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BYOP: Bring your own holiday platter

By Melissa Boncher, Hy-Vee Dietitian | Nov 02, 2017

The holiday season is upon us, and with the holidays come many parties and gatherings. One of the most challenging parts of the holiday season is finding tasty, yet healthy treats.

With a new spin on the traditional BYOB, one can eat healthy through the holidays by BYOP — bringing your own platter. Bring Your Own Platter (BYOP) provides the option for you to bring your own food to parties or gatherings to ensure you will have a snack or meal that is delicious and nutritious.

Your Hy-Vee dietitians recommend following these healthy holiday tips during the holiday season:

Balance carbohydrate foods with lean proteins. Add a slice of deli meat, cheese or nuts to fruit, crackers or cookies.

Select whole-grain alternatives, such as whole-grain crackers and whole-grain tortillas, when possible.

Incorporate healthy fats such as olives and nuts into snacks and treats.

Choose smaller portions or bite-sized pieces.

Limit alcoholic and sugar-sweetened beverages. Try adding fresh fruit or a cucumber to water for a refreshing beverage or drink alcohol in moderation — one drink for women, two drinks for men per day.

Here are five BYOP snack ideas that combine better-for-you holiday foods to create a festive platter perfect to serve for holiday parties and gatherings.


1. Artisan Nut Thin crackers, green and red pepper strips, cubed Cabot 50% reduced-fat cheese and Beer & Bacon Glazed Almonds.

2. Celery sticks, Laughing Cow light white cheddar, pomegranate arils, pistachios and Mary’s Gone Crackers.

3. Anjou pear slices, Babybel cheese, dried apricots and pecans.

4. Angie’s Holidrizzle dark chocolate sea salt kettle corn, sea salt roasted almonds, Zöet dark chocolate, dried cherries and cranberries.

BYOP is not only a great way to eat well, but also to spread holiday joy! It will ensure happy and healthy holidays.


Beer and Bacon

Glazed Almonds

Makes 4 cups

Active time: 15 minutes

Start to finish time: 30 minutes

All you need

Cooking spray

1 cup brown sugar

4 slices bacon, chopped

1/3 cup beer (any type)

1 tablespoon salt

Black pepper, to taste

1 1/2 cups whole almonds

2 cups sliced almonds

All you do

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a rimmed baking pan with foil; spray foil with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

2. Place brown sugar, bacon, beer, salt and pepper in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.

3. Boil for 10 minutes, stirring often. Pour in both types of almonds and stir well to coat all the almonds.

4. Spread almond mixture in an even layer on prepared baking pan and bake for 15-18 minutes. Remove from oven, and spread onto a sheet of aluminum foil while still warm (breaking apart any large clumps). Allow mixture to cool to room temperature and store in a closed plastic container at room temperature for up to three days.

Nutrition per ¼ cup serving: 210 calories, 14 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 9 g monounsaturated fat, 3 g polyunsaturated fat, 6 g protein, 18 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 2 g cholesterol, 509 mg sodium.


The information is not intended as medical advice.   Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.

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