Healthy Hanukkah Appetizers and Desserts

Serve these healthier finger foods and desserts this Hanukkah.
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The Jewish festival of lights is filled with potato pancakes, jelly doughnuts and chocolate. Instead of making it a holiday celebration of calories, offer a variety of eye-appealing, delicious foods that friends and family will enjoy —including a lighter take on the traditional doughnut.

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Appetizers

Offer finger foods to friends and family when having them over to light the menorah and sing holiday songs. Include healthier spins on holiday favorites and lighter bites. Complement them with low- or no-calorie beverages like water, seltzer, virgin spritzers, tea and coffee.

Kale and Artichoke Dip (pictured above)
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Make Ahead Dessert

A clear bowl with a sideways spoon containing a fruit dessert

©Food - Jamie Kimm

Food - Jamie Kimm

Desserts

Doughnuts (aka sufganiyot) are an important part of the holiday tradition. Serve them with fruit- and nut-based desserts to up the nutritional ante.

Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts (pictured above)
Winter Fruit Salad  (pictured above)

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. She is the author of  The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day .

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