With the holiday season over, those monster-sized Christmas servings you devoured have now morphed into a few extra pounds. December was the month we threw any kind of diet we had out the window, but now it’s time to list down our annual New Year’s resolutions, one of which is to lose weight.
Those who wish to accomplish such calorie-burning feats usually engage in regular exercise and frequent visits to the gym, but one of the most effective ways to kick start a resolution is to eat smaller portions.
Why? According to health experts at fitday.com, eating smaller portions reduces your calorie intake, regulates your blood sugar levels, and stops what you would call a “metabolism crash”, wherein your metabolism is shocked during its down times when large portions of food enter your stomach.
Appetizers can help you start this healthy lifestyle of eating smaller portions, since appetizers are small foodstuffs served before meals to excite your appetite for the main meal. You can find these in the menu of many restaurants and catering services. We’ll be looking at a variety of healthy appetizers to start 2014 right, although we’d also recommend shaving off portions of your main meals to keep in step with a healthy lifestyle.
- Cheesy Zucchini Bites
If you’re still nursing a holiday hangover, these starters will remind you of the colors of Christmas. They’re gorgeous eye candy, and they taste good, too!
- Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs
The combination of the tomatoes’ juiciness, pineapple’s tartness, and chicken’s earthy flavor all blend well in this exotic taster that your guests will surely love!
- Crisp Crab Cakes
They’re light, tasty and healthy! What’s not to love?
- Big M’s Spicy Lime Grilled Prawns
Absolutely tasty! Its creator Marcus Hender notes that the prawns are best served with salad, potatoes, and bread. We’d recommend eating these for a morning snack or lunch at best, since your body has a bit more difficulty digesting shellfish and squid at night when your metabolism starts to wind down.
- Roasted Tomatillo and Garlic Salsa
If you’re looking for something nice and spicy, this hot dip is just right for you! You can serve this with loafed bread, pita bread, or even crackers!
- Bacon Jack and Jalapeno Quesadillas
Though the inclusion of glorious bacon may make this seem inconsistent, it actually boosts its appeal. Having bacon with the light pita bread and peppery jalapenos sends the message that you can be both indulge and be healthy.
- Crisp Mozzarella Sticks
If you’re craving for something cheesy, then these mozzarella sticks will definitely satisfy you. These are easy to make and are a hit with kids for its pizza-like flavor.
- Cherry Tomatoes Filled With Creamy Pesto Cheese
You’ve lycopene with the tomatoes and the tasty goodness of pesto cheese for only 64 calories per serving! Plus, this is one of the most creative ways of using tomatoes for appetizers we’ve seen thus far.