Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Healthy party and pretty appetizers and horderves





Healthy New Years! 

I saw this amazing healthy party tablescape and I was so inspired. Who says at a party or gathering it has to be all cake and cookies? Look how amazing and delicious this looks: 






































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Pin It Based on this photo and additional recipes here are super easy and healthy party food ideas for your next gathering:

  • Watermelon & feta - If you've never tried watermelon with feta cheese, you are missing out! It's so good, i've been eating it since i was little. Cut watermelon into cubes and sprinkle some reduced-fat feta cheese on top. Garnish with mint leaves and you're done. You can also do this dish in a chinese porcelain soup spoon so it's easy to eat and still looks chic.  


  • Fresh Mozzarella, Basil, and Tomato - Buy mini mozzarella balls or cut up a big fresh mozzarella ball into small squares. Mix with cherry tomatoes and basil leaves. Serve in little cups or hard-boiled egg cups with a fork as shown above, or on a toothpick for a yummy bite. To add flavor you can drizzle with balsamic and olive oil.  



  • Vegetable sticks & dip- Cut carrots, bell peppers, and celery into sticks and add tomatoes, broccoli florets, and radishes. Arrange separately in serving cups. In martini glasses serve the dips. For a low-fat ranch dip: mix a ranch seasoning packet with half greek yogurt and half low-fat sour cream. Also you can use hummus as a dip, it tastes great with veggies.   
  • Gaspacho in mini glasses - A cold tomato soup is so refreshing and delicious. Besides the soup have cucumber, carrot, tomatoe cut small to add to soup for texture. 


  • Greek Salad Skewers - Using reduced fat feta cheese 
  • Fruit Skewers - Pick fruit that is in season (it tastes best and costs less.)  Fruit you immediately think of for skewers include: Grapes, Strawberries, and blackberries, but any fruit can be used such as kiwi, melon, or pineapple if you just cube it like in the photo above for a very refined look. 
  • Yogurt, oats, and berry shooters - Fill a tall shot glass 2/3 full with plain yogurt, add a thin layer of agave or honey,followed by a layer of granola, and topped with berries such as raspberries and blueberries. Include small spoons. 
Additional tips: 

  • Find awesome serving dishes at http://www.crateandbarrel.com/dining-and-entertaining/
  • For the table to be appealing to the eye try different heights of serving dishes as opposed to all flat plates. 
  • Add description cards in front of every dish, table linens, and flowers to complete the look. 
  • Try serving drinks, lemonade & spritzers in mason jars for a unique look 

Enjoy! 

Quick Tip of the day: 
When eating nuts eat them in their shell. A study showed that people who ate pistachios in their shell ate 40% less nuts then those who were served them without the shell. Having to open the shells slows your pace of eating which allows ample time for your brain to know when it is full and you have the shells as a visual cue of the amount of pistachios you ate. 
Source: Shape Magazine, dec 2011

want more healthy recipes? check out another post of mine including yummy and quick healthy recipes here


xoxo, 
Danielle 

11 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful (and healthy!) party ideas!

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  2. looks really good. thank you for sharing

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  3. Looks absolutely delicious, I can't wait to try this :)

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  4. I am going to use this for a afternoon snack at my westin, I love it!

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  5. Spectacular! I love this spread :) ... and no, I haven't tried watermelon with feta, but NOW I'm definitely going to!

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