The pine smell of the tree. Lights twinkling and ornaments hanging. Presents waiting to be opened and loved ones gathered round… Christmas is just around the corner! And whether you’re a host or a guest, it’s high time to start planning your Christmas party food—because the last thing you need is to be fussing around in the kitchen as the festivities start!
Thankfully, planning and prepping a delightful Christmas party food menu isn’t super difficult. Everyone is already expecting to fill up on quality food, so the key thing to remember is this: plan your menu around healthy foods! Between eggnog, cookies, candy, hot chocolate, alcoholic beverages, fatty meats, and appetizers, heavy food is notorious for adding a few thousand calories to your daily diet. No wonder so many of us resolve to lose a few pounds come the New Year!
However, you don’t want to sacrifice flavor either. No one wants all the food in the buffet to be low-fat, low-salt, low-sugar, and low-cal… so how do you find the middle ground?
Healthy Ingredients for Christmas Party Food
Probably the single greatest way to make easy Christmas appetizers and finger foods is to use ingredients that are healthy and flavorful to begin with. We’re very partial to hummus and nut dips, because they can totally jump start some guilt-free and flavor-packed Christmas party food ideas for your buffet!
Sound strange? Well, you haven’t been paying attention! Superfood hummus recipes have been booming for years now, and nut dips are just now making waves in the food scene. Both of them contain healthy fats, plant-based protein, and the vitamins and nutrients your body craves—without skimping on rich texture and flavor. That’s why you can easily take your Christmas party food menu to the next level, just by adding these delightful dips to your ingredient list.
If you’re skeptical, try these easy Christmas appetizers and finger foods, and see for yourself!
Easy Christmas Appetizers & Finger Foods
Time to chow down! The recipes below are some of our faves for the holiday season. However, if you want more Christmas party food ideas for your buffet, then head on over to our Instagram foodie community, HOPE Kitchen, and YouTube channel for hundreds of mouth-watering recipes that pack a ton of flavor and healthy ingredients at the same time!
We all love crispy, seasoned, bite-sized potatoes… so why not throw some on your Christmas party food menu? Air-frying some ghee-coated baby potato slices keeps them low in unhealthy fats. Then season them with lemon juice, salt and pepper, and fresh chopped parsley, and dip in some Thai Coconut Curry hummus for a homey, tangy and sweet flavor combo!
Talk about easy Christmas appetizers and finger foods… this one is a no-brainer! Simply dice up your favorite veggies (bell pepper, carrots, brussels spouts, onion, etc.) and bake in the oven… then pair with Sea Salt & Olive Oil hummus, Roasted Garlic Cashew & Almond Dip, Green Chile Guacamole, or whichever HOPE dip you love best!
Add some mellow heat to your pasta game with this zesty dish! Your favorite pasta goes great with a sauce made out of Buffalo Bleu hummus, sauteed onions, and bone broth. Then top with salt and pepper, sesame seeds, and fresh basil for a simple pasta your party-going munchers will love.
A hearty soup goes a long way—especially when it’s cold outside! This soup is the perfect complement to your Christmas party food ideas and finger foods… just roast some cauliflower and veggies in the oven, blend, then combine with sautéed onion, garlic, EVOO, thyme, and Original Recipe hummus. Garnish with crispy chickpeas and fresh thyme for an eye-catching and delicious meal.
These sweet sandwiches are a fun food for kids and adults alike! Crunchy graham crackers surround layers of toasted or bruléed marshmallow, fresh raspberries, and Chocolate Cashew & Almond Dip! Luscious, light, and a great mix of fruity and chocolatey dessert flavors.
As always, we love making the most delicious and healthy dips on your market shelf. Break out some different flavors this holiday season and wow your guests—and we look forward to seeing you in the new year!