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These healthy snacks are delicious and perfect for avoiding holiday weight gain. 

It can be so hard not to gain weight over the holidays between the appetizers, dinners, desserts, and snacks served all night. You just want to taste everything, and you can’t possibly follow your diet when a chocolate cake looks that irresistible. Delicious food doesn’t always mean unhealthy food, though.

This season, serve your guests healthy snacks and appetizers. Maybe they’ll be inspired, and start serving healthier items at their dinner parties as well. We’ve compiled the best and easiest appetizers to serve at your healthy holiday dinner.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Browned chicken, mushrooms, peppers, and broccoli wrapped in a refreshing lettuce wrap and topped with a combination of mustard, Frank’s Red Hot Sweet Chili Sauce, and soy sauce is sure to wow your guests at your next party. These savory, fresh wraps are warm on the inside but finish with a cool, crisp bite of lettuce to balance them out. Have your friends make their own with a lettuce wrap bar, or serve these already made on an appetizer platter. They’re filled with protein, good vegetables, and a tasty sauce to give your guests a healthy dish to love.

Click here for the Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe.

Kale Chips

You’ve heard kale is the super hero of all super foods, but it’s just so… green. Could it really replace satisfying potato chips in my party bowls? No, but it can out shine them! Kale chips are crispy vegetable chips that retain their juices despite being baked. When you bite into one of these,  you’ll instantly forget that you’re eating kale. These chips are packed with flavor from the onion powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper. For a cheesy, yet vegan kale chip try adding nutritional yeast before you put them in the oven.

Click here for the Eat Right Kale Chips Recipe.

Lemon-Mint Hummus Recipe

Hummus is a tasty alternative to the creamy, calorie-filled dips served at holiday parties. This recipe takes chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, and mint to create a classic and refreshing dip. Forget store-bought hummus, and serve your guests impressive homemade hummus. They won’t be able to get enough of it. You can even bake your own spicy pita chips to pair with the hummus.

Click here for the Lemon-Mint Hummus Recipe.   

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