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Ring in the New Year with these low-cal appetizers

Losing weight is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions, so why not get a head start a day early with some healthy cooking?

Whether you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party or are attending a gathering, we’ve got some recipe ideas to help you ring in 2014 the right way!

These low-calorie appetizers and meals will have your guests begging for more, while you cut the calories and fat without compromising taste!

Instead of greasy finger foods typically served on this holiday, try the artichoke hearts, stuffed peppers, baked mozzarella sticks, and more that we have listed below.

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    1. Spinach and brie topped artichoke hearts

    Rather than indulging on spinach and artichoke dip with chips, try this alternative made from spinach, artichoke and brie for only 20 calories per serving!

    Per serving: 20 calories 1g fat, 1g carbohydrates, 1g protein, 1g fiber

    View recipe on eatingwell.com >

    2. Tuna-stuffed peppers

    Instead of ground beef, these stuffed peppers are filled with tuna, capers, and anchovies. This low-carb meal is also gluten free, and is flavored with lemon juice, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.

    Per serving: 42 calories 2g fat, 2g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 1g fiber

    View recipe on eatingwell.com >

    3. Baked mozzarella sticks

    These tasty mozzarella sticks are baked instead of fried, and use low-fat cheese for less fat and calories! Plus, they only take 20 minutes to prepare.

    Per serving: 216 calories 13.9g fat, 10.4g carbohydrates, 16.9g protein, 0.6g fiber

    View recipe on allrecipes.com >

    4. Shrimp salad on cucumber slices

    This is the perfect light snack for your party. Ingredients include shrimp, celery, red onion, light mayo, fat-free Greek yogurt, and more! Try serving it on whole-grain toast.

    Per serving: 15.7 calories 0.4g fat, 0.5g carbohydrates, 2.5g protein, 0.1g fiber

    View recipe on skinnytaste.com >

    5. Healthy cookie dough dip

    You won’t even taste the secret healthy ingredient in this cookie dough dip – chick peas! This dip is high in protein, gluten-free, and can even be made without sugar. Dip into it with graham crackers or fruit, or just enjoy with a spoon.

    Nutritional information varies on ingredients used.

    View recipe on chocolatecoveredkatie.com >

    Lauren Mennen Philly.com
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