Healthy Appetizers for Football Season

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With football season now in full force home parties are being held to cheer on their team with friends and family members.  While these parties are a good time they are also usually a huge hindrance to continuing on with healthy eating.  So the next time that you are throwing a party or going over to someone else's place to watch the big game try making some of the following appetizers to help keep you on the healthy eating trail.  Some of the easiest things to fix up for everyone to have would be some sweet potato fries, ants on a log, or

shrimp with cocktail sauce.  In addition to those simple appetizer fixings another healthy option would be to make a vegetable pizza.

Sweet Potato Fries

In order to make the sweet potato fries just cut up a sweet potato into fry strips and place it on a baking sheet with approximately 1 TBSP of extra virgin olive oil.  Place into an oven preheated to 450 degrees and bake for 20 minutes or until the fries are crisp.

Ants on a Log

Ants on a Log are simply raisins, peanut butter, and celery.  Spread some natural peanut butter on a stick of celery and place some raisins on top of the peanut butter to give it the look of ants on a log.

Vegetable Pizza

The vegetable pizza will take a bit longer preparation time but it will be well worth it in order to stay on track with healthy eating and please all of the other game watchers.  Ingredients consist of  2 8oz cans of whole wheat crescent rolls, 8oz of fat free cream cheese, 1 tsp of dried dill weed, 1/8 tsp garlic powder 1/2 cup of small broccoli florets, 1/2 cup of cauliflower florets, 1/4 cup of sliced cucumbers,  and 1 chopped Roma tomato.  You can add any other of your favorite vegetables to this as well.  Preheat an oven to 375 degrees
and open both cans of dough.  Separate the dough into 4 long rectangles and place dough into an ungreased 15x10x1-inch pan forming a crust.  Bake for 13 to 17 minutes or until golden brown and then let it completely cool.  In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese, sour cream, dill and garlic powder until smooth and spread it over the crust. Top it all with the vegetables and then place in the fridge to continue to cool.

So now that you have a few healthier options to prepare for the next house party you don't have to worry about falling off track with your nutrition.

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