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ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Tasty appetizers can be healthy too. Savory homemade guacamole gets the party started right, and fresh fruit tarts hit the sweet spot!

Here are some sweet and savory appetizers to tempt your guests' taste buds! Yummy appetizers can also be healthy for you. You can use fresh ingredients and some easy recipes to get your holiday gathering off to a great start!

    COOK AT HOME!
    Try these recipes at home, and you will have your holiday guests raving about your fun holiday appetizers while they catch up over a great meal!

    Fresh, savory guacamole is just a few easy steps away! Get your mixing bowl out, mash up some avoacados, and add a few simple ingredients. Click here for our recipe for Guacamole, via the Celebrate Your Plate curriculum. You can make this dip easy to eat by spreading it on a pita wedge, adding a pretzel for a "tree trunk," and maybe adding some cut-up bell peppers for extra color.

    Sweetening up your appetizer selection is easy with fruit tarts! These no-fork-needed tarts take just a few wonton skins (baked a few minutes in the oven), jam or jelly of your choice, fresh fruit, and a dollop of yogurt or whipped cream on top. Click here for our easy Fresh Fruit Tarts recipe.

    Got chocolate and peanut butter? Combine them with strawberries for a unique finger food at your holiday gathering. Or have leftover wonton wrappers from those fruit tarts? Why not make mini tacos?! Check out Buckeye Bites: Healthy Holiday Appetizers for holiday treat recipes from our pros at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center.

    GET THE FACTS!
    We have several free fact sheets available on Ohioline to help you get some recipe ideas and learn more about keeping dishes healthy as you create some tasty holiday treats. You can also learn why getting more protein, dairy, fruits, and vegetables in your diet is a good thing!

    LEARN MORE!
    Experts with Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University also have some suggestions for managing your overall diet during the holiday season. Read on for helpful tips on Navigating Foods this Holiday Season.

    Making Healthy Choices over the Holidays doesn't have to be difficult, with some suggestions shared by the Ohio State Office of Student Life.

    USDA's CelebrateYourPlate.org site features many recipes, as well as great ideas for incorporating healthy vegetables and fruits into all of your meals.

    CONNECT WITH OUR EXPERTS!
    The OSU Wexner Medical Center also has nutrition experts who can help clarify confusing nutrition advice you might hear in the media, via your friends, or through others. Ohio State’s registered dietitians are here to help! Check out their Wexner Medical Center blog posts, as well as videos on a variety of nutrition topics.