Monday, December 19th, 2011 | Author:

It’s the Holiday season and it seems like this time of year we always put on a few extra pounds.  Not enough time to exercise, the food is warm and you are cold and not to mention the Holidays bring out the best foods EVER!

I wanted to share some healthier alternatives to your appetizer collection, whether it’s Bunco night or just get- together’s with friends and families.  Below are some low carb, sugar free recipes to chose from for your eating pleasure!  🙂

Angeled Eggs

A mayonnaise free version of deviled eggs. 

Ingredients

  • 6 large hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 dash black pepper
  • 1 dash salt
  • 2 tsps vinegar
  • 1/4 cup pureed avocado

Directions

  1. Remove the eggs from the shells and then bisect lengthwise.
  2. Carefully remove and save the yolks.
  3. Blend all other ingredients with the yolks until smooth.
  4. Spoon equal portions of the mixture into the egg white halves.
Carb: 0.69g | Prot: 3.24g | Fat: 3.36g

Peanut Butter Cookies

Yummy peanut butter cookies that are extremely low carb. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup Splenda sweetener

Directions

  1. Mix all 3 ingredients together and roll into 20 balls.
  2. Preheat oven to 350° F (175° C). Bake for 9 to 10 minutes – bake to the size of half dollars.
  3. Divide the number of cookies by the carbs in the peanut butter to get a count per cookie.
  4. Note: you can use creamy or chunky peanut butter.

Carb: 3.06g | Prot: 3.53g | Fat: 6.70g

Butter Pecan Brittle

Sugar free delicious brittle.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup maltitol crystals sweetener
  • 8 sticks sweet cream butter
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecan nuts

Directions

  1. Melt the butter in a large, non-stick fry pan.
  2. Add the Maltitol sweetener and heat on medium, stirring until it is blended and golden.
  3. The mixture will separate and then blend together again. Give it time for the color to darken, but don’t over cook.
  4. Remove pan from heat and sprinkle nuts on the top.
  5. Allow to cool. Cover and let set up. If you are in a hurry, hasten the cooling by setting the pan in a larger pan of ice.
  6. Cover and let set up. When the brittle is cooled, break it into pieces.
  7. Variations: add 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut. If you use walnuts instead of pecans you can deduct all the carbs. 1 cup of peanuts makes it peanut brittle.

Carb: 0.94g | Prot: 0.62g | Fat: 8.57g

Dilly Wraps

Dill pickles wrapped in fat-free cream cheese and chipped beef for a low carb snack. 

Ingredients

  • 1 baby dill pickle
  • 1 tbsp fat free cream cheese
  • 1 slice dried beef

Directions

  1. Spread softened cream cheese on a slice of dried beef and wrap it around the pickle.
  2. Slice the wrapped pickle into bite-sized rounds and enjoy!

Carb: 2.08g | Prot: 2.87g | Fat: 0.05g

Strawberry Hats

(makes 4 servings Super Cute! Only 35 calories each!)

1 pound fresh strawberries
1 canister whipped cream (heavy or light)
mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

Wash and hull strawberries. Slice a 1/4 inch slice on the bottom and spray 1 tablespoon of whipped cream. Place “hat” on top and dab with more whipped cream. Insert chip eyes for added cuteness. Enjoy!

If you are wondering about healthier beverages:

Gin, vodka, tequila, whiskey, and rum are distilled spirits that by definition have no carbohydrate.

  • Gin and tonic (or vodka tonic)
  • Jack and Coke (made with diet cola)
  • Scotch and soda
  • Seven and Seven (Segram’s 7 and Diet 7-Up)
  • Rum and diet cola

My personal favorite for a sugar free alcoholic drink is vodka lemonade.  I get Pure Lemon that comes in the bottle and make it in a gallon jug:

1 Cup of Real Lemon, 2 cups of Sucralose  (or other 0 calorie sugar substitute) and fill the rest of water.

I hope you enjoy these healthy tips for your bunco night!

Happy Holidays everyone!!

Hugs,

Bunco Betty!

 

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