Healthy Party Dishes

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Greek cucumber dip with pita triangles
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and grated
1 cup plain lowfat yogurt
2 cloves minced fresh garlic
2 tablespoons chopped mint
1 teaspoon olive oil
4 whole wheat pita pockets

1. Mix grated cucumber, yogurt, garlic and mint in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Pour into serving bowl; top with olive oil. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
2. Cut pita pockets into wedges and bake in preheated 350 degree oven until warm, about 5 minutes. Serve pita triangles with cucumber dip on the side. Use any leftover mint for garnish for the dip.
Serves 8. Each serving: 95 calories, 1.5 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 2 mg cholesterol, 175 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 5 g protein., 2.5 g fiber.

Holiday Apple Cranberry Compote
4 baking apples, cored and cut in wedges
1 cup fresh/frozen cranberries
1 cup Splenda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch cloves
pinch nutmeg

1. Place ingredients in microwave container and cover. Microwave on full power for 8 to 10 minutes or until apples are soft. Stir and serve warm.
2. This compote looks nice when served in a fancy bowl and garnished with a stick of cinnamon. It can be used by itself, with turkey or as a dessert. If using as a dessert, we like to top with a dollop of light whipped cream.
Serves 8. Each 1/3 cup serving: 50 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 6 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 2.5 g fiber, 0 g protein.

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On the Run Healthful Options
Many of these items are ready-made in most grocery store produce sections or deli counters. You can buy a healthy dish  that requires little or no preparation. Here are a few ideas:
• Vegetable platter
• Fruit salad
• Cinnamon apple wedges with vanilla yogurt “dip”
• Large festive tossed salad - use ready-cut lettuce, grape tomatoes, shredded carrots and dried cranberries
• Baked pita chips with salsa or hummus

Choices to Avoid:
These items are high in fat and calories - so stay clear or be careful about portions!
• Fatty dips
• Cheese
• Fried foods
• Chips
• Fatty meats
• Pastries and pastry-wrapped items
• Quiche

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