Party Time Bites

Hey party people! Whether you’re hosting a seasonal party, an intimate gathering, or watching the big game, it’s always helpful to have a few healthy snacking ideas on hand. Ditch the traditional heavy hitters and try these more nutritious crowd-pleasers at your next get-together.

 

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Sweet Potato Crostini with Smoked Salmon and Chanterelles

These gourmet bites look fancy but are quite simple to prepare—and provide a healthy dose of nutrients to boot. Yum.

 

Ingredients

·      3 sweet potatoes, sliced into ½ inch rounds

·      ¾ lbs chanterelle mushrooms (or any variety), sautéed

·      smoked salmon

·      avocado oil

·      sea salt and black pepper to finish

 

Yogurt spread:

·      1 cup yogurt

·      ¼ cup dill, finely chopped

·      1/8 cup chives, finely chopped

·      juice of ½ lemon

·      1 tsp salt

·      2 cloves garlic, minced (optional)

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  Spread sweet potato rounds on baking sheet and us a paper towel or brush to lightly coat with avocado oil.

 

Bake for about 20 minutes until cooked through but still firm. For a more golden finish, broil on high for a couple minutes, flipping halfway through (keep an eye not to burn).

 

 In a small bowl, combine all the yogurt spread ingredients and mix together.

 

Once sweet potato rounds have cooled for a few minutes, spread the yogurt mixture on top of each crostini. Top with either sautéed mushrooms or smoked salmon. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with microgreens (optional).

 

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Party crudité platter with beet hummus

Ditch the store-bough plastic veggie tray, and get creative with colorful vegetables, fruit, nuts, and interesting dips. The best thing about party trays…no rules! Just put together a combo of your favorite items and let people serve themselves. Win-win.

 

Click here for the recipe for this vibrant beet hummus

 

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Turmeric Roasted Chickpeas 

Because we’re always looking for new ways to add the powerful anti-inflammatory spice, turmeric, to dishes. These taste best fresh from the oven when they’re still warm.

 

Ingredients:

·      3 cups organic chickpeas

·      2 tablespoons turmeric

·      1 tablespoon coconut oil

·      1 teaspoon Himalayan pink sea salt

 

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Grease a backing sheet with coconut oil, then pour chickpeas, coconut oil, sea salt and turmeric onto the sheet. Mix with your hands until well mixed throughout.

 

Roast for 40-50 minutes, or until golden brown. Enjoy!

 

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Blogpost written by Ascend Content expert, Ashley Hart