Beat the Scale and Wow Your Guests with These Healthy Fall Party Recipes

Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to give up fun food at a party this fall.

Host your own fall party and wow your guests with a table full of delicious, healthy fall party dishes. Here are a few of our favorite fall party recipes that come packed with flavor, but not with calories!

Cranberry Chicken Salad on Apple Slices

Recipe adapted from Yummy Addiction

Ingredients

  • fall party recipes4 cooked chicken breast halves, chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • ⅔ cup chopped roasted pecans
  • ⅔ cup celery, sliced thin
  • ⅔ cup light mayonnaise
  • ⅔ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder, optional
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 5-6 medium apples, sliced into thin rounds

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the chicken, dried cranberries, pecans and celery. In another small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice and curry powder (if using). Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour over the chicken mixture and stir to combine.
  2. Serve the chicken salad on apple slices.

Health Breakdown

Chicken – great source of protein

Apples – high in antioxidants, flavonoids and dietary fiber

Cranberries – high in Vitamin C and antioxidants, phytonutrients that have anti-inflammatory and cancer fighting properties.

Pecans – lowers bad cholesterol, packed with 17 vitamins, including A, B, E, folic acid, calcium and more, rich in age defying antioxidants

Paleo Pumpkin Bars

Recipe from Alexis Joseph, MS, RD, LD

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup creamy almond butter
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 overripe medium banana
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips and/or walnuts, optional

Instructions

  1. Turn oven to 350F. Grease an 8×8 in glass baking dish.
  2. Combine almond butter, pumpkin, banana, maple syrup, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Stir until well-combined.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, stirring until smooth.
  4. Spread into prepared baking dish, smoothing with a spatula. Bake for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

Health Breakdown

Almond Butter – high in Vit E that is good for your hair and skin, Magnesium and Iron that helps promote better oxygen transport throughout your body

Pumpkin – high in fiber which helps satiate hunger and protect your heart, high in Vit A which boosts good eye health, and rich in beta-carotene and antioxidants which fight against cancer.

Cinnamon – loaded with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and excellent for lowering blood pressure, this super spice is ideal for diabetics, or pre-diabetic stages.

Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients

  • 1 c. washed and dried pumpkin seeds
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Mix chili powder, cayenne pepper, lime zest and salt and pepper together in small bowl.
  4. Put pumpkin seeds in a medium bowl and stir in oil until all seeds are well coated. Sprinkle seasoning on top and stir well.
  5. Spread pumpkin seeds on prepared baking sheet, making sure to keep them in a single layer.
  6. Roast seeds for 45 – 60 min, until slightly golden brown. Seeds will crisp up as they cool.

Health Breakdown

Pumpkin Seeds – high in fiber, contains the amino acid – tryptophan – which contributes to better sleep at night, full of phytoestrogens, which helps prevent hypertension, and packed with cancer fighting properties

Coconut Oil – helps fight against heart disease and high blood pressure, reduces inflammation and arthritis, boosts the immune system and helps with weight loss.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be flavorless and void of fun. These only scratch the surface of all the great fall party recipes that are available for your enjoyment. Find more great tips on keeping a healthy lifestyle during special seasons and holiday events on our blog.

And as always, call Wellworks For You for more information or to speak to a health coach about your wellness program and goals.  

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