The holidays are a time for family, friends, and food. Lots and lots of food. If you’re trying to eat healthy this holiday season, that can be a bit of a challenge. But never fear! I’ve got you covered with these five anti-inflammatory holiday appetizers that are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. And trust me, I know picky eaters. I am one.


  1. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Brussels sprouts get a bad rap, but when they’re roasted to perfection and drizzled with a tart cranberry vinaigrette, they become irresistible! This dish is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds like quercetin and kaempferol, which help to reduce swelling. Plus, it’s beautiful to look at, making it perfect for holiday entertaining.  Add in a few extra dried cranberries and toasted walnuts on top for a little “je ne sais quoi?”





  1. Salmon Cucumber Bites

These delicate little bites are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for reducing inflammation. They’re also super easy to make, which is a bonus when you’re entertaining during the busy holiday season!  Simply top cucumber slices with cream cheese and smoked salmon, then garnish with fresh dill. So pretty and so delicious!  Make it more flavourful by mixing a little Epicure 3-Onion Dip Mix with your cream cheese.




  1. Sweet Potato Rounds

DYK, one sweet potato gives you 400% of the Vitamin A you need everyday?!  These crispy rounds are the perfect balance of sweet and savory, and they’re also dairy-free, gluten-free and paleo!


  1. Spiced Pear Crostini

Sweet pears pair perfectly with cream cheese and pomegranate in these festive crostini. Topped with a sprinkle of warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg (or Epicure Baked Apple Pie Dip Mix), these little bites are perfect for holiday gatherings. And when they’re made with whole grain bread and fresh fruit, they’re pretty healthy too! Pears are a great source of fibre and antioxidants like Vitamin C, both of which help reduce inflammation. Yum!





If you’re looking for healthy holiday appetizers that don’t sacrifice flavor or fun, then look no further! These four recipes will have your guests asking for more, even if they didn’t think they liked brussels sprouts before (trust me, it’s happened). So go ahead and enjoy the holidays without feeling guilty about what you’re eating! Your body will thank you later.

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