Lighter Appetizers for New Year's Eve

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Who says appetizers have to be ultra-rich to be a hit? These lightened-up appetizers use healthy whole foods to make small bites that taste as good as they are good for you. Most of them are a cinch to make, too, so you can cut down on the stress as well as the calories.

Pecorino and Honey Dip (pictured above): This simple combination of pecorino and spiced honey hits the sweet, salty and spicy flavor points.

Spicy Roasted Olives: Give heart-healthy olives an update.

Roasted Chestnuts: A holiday classic studded with vitamin C and manganese

Porcini Bruschette with Nipitella: Mushrooms and fresh herbs top this quick and easy bruschetta.

Pastrami-Style Gravlax with Sweet English Mustard on Pumpernickel Toast: Home-cured salmon is an awesome way to get those healthy omega-3s.

Mixed Crostini: Crostini Misti: These mixed crostini are topped with a variety of veggies, beans and prosciutto to make them complete mini meals.

Thai Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers: Lean protein with a flavorful marinade will make these a standout on a New Year's Eve buffet table.

Crunchy Curried Chickpeas: Lighter than nuts and higher in fiber, these crunchy baked chickpeas are addictive.

Marinated Olive and Tomato Salad: There are lots of healthy fats in this olive salad.

Artichoke Gratinata: If you like artichoke dip, you’ll love this elegant, lighter alternative that’s crispy with breadcrumbs.

Kerri-Ann is a registered dietitian and nutrition coach who writes on food and health trends. Find more of her work at kerriannjennings.com or follow her on Twitter @kerriannrd or Facebook.

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