Ringing in the new year will undoubtedly involve small get-togethers or huge parties with friends and family. Inevitably, these gatherings will include some delicious party foods. Having high cholesterol does not mean that you should be left out of the of the New Year’s celebration. Ring in the new year with heart-healthy takes on your favorite party foods. These healthy alternatives are delicious and will not put a huge dent in your cholesterol-lowering efforts.
Barbecue is often a hit at New Year's. However, it is often the food you barbecue that can be the source of added fat and calories to your diet. If you want to try a healthy take on barbecue, try using vegetables or tofu instead. These helpful low-cholesterol barbecue tips will give you healthy, barbecued foods that are sure to be a hit at your New Year's party.
Chips and Dip
Chips and dip are a staple at many parties -- and a party ringing in the New Year is no exception. However, both foods can add additional calories and fat to your diet. There are ways to make this popular combination more healthy, so that you can have this food at your party without inviting saturated fat along with it:
- Instead of chips, use crisp veggies, such as sliced cucumbers, carrots, and celery. You can also substitute whole-grain crackers for chips -- subtracting some of the fat that chips contribute to the diet while adding fiber.
- If you are purchasing store-bought dips, be sure to select dips that are low in fat, especially if they are cream-based. Bean dips, hummus, and salsa are low-fat alternatives to dips containing cheese or cream.
- If you are planning to make your own dip, try some of these delicious low-cholesterol party dip recipes.
Finger sandwiches are a filling favorite for many parties. However, some ingredients used to make these tiny sandwiches could have an adverse effect on your cholesterol-lowering diet. Try some of these healthy tips for making this party favorite more cholesterol-friendly:
- If you are using meat in your sandwiches, try using leaner cuts. Additionally, you may substitute the meat for tofu or salmon, both of which are heart-healthy and will not adversely affect your cholesterol levels. Avoid or limit fattier cuts of red meat or bacon, both of which are higher in saturated fat.
- Substitute white bread for whole grain or wheat bread in the sandwich. Both of these contain higher amounts of fiber -- another ingredient that can help keep your cholesterol levels in check.
- Use low-fat cheeses and spreads, instead of full-fat varieties.
- Don't forget to add your fruits and vegetables, which are cholesterol-friendly and can give added flavor and texture to the sandwich.
If you are looking for a different take on your usual finger sandwiches, try adding small sandwich wraps to your menu.
Fried Chicken Drummettes
Fried foods can contribute unwanted saturated fat to your cholesterol-lowering diet, and this party food is no exception. If you are looking to add a chicken appetizer to your menu for your New Year’s party, try baked chicken pieces instead. Marinating lean pieces of chicken in herbs and baking the pieces would be a healthier alternative to frying them. Try some of these healthy recipes for chicken for your New Year's Eve party menu: