Ta ta, tomatoes! This salsa’s gone tropical, filled with chunks of mango, colorful peppers and fresh, flavorful herbs. Scoop it up with whole-grain crackers or organic blue corn chips for a healthy, hearty snack. It’s also great on grilled salmon (who needs creamy sauce?) or piled on a bean burger as a sweet and colorful condiment. Dip, dunk and heap on to your heart’s content—the whole bowl comes with just 311 calories and a little more than a single gram of fat.
Poppers made with peppers are spicy, deep fried and stuffed with gooey, melted cheese. For a lighter, milder, hot-from-the-oven snack, try these creative veggie bites. Crunchy chunks of cauliflower are tossed with olive oil and herbs, then coated with nutritional yeast for a cheesy taste without the dairy. Baked, not fried, they’re OK to pop in your mouth any time the munchies strike!
Piled high, nachos are more of a meal than an appetizer. But if you fill your plate with deep-fried chips, clogging cheese and over-the-top toppings, your tummy may be headed for trouble. Instead, sub in healthy favorites, starting with oven-baked sweet potato chips. Black beans, fresh guac and creamy Greek yogurt are stacked in the center for easy dipping. Keep it light and vegan, or add extra-lean ground turkey seasoned with Mexican spices if you like meat.
Popcorn? Check. Pretzels? Check. Kale? Wait a second…what’s a leafy green vegetable doing on your snack shopping list? And what happened to the chips? Believe us when we say those potato pound-magnets will be a thing of your past once you try this recipe! Slow baked at a low temp, the health world’s hottest veggie becomes a crispy, crunchy indulgence that’s actually good for you to munch. Season with yummy nutritional yeast and a dash of spicy chipotle powder and you won’t even notice they’re salt free!
Know any coffee lovers? How about a few chocoholics? Chances are every one of them would enjoy a mug of both in the morning. Enter coffee hot cocoa in a jar, which offers the sweet taste of chocolate and a bonus jolt of coffee beans. Literally, there are chocolate-covered coffee beans in this mix. You can’t go wrong. Just wrap it with festive ribbon to honor your holiday host or anyone else who could use a quick pick-me-up.
These are a new twist on an old family favorite of mine. I love to bake cookies for the holidays and this organic, gluten-free version of a classic chewy holiday treat has all of the flavor and way less of the guilt.
This is a great cookie recipe to make with your kids and perfect for those all-too-popular cookie exchange parties. They are so delicious and moist (thanks to the coconut oil), no one will believe you when you tell them these cookies are gluten-free.
Platters overflow with cookies. Pies are piled high. There’s no shortage of sweets on your holiday table, but are any of them healthy? Bring on the baked pears! These festive fruits are warmed and drizzled with raw honey and non-fat Greek yogurt for a nutritious and delicious dessert. Top with a sprinkling of homemade granola to keep the sugar count down and elegance level up.
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