Low-Cholesterol Appetizers for the Holidays

Extra Nutritious, Delicious Apps, Dips, and Salads

Chicken satay with peanut sauce.
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If you're looking for festive, heart-healthy holiday appetizers, you've come to the right place. We've compiled our top low-cholesterol Christmas party appetizers, dips and salads. They're easy-to-make, crowd-pleasers. Appetizers are a great place to get heart-healthy ingredients into your holiday meal: colorful vegetables, beans (in the form of dips) and high-protein, low-fat dairy. If you're a guest at somebody's house try bringing one of these dishes: you'll know you have something healthy to eat, while sharing the heart-healthy offerings with other.

Try these tasty temptations for a low-cholesterol Christmas party that will delight your guests without hurting your heart.

Appetizers & Hors d'Oeuvres

Marinated Mushrooms

These flavorful mushrooms are so good your guests won't even realize they're heart-healthy.

Dilled Baby Carrots

These pretty pickled carrots can be served on their own or with a dip.

Coriander Chicken Meatballs

Look for skinless ground chicken and nonfat, plain Greek yogurt to make the low-cholesterol version of these tasty meatballs and dip.

Low-Fat Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Use natural peanut butter in this recipe to avoid the hydrogenated oils and added sugars that are common in standard peanut butters.

Dips

Tapenade
This tasty dip goes great with whole-wheat crostini. Rinse capers with water to reduce sodium content, making it even more heart-healthy.

Low Fat Hot Artichoke Dip

This party favorite has been slimmed down using low-fat yogurt and fat-free mayo, but it's still tastes like a decadent dip.

Serve with whole wheat crackers.

Apple Mint Chutney

Add ½ tablespoon of ground cinnamon to add extra antioxidants to this delicious chutney.

Corn Salsa
Alternate blue and yellow corn tortilla chips for a colorful party presentation. For an extra cholesterol-lowering fiber boost, try adding black beans.

Fat-Free Black Bean Dip

Use both salsa verde (green salsa) and traditional (red) for a holiday look and serve with both types of salsa on the side for a pretty presentation.

Low-Fat Red Pepper Dip

Serve red pepper, black bean, and artichoke dip alongside one another as a holiday "dip bar" your guests will love. (These dips can be easily made ahead and re-heated as needed the day of your party).

Low-Fat Carrot Hummus

Sneak carrots into this tasty hummus for extra fiber.

Salads

This red and green Low-Fat Mediterranean Salad makes for a colorful, low-cholesterol salad.

A second red and green salad for your holiday, this Tomato Cucumber Salad is the perfect way to begin a meal.

Use whole grain bread for Low-Fat Croutons that are a healthier alternative to the standard version.

Avocado, Tomato, Mozzarella Salad: Caprese salad gets a festive color update with the addition of green avocado.

This information does not replace the advice of your doctor.

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