Have a Plant: Fruits & Veggies for Better Health

Healthy Entertaining – July

August 1, 2012

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5 Healthy Appetizers

  1. Party Tray. Have a party tray of different vegetable choices such as carrots, celery, broccoli and cauliflower, and dip them in a healthy vegetable dip with non-fat sour cream. Recipe: Carrot Tuna Vegetable Dip
  2. Watermelon Gazpacho. Watermelon is the star of this refreshing chilled soup. Let your guests cool off with this appetizer at your next summer fiesta! Recipe: Watermelon Gazpacho
  3. Mini Lean Sandwiches. Quarter sandwiches of lean-cut meat, tuna salad or chicken salad, and top with lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers and onions. Recipe: Chicken & Fruit Salad
  4. Strawberry Shrimp Ceviche. Sweet strawberries pair well with this zesty shrimp ceviche. Keep this dish chilled before serving. It’ll be a crowd pleaser! Recipe: Strawberry Shrimp Ceviche
  5. Dark Chocolate Covered … Whatever! Dip peaches, strawberries and bananas in a small amount (only ¼ of the fruit) in melted dark chocolate. Refrigerate and serve.



5 Healthy Breakfasts

  1. Smoothie. Offer a Power Gold Smoothie that not only tastes wonderful, but is full of color and nutrition.
  2. Frittata. Vegetables accent frittatas perfectly. Make frittatas with lots of vegetables and use egg substitutes. Recipe: Vegetable Frittata
  3. Waldorf. Mix your favorite fruits with low-fat yogurt, cinnamon, and walnuts for a quick breakfast that tastes as good as dessert! Recipe: Banana Waldorf
  4. Homemade Fruit Spread. Purée your favorite fruits for a sweet spread full of antioxidants. Top whole wheat toast or biscuits for an easy breakfast!
  5. Perfectly Peachy Waffles. Succulent summer peaches will satisfy your sweet tooth and give you enough energy to start your day! Recipe: Perfectly Peachy Waffles



5 Healthy Favors & Gifts

  1. Dried Fruit & Almond Granola. This easy-to-prepare party favor can be packaged in decorated cellophane or Ziploc bags. Tie a note to each bag suggesting guests try it with fat-free vanilla yogurt and a banana! Recipe: Dried Fruit and Almond Granola
  2. Fruit Baskets. Gather a bunch of little baskets, cut up fruit of your choice (use cookie cutters to make it fancy), and place on skewers for a wonderful gift!
  3. Cinnamon Apple Chips. These tasty chips only require 2 apples, 100% apple juice and cinnamon sticks. Recipe: Cinnamon Apple Chips
  4. Fruity Trail Mix. Everyone loves trail mix because it’s full of vitamins and minerals plus … it’s delicious! Try mixing heart-healthy nuts like almonds, walnuts, pistachios and pecans with dried fruit and dark chocolate. Recipe: Fruity Trail Mix.
  5. Tropical Sunrise Parfait. Leave your guests with a delicious and comforting dessert to take home and save for later! Recipe: Tropical Sunrise Parfait

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