The holidays can be a stressing time for all of us- from non-stop parties to endless gift shopping and family members that make your blood boil. If your blood pressure tends to rise at this time of year, don't be worried! There are all kinds of healthy recipes to protect your heart and steady your blood pressure.
Here, we've taken mini sweet peppers, cut them in half, and piped them full of soft cheese mixed with herbs and fresh veggies.
It is a a cheesy, easy, healthy appetizer ideal for snacking, and each bite-sized pepper is surprisingly satisfying, low in carbohydrates, and low in sodium! (By the way, fresh or dried herbs both work wonderfully to infuse the cheese.)
Swap the usual chickpeas with soybeans for this spicy and smoky hummus recipe. Since fiber-rich edamame is fairly flavor-neutral, garlic, ginger, parsley, and lemon zest give this fresh and healthy appetizer it's flavor boost. Pair the dip with veggies or pita chips, or use as a layer inside mini snack-size sandwiches.
You don't need to reinvent the wheel, here. Here we sliced up a thin baguette, and topped with a soft, creamy cheese (like the cheese in the peppers recipe above) and fresh fruits. My mother loves to take frozen berries, boil them with a little lemon or orange zest, and top her toast with this instead of fresh fruit. It's an appetizer at nearly every Christmas, and takes only 15 minutes to make. Make some crostini that are either savory, or sweet, or both! For a Christmas colored appetizer table, we pair sweet red fruits with some savory green herbs like thyme or mint.