Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Have a little nosh with that toast

New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest drinking nights of the year. From festive pomegranate cosmos to champagne toasts, I never feel too great the next morning. Aside from drinking lots of water, did you know that eating a good meal before and healthy snacks while drinking can help curb that hangover?

Why have you done a good thing?

Having food in your stomach slows the entrance of alcohol into your bloodstream by preventing it from entering your small intestine, which absorbs alcohol faster than the stomach. Foods that contain high amounts of protein and healthy fats are best at slowing down the effects of alcohol. Although the traditional party fav mini hotdogs are delicious, preparing your own appetizers can help keep calories in control.

Here are some Healthy New Year’s Eve Snack Ideas to keep your New Year’s Eve party going:

Green Apple Slices with hummus and pistachio nuts

Artichoke Hearts (find in freezer section) topped with chopped cooked spinach, salt, pepper and brie. Pop under the broiler until browned

Roasted Beet Dip – roast beets until tender and puree with goat cheese, salt and pepper. Spread on toasted bread

Proscuitto Wrapped Dates

Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella skewers drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Stuffed Tomatoes with low-fat chicken or egg salad

Spiced Pecans

1 lb pecans

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 ½ tsp kosher salt

½ tsp black pepper

1 tsp fresh chopped thyme

1 tsp fresh chopped rosemary

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine spices and sugar in a bowl. Bake pecans until fragrant, about 12 minutes. Let cool slightly and add olive oil. Toss in spice mixture and serve!!

Have a great New Year’s Eve everyone!!

--Amy Santo, MS RD

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