Healthy Canape And Snack Recipes For Runners
Christmas and New Year don’t have to mean heavy, stodgy, bready and pasty-based snacks, although that’s often the way it goes! Buck the trend by making healthier canapes and nibbles this year. You might even convert friends and family to these healthier choices.
Roasted vegetable skewers
Create healthy, tasty finger food by skewering bite-sized chunks of roasted vegetables onto sticks. Try roasted red and yellow pepper, shallots, red onion, cherry tomatoes, baby mushrooms, aubergine and even baby Brussels sprouts (they’re lovely roasted).
There’s one canape which scores high in the healthy eating stakes, and that’s chicken satay. Make your own by using good quality chicken breast and a light marinade made from peanut (or almond) butter, a little red chili and lemon juice.
Rremove the stems from mushrooms (any will do but chinese mushrooms have superior nutritional benefits) and fill with shredded chicken (you could use your leftover satay chicken!) and bake until soft.
Kids love making these. Form bite-sized meatballs from good quality beef, turkey or pork mince (or a combination), adding in any extras as you see fit (fresh herbs, chili, garlic, finely chopped onion or leek are all good). Bake, turning occasionally, and serve as finger food.
Simple and beautiful, smoked salmon is quick to prepare and delivers loads of nutritional benefits including essential fatty acids which help every cell in the body thrive.
For those days when you just can’t face another huge meal, try a gorgeously vibrant salad, packed with nutrition from seasonal fare. Cube butternut squash (or any seasonal squash), halve Brussels sprouts and roast with a little olive or coconut oil. Once these are roasted golden brown, toss in a bowl with a leafy green of your choice (kale or spinach are good choices), half an avocado (chopped or sliced), some chopped turkey or a hard-boiled egg and finish with a few slivered almonds and some dried cranberries for a festive feel.