is good for red blood cells. Niacin is good for the digestive system and for maintaining healthy skin. Pantothenic acid is good for the nervous system and helps the body make the hormones it needs.Stuffed portobello mushrooms are a hearty, filling and delicious vegetarian appetizer, low in carbohydrates and fat. This recipe will satisfy anyone, vegetarian or not! Portobello mushrooms are the larger ones that have a firm texture and lots of flavor, making them perfect for stuffing with all kinds of ingredients. It is as simple as satuéing some vegetables, adding breadcrumbs and cheese on top and voilá. Between the mushrooms and satuéed vegetables there is so much flavor, so you don’t even need to add too much cheese or breadcrumbs on top.
Prosciutto wrapped asparagus
They smell so good when they are cooking so make sure you don’t end up munching on them yourself before serving to your guests! Nearly every recipe has an alternative to please your vegan / vegetarian guests. A vegan option for this recipe would be to wrap the asparagus in vegan puff pastry. You can follow this recipe, to make super fancy vegan asparagus spirals.Prosciutto wrapped asparagus are the ultimate finger food for any party big or small. It is a great low carbohydrate appetizer that takes only minutes to make! You can opt for smothering these in garlic butter for a beautiful creamy flavor or if you are trying to stay on the lower calorie side with your appetizers, they are still tasty without it. The great thing about these snacks is you can wrap the asparagus in the prosciutto ahead of time and keep them in the fridge until you are ready to cook them. They can be baked, grilled or even fried on the pan until golden and crispy. For this dish, thick asparagus spears are preferred as thin asparagus spears are difficult to wrap around the prosciutto and tend to dry out too easily in the oven. Sprinkle the roasted asparagus with lemon zest and freshly grated parmesan for extra flavor!
Oven baked zucchini fries
There are many different healthy snack options for Christmas day hosting that you don’t need to stress over. Most of these quick recipes also have a quick way to make it vegetarian or lower in calories. Don’t stress, just be prepared and have your options noted so that you’re ready to please all your guests this Christmas, and let them leave your house with a smile on their faces.One of my favorite Food Bloggers on Instagram is @IHeartveggies. She creates the most delicious vegetarian and vegan recipes on her blog page. These crispy zucchini fries that she has made are baked in the oven with just a bit of oil! They’re a delicious healthy alternative to traditional fries! Zucchini is so versatile and can be cooked in lots of different ways. Zucchini fries are definitely a great option for a party as they are easy to pick up and dip. Make sure you cut all the zucchini into even-sized pieces before cooking and use baking parchment underneath them to prevent them sticking to the pan. Zucchini is rich in many nutrients, high in antioxidants and contributes to healthy digestion.