Be a healthy host!

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It’s often difficult for people to understand why you prefer healthy alternatives. My husband is a total junk food hog, and would prefer chips and candy over greens and bland protein any day. But, the trick is to make healthy “pop” and find snacks that everyone can enjoy. Making little substitutions can go a long way, and do wonders for your digestive system.

 

Substitution ideas:

Whole wheat/grain bread > white bread
Whole wheat past > regular pasta
Whole grain rice > white rice
Whole wheat flour > white flour

See where I’m going here? WHOLE WHEAT & GRAINS ARE BEST. These changes may be small, but they are mighty! Whole grains are higher in fiber and contain a little extra protein, and combined, those two nutrients are a super important tag team. The higher the fiber, the more carb is counteracted, hint hint.

 

Here are a few party recipes that are sure to get your guests healthily satisfied:

 

Chips & Salsa:

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You can’t go wrong with chips & salsa, but store-bought chips are so high in fats, calories, cholesterol, sodium and carbs. Why not make your own chips? You’ll know how they’re seasoned and exactly how they’re prepared, not to mention it’s a little more cost efficient to make your own!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of whole wheat tortillas (more or less depending on your guest count)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Garlic powder, chipotle seasoning, chili powder, salt (all optional)
    1 jar of organic salsa

 

Directions:

Slice tortillas in 8ths, making small slices. Spread olive oil evenly on baking sheet and place tortilla slices on it, and sprinkle with seasoning. I prefer salt-free seasonings (Mrs. Dash) such as garlic & herb and chipotle. Place in the oven for 5-10 minutes, until desired crisp. (I like them lightly crispy, just a bit golden brown.) Let cool for 5 minutes. Place in a bowl with salsa on the side and serve.

 

 

Lettuce wraps

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Super fun with so much variety! These can be made as bland or spiced up as you like. Here is a basic recipe to get you started. (Feeds four comfortably as an appetizer.)

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 package romaine (not iceberg!)
  • 1lb cooked ground turkey or lean beef (drained)
  • ½ sliced onion
  • ½ sliced bell pepper
  • 1 large shredded carrot
  • ½ lime
  • ½ sliced avocado

 

Directions

Wash and dry lettuce and separate into single wrap pieces. Layer with onion, meat, pepper, carrot and avocado slices and squeeze a little fresh lime juice over the wraps. Top with any other seasoning/condiments you’d like – I prefer salsa for a little extra spice! (Side options: Salsa, cheese, beans, rice, cabbage, pico, guacamole any other veggies or seasonings)

 

 

Raw nut trail mix:

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This is an easy way to make a snack everyone can enjoy. Just pick some of your favorite nuts and dried fruits, and give it a go!

 

Ingredients:

(Please note that portions of each ingredient will vary based on your crowd)

  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup raw almonds
  • ½ cup pistachios
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds

 

Directions:

Add all the ingredients in a bowl and enjoy! (Can add a variety of raw nuts, dried fruit or even a little dark chocolate to sweeten it up. This is just a base to start!)

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