Who doesn’t love a nice holiday buffet full of dips, hors d’oeuvres and other delicious snacks? Sometimes we fill up more before the meal, rather than at our holiday feast itself. Unfortunately, many of the appetizers we eat are high in calories and carbohydrates and often may lead to hyperglycemia (high blood sugars) and contribute to those unwanted holiday pounds. Below are some ideas for low carb appetizer or snack options that you can enjoy without wreaking havoc on your blood sugars!
1. Deviled Eggs
2. Cheese and meat platter
You can try a variety of sliced cheeses and assorted meats.
Tip: skip the crackers to save on carbohydrates and try a roll up instead! You can also try this Havarti cheese appetizer!
3. Cucumber and Lox
Top sliced cucumber, with smoked salmon and 1 tbsp. of cream cheese. You an also sprinkle some dill for additional flavor.
5. Ants on a log
Minus the raisins! Try topping celery with a tbsp. of peanut butter, cashew butter or almond butter.
6. Mediterranean platter
Make a platter with sliced vegetables, hummus, olives, and feta.
7. Shrimp cocktail
Not only are shrimp low carb, but they also are a good protein source. Be mindful with the serving size of cocktail sauce since they tend to average about 7g/carbohydrates per 1 ounce serving.
8. Stuffed Mushrooms
Try filling with various vegetarian or protein options to keep the carbohydrate down. Try these stuffed mushrooms.
9. Mini egg muffins
Eggs may not be a traditional appetizer, but can certainly be a healthier swap for a crusted quiche! You can adjust according to your liking and can fill with bacon, sausage, cheese and vegetables such as: spinach, tomato, mushroom, broccoli, and peppers. Try this yummy egg muffin!
10. Veggies and Dip
Prepare a platter with your favorite vegetables and pair with a dip.
Tip: Try using plain Greek yogurt to replace sour cream in dips to decrease the fat consumption.
A quick and easy option and you can be make using different types of protein and vegetables such as; chicken, shrimp, beef, peppers, onions or tomatoes.
Top 1 ounce of fresh mozzarella with a slice of tomato or roasted red pepper and basal. You can also try drizzling balsamic or extra virgin olive oil for additional flavor.
13. Mini hot dogs
These often come wrapped in a croissant for the traditional pigs in a blanket. But you can do a mini hot dog, without that right? Try dipping in some ketchup or mustard.
Try roasting your own pumpkin seeds!
15. Kale chips
Try making your own homemade vegetable chips by drizzling some olive oil and lemon onto kale and bake it in the oven at 350 for 10-15 min.
Although these foods may not directly cause your blood sugar to spike up, they still contain calories, sodium and fat, so it is important to still be mindful with your portion sizes!