Holiday Snacks: Featuring “Healthy” Options

Ahhh the holidays.  Where everyone just keeps eating.  And there’s nothing you can do about it.  But what if you could make it a little bit better?

Enter the cheese ball snowman.  He doesn’t judge you for how much you eat and there’s an opportunity to make your snacking slightly better for your caloric consumption!  Cheese isn’t always the enemy, with quality cheeses and flavorful spices, you’ll only need a couple of bites.  The other trick here is to include healthy dippers: green apple slices, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, cucumber sticks, pepper strips, olives, whole grain crackers or crostini all work well with a variety of flavored cheeseballs.  Don’t be embarrassed either, with all the fatty foods, family and friends will likely be excited to see a little variety of options.

Onto the actual making of these– you’ll need to plan a little in advance to let the cheese set; they do keep, so you could make extra a day or two in advance depending on your social schedule.  Let the cream cheese soften first which means this appetizer just got easier– no fancy equipment needed besides a little arm power.

Snowman Cheeseball

* This makes one traditional sized cheeseball.  I usually roll the mixture into two smaller balls to assemble the snowman.  Feel free to double depending on the number of people served.

8oz package of light cream cheese

1 cup of shredded white cheddar cheese

1/4 cup of finely chopped chives

1/4 cup of finely chopped parsley

2 Tablespoons of finely chopped dill

Mix all ingredients together. Divide into two round ball shapes; you can make this less messy by using plastic wrap. Roll the cheese balls in remaining white cheddar. I prefer to let them refrigerate for an hour to firm up, but you could serve them immediately after decorating.  Use a carrot for a nose; peppercorns for eyes and buttons, or even dried cranberries, pomegranate seeds, other dried fruits, feel free to be creative; pretzel sticks for arms; cucumber hat, bell pepper scarf– show Martha who’s the crafty one.

This is a great party appetizer, it doubles as a decoration.  Your guests or host will be sure to be impressed!

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