How To Make A Healthy and Glamorous Snack

December 22, 2009   6 Comments

Holiday parties don't have to be about meatballs, 7 layer dip, and cheese. You can do festive things with vegetables and people won't even realize they are eating them.

Veggie Shots

Take a look at this "Veggie Shot". Won't your guests be amazed at your ability to make a lovely appetizer? AND, there is no cooking involved - just slicing.

First, you must find 10 shot glasses or how many you need for your party. They were selling 4 for $10 at Target, so if you have the $$ - buy them there.

Alternatively, you could go to a thrift store near you (Salvation Army, Good Will, etc.). There are always a ton of shot glasses (in varying shapes and sizes which would be more fun), and they might hit you for 25 cents each.

Since I got rid of my shot glasses after I had kids, I had to borrow these from my neighbor, Laura. Borrowing them is also a great way to get enough for your party.

You can use hummus, Yogurt Dip or any other veggie dip that you like for the glasses. And put whatever veggies that you like in the glass - lettuce, Sugar Snap Peas, jicama, etc. would be great additions.

Place a plate of extra sliced veggies near the shot glasses so people can finish their dip if there is some still left in the glass. This will help with washing them.

The only problem with this party snack is that the glasses are difficult to clean. I got out my baby bottle washer (which I also use for my wine glasses) to get the dip out of the bottom of the glass. But, it was worth it!

Almost all of the calories in this snack come from the hummus. I found that I used less than a tablespoon to make it work so play with it a bit.

Veggie Shots
(Makes 10 glasses)

10 shot glasses
2 carrots
2 red peppers
1 cucumber
2 stalks celery
1 container store-bought hummus or other dip

Put 1 tablespoon hummus into bottom of shot glass. Peel carrots. Slice carrots, red peppers, cucumber, and celery into 2 inch strips. Place veggies in shot glasses artfully. Leave out veggies that don't fit (or slice some extra ones) for additional dipping.

Please share your favorite party snack in the comment section.

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HA! I am doing a similar thing for my first grader's holiday party today. I got a bunch of seasonal fruits and I am going to slice them up and serve them in clear plastic cups.

I think I'll go this route for my Christmas Eve vegetable appetizers. Allouette (soft cheese spread) & Tziski cucumber dip, w/assorted vegs.

Great Idea!

What a neat idea! This could be done with shrimp cocktail as well with some cocktail sauce in the bottom.

Snack Girl, you're terrific! I will make these veggie shots for my own New Year's Eve celebration.


Just doin' my job as a snack guru :)

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