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Holiday Appetizers Part 1: Healthy Choices
Published: 11/14/2012

Holiday parties are notorious for finger foods filled with high-glycemic carbohydrates and unhealthy fats. But not all appetizer choices are unhealthy. Use the information in today and tomorrow's Daily Tips for what to choose and what to avoid at your next holiday gathering. To help guide you to better nutrition choices throughout this holiday season, follow the advice in my Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid as well.

1. Crudités. The fiber in veggies will help fill you up, and they provide a nice, satisfying crunch. Choose a spectrum of colors (broccoli, cauliflower and carrots are good choices) and serve with plain organic yogurt. Add some fresh herbs and seasonings for flavor.

2. Mixed nuts. When eaten sparingly, nuts are a terrific snack. Walnuts are a favorite, as they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Almonds and roasted soy nuts are also good choices. Nuts can be high in calories (even if it's the healthy monounsaturated kind) so don't overindulge.

3. Smoked salmon. Salmon (especially wild Alaskan sockeye salmon) provides omega-3 fatty acids, the anti-inflammatory, essential fats our bodies need for optimum health.

4. Grilled figs and bleu cheese. Figs are high in fiber and antioxidants, and when combined with a bit of bleu cheese, provide calcium and protein - all in a delicious, easy-to-eat package.

Don't miss tomorrow's Daily Tip, when we present unhealthy appetizer options.

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