‘Tis the season of Christmas parties and holiday gatherings, which usually means ample food! But maybe you want this year to be different, one where you don’t overindulge in high-sugar holiday treats and candies or have too many pigs in a blanket. Maybe you’re hosting a party, and you want to have healthier food options available for yourself or your guests but don’t want to be the boring person who just brings broccoli and carrots.
Don’t worry; you’re not alone. As health consciousness continues to grow in popularity, more and more recipes for delicious and nutritious party foods are being shared online.
We compiled a list of 10 of these tasty party foods and treats that are simple to make and aren’t tediously time-consuming for you to include in your Christmas and New Year’s parties.
- Cranberry pecan mini goat cheese balls
These mini cheese balls are absolutely delicious! The toppings make this snack look and taste festive.
- Roasted mixed nuts
These roasted nuts are flavorful from fresh herbs and savory spices. You won’t be able to get enough of these.
- Mini Christmas tree pizzas
Pizza is, of course, a big crowd-pleaser, and this holiday season, you can make it more festive by using Christmas cookie cutters to cut the dough into Christmas tree shapes. Using fresh veggies like cherry tomatoes, purple onions, and olives as “tree decorations” will keep it healthier and will still be festive and delicious.
- Christmas deviled eggs
Healthy fats, lean protein, and veggies never looked so festive nor tasted so good all together!
- Pear prosciutto appetizer
This appetizer is the perfect mix of sweet, spicy, salty, and creamy flavors melding together in one bite.
- Pomegranate dark chocolate bites
Made with only 3 simple ingredients and no added sugars, you’ll love these chocolatey snacks without feeling bad for indulging.
- Vegan chocolate fudge
This delicious vegan fudge recipe is not only easy to follow but is also quick to make. It will take about 50 minutes from start to finish, but the best part is that you only spend 20 minutes of that time actually making it, and the freezer does the rest of the work. This particular recipe calls for tahini paste, but if you’re a peanut butter fan, feel free to switch it out.
8. Pistachio and pomegranate frozen yogurt bark
This healthy treat is topped with pistachios and pomegranates for festive color and great flavor. Don’t like those toppings? No problem! You can easily switch them out for your favorite ones.
9. Kiwi fruit and strawberry Christmas tree platter
What could be easier than cutting up fruit and putting it on a platter? This simple platter looks impressive, making it perfect for any Christmas gathering. Arrange kiwi slices to resemble a Christmas tree, top them with strawberries, and you’re done!
10. Banana Santa & Grinch kabobs
This fun snack is easy and simple to make but looks so fun and festive. The best part is that each serving is mostly fruit with minimally processed sugar. If you have kids, they’ll love helping you make—and eat—them.