tomato stuffed with crab meatChances are, you’ve already made a New Year’s resolution to train harder and eat healthier.

If you’re ingesting the typical New Year’s Eve party snacks, you’re likely to break your clean eating resolution mere minutes after the ball drops in Times Square.  Start 2015 off right by serving healthy alternatives to chips, dip, and fried fare minus the “blah factor” of a plate of chopped up celery and raw carrot sticks.

Here are a few healthy, simple, and delicious appetizer ideas for your New Year’s Eve party.

Turkey, Apple, and Brie Rollups

Liven up that lame deli tray and layer two slices of low-fat turkey on top of one another, adding a few thin slices of Granny Smith apples and brie cheese on top of the turkey before rolling up. High on protein and low on carbs and calories, this recipe can be given even more flair by adding chopped walnuts or fresh figs to the filling.

Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad

Cube the melon and cheese before sprinkling with shredded ribbons of fresh mint leaves and a dash of pepper.

Stuffed Mushrooms

Low in fat and calories, these small appetizers pack a lot of flavor into a small space.  The stuffed mushrooms recipe from Cooking Light combines fat free cottage cheese with chopped onions, peppers, and fresh minced garlic with Italian breadcrumbs and paprika stuffed into button mushroom caps. It’s simple to prepare but the complex, flavorful blend of spices make the minimal amount of effort — and calories — worth it,

Crab-stuffed Tomatoes

Slice eight small tomatoes in half and scoop out the centers.  Combine one pound of pre-cooked lump crabmeat (from a can) with three tablespoons of low-fat or fat free plain Greek yogurt.  Add two teaspoons of dijon mustard to the crabmeat mixture and spoon into the tomato halves before sprinkling with fresh, chopped chives and a Old Bay seasoning.
Note: Water-packed albacore tuna can also be substituted for crab.

Vegan Option: Fat Free Baba Ganoush

A low fat recipe that takes tahini, oil, (and unnecessary fat) out of the equation, this classic Middle Eastern eggplant dip can easily be customized in a variety of ways to provide your vegan guests with a delicious appetizer option. You can add horseradish for a kick or add extra garlic to ramp up the recipe’s antioxidants. Serve to guests with raw vegetables or multigrain crackers as a dip that delivers far more excitement (and nutritional value) than ranch dressing.

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