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Healthy Eating Tip: Veggies For Crackers

Party season is coming, which means appetizers and lots of them. One way to turn many finger foods into a health food fest is substituting veggies and fruits for crackers, chips, and bread. If you're hosting a party, I suggest experimenting with your standard cheese and crackers hors d’oeuvres and try putting some produce into the mix. Fruit slices pair well with so many cheeses, and crudités are great for dipping into all kinds of sauces and spreads.

Here are a few of my suggestions for substituting produce for crackers. How to top these fruits and veggies is up to you:

  • Red pepper triangles
  • Pear slices
  • Apple slices

I have a few more suggestions so


  • Halved figs
  • Cucumber slices
  • Belgian endive leaves
  • Unpeeled, halved red or purple potatoes

If you have any other great substitutes, I would love to hear them, so leave them in the comments section below.


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elysiamann elysiamann 8 years
cucumbers are really good, like you said. and carrots are great!
mtiger mtiger 8 years
Grapes, apples, and cheese! A favorite of mine, too, Sonia.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
This isn't on the list, but I love shrimp cocktail! It's low in calories and perfect alone, a squeeze of lemon, or with a dunk's worth of cocktail sauce.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I do this for the holidays.
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
Celery and jicama.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
grapes. i always have grapes with my cheese and apple slices. it has become a staple afternoon snack (even without cheese). Carrots are yummy too with cheese as well as apricots. Something about the sweetness mixed with the hardiness of certain cheeses...yum...
heartbreakerx62x heartbreakerx62x 8 years
I love this tip, I try to do this and it usually works! I mean, I really only care about the dip, so it may as well make its way into my belly on some veggies instead of crackers or chips!
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