Amy Stephens, nutritionist and licensed dietitian specializing in diabetes and weight management in New York City's West Village

Healthy Holiday Appetizers

1. VEGETABLE CRUDITE WITH YOGURT DIP – cut-up a colorful rainbow of vegetables with a healthy dip or hummus in the center. Here’s a recipe for an easy yogurt dip:


1 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon chopped chives


Mix all ingredients together and garnish with chives. Keep refrigerated until serving.




3 ripe avocados
juice from 1/2 lime
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
Salt/pepper to taste



Place all ingredients in medium bowl and mix together with fork. Best served chunky with Garden of Eatin’ blue corn chips.


3. SHRIMP COCKTAIL – Can use fresh or frozen shrimp with store bought cocktail sauce.








24 slices cocktail rye bread
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons brewed black tea or vodka
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
8 ounces (250 grams) sliced smoked salmon, finely chopped (1 1/3 cups)
1/4 cup finely diced red onion
3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, plus sprigs to garnish
2 tablespoons drained capers, rinsed and coarsely chopped

Cut bread into 1-2″ squares, toast in oven for 7-10 min at 350 degrees.

Whisk the lemon juice, tea (or vodka), oil, mustard and pepper in a medium bowl. Add the smoked salmon, red onion, dill and capers. Toss to mix well. Keep refrigerated.

Add 1 Tbsp mixture to each toast and serve.