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Healthy and Tasty Appetizers

By Edited Oct 3, 2016 0 0

Shrimp Cocktail- This is a classic favorite for fancy parties or casual meetings. Shrimp is packed with protein and good cholesterol without adding a lot of fat. Protein aids in eating less because it prevents hunger pains and junk food cravings. Cocktail sauce is made out of tomatoes so it contains plenty of vitamins A and C. They are essential for keeping the immune system healthy. Tomatoes are also filled with antioxidants. Horseradish is another key ingredient in cocktail sauce. It adds the zesty burn that cocktail sauce is known for. Horseradish has antimicrobial properties which also promote a healthy immune system and aid the body's natural bacteria in fighting infection and illness.

Biscotti and Bruschetta- Filled with healthy fats and antioxidants, this pairing is a popular in Italian restaurants and bistros. The base of a bruschetta is tomatoes and olive oil. Olive oil is packed with healthy fats that are essential for brain function. Tomatoes have vitamin A and vitamin C that increases immunity, fluxes toxins from the body, and fights infection. In addition, it helps improve eyesight. Other ingredients vary depending on the bruschetta but can include garlic, onion, cilantro, and green pepper. Garlic and onion is part of the allium family, great for the heart as they regulate blood pressure. Finally, it reduces the effect of allergies which can be life saving for individuals with breathing problems.

Baked Plantains with Avocado and Pico de Gallo- Plantains are in the same family as the banana but are more of a savory food than sweet. They have some fiber but are mostly rich in vitamin A, a beneficial antioxidant that helps healthy skin grow, and potassium. Potassium rich foods are a great energy booster for sluggish times during the day. Avocados are high in fat but in moderation help lower cholesterol and defend the body against cancer. Pico de gallo is a mixture of tomatoes, jalapenos, onion, and cilantro. It is also known as "fresh salsa" by some grocery stores. Onions thin the blood and reduce the risk of a heart attack. Tomatoes are filled with vitamin A and C, essential for a healthy immune system and fighting off common illnesses. Jalapenos also fight cancer in addition to clearing congestion and relieving headaches.

Spicy Dumplings- We tend to eat spicy foods slower so they can be savored over a longer period of time. They have been a favorite at high and low end Chinese restaurants. Now other popular restaurants are putting them on the appetizer menu and taking advantage of this low calorie inexpensive and versatile food. You can buy dumpling wrappers from the store or make them from scratch with flour, water, and salt. Puree a mixture of carrots, celery, onion, garlic, ginger, and soy sauce. This mixture provides plenty of antioxidants, fiber, potassium, and is rich in vitamin A. Place a teaspoon of the filling in each wrapper, close up the dumpling, and place in boiling water for ten minutes. Serve as is or in a bowl of vegetable broth.



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