21 Healthy Holiday Snacks Everyone Will Enjoy

three appetizers made of black olive bodies, roasted red pepper scarves, and carrot feet and beaks, held together with toothpicks
Photo: Melissa Goff

Take a break from the sugary treats and indulgent dishes with these healthy holiday snack ideas. During the holidays, eating healthy requires extra effort, but we've got you covered with our collection of better-for-you snacks. Kids and adults alike will get excited for these festive snacks that are perfect for parties, from Grinch-themed fruit kabobs to a savory pumpkin dip.

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Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

We can't decide what sounds better — the fresh fruit salsa or the cinnamon tortilla chips? If you're short on time, try substituting cinnamon graham crackers for the chips, as reviewer B_CHAP suggests.

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Grinch Kabobs

Grinch Kabobs
Snacking in the Kitchen

These Grinch-themed kabobs are sure to be a hit, especially if you serve them with a side of fruit dip. To prevent the bananas from browning, try spritzing them with a light layer of citrus juice, as recipe creator CNM CATERING suggests.

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Fresh Cranberry Salsa

Fresh Cranberry Salsa

This sweet and spicy salsa (thanks to the jalapeño) can be served on its own with tortilla chips or over cream cheese with crackers.

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Spicy Sweet Potato Chips

Spicy Sweet Potato Chips

Here's a seasonally appropriate alternative to potato chips. Reviewer chrislala says, "Yummy and easy — even the kids liked it, and they usually won't touch sweet potatoes."

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Savory Pumpkin Hummus

Savory Pumpkin Hummus with sage leaves

Pumpkin shows off its savory side with tahini, garlic, cumin, cayenne, and paprika. And it's a cinch to make: Simply dump the ingredients in the food processor and refrigerate before serving.

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Fun Santa Vegetable Tray

tomatoes, cauliflower, cucumbers, and bell pepper in the shape of Santa's head

Skip the store-bought veggie tray and make this fun, Santa-themed crudité instead. Serve with a side of veggie dip.

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Cream Cheese Penguins

three appetizers made of black olive bodies, roasted red pepper scarves, and carrot feet and beaks, held together with toothpicks
Melissa Goff

Black olives, carrots, cream cheese, and red pepper is all you need to make these adorable penguins. Try using an herbed or ranch-flavored cream cheese as some reviewers suggest.

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Balsamic Bruschetta

Balsamic Bruschetta

Bruschetta's naturally red and green color — thanks to the tomatoes and basil — makes for a festive choice for Christmas. You can typically find cherry tomatoes and Roma tomatoes in supermarkets year-round, and both make excellent choices during the winter months.

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Sweet Potato Hummus

sweet potato hummus in glass bowl next to lemon
Rochelle S.

Put the season's favorite root vegetable on display in this savory sweet potato hummus. Serve with apples, celery, or carrots for a nutritious snack.

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Herbed Pomegranate Salsa

pomegranate salsa with red onions and herbs

Pomegranates are in peak season during the fall and winter months, and this salsa takes full advantage of their sweet flavor and juicy seeds. But don't be fooled, this dip has a serious kick to it thanks to the jalapeño and serrano peppers.

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Santa Finger Food for Christmas

Santa Finger Food for Christmas

Here's a fun and festive way to sneak some veggies onto the plates of even the pickiest eaters. Try using a plastic bag with a corner cut off to pipe the cream cheese onto the crackers.

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Bourbon Fig Compote

fig compote on pastry

This sweet and tangy compote can be served over top of a soft cheese or on its own with crackers. Bourbon makes a great pairing for sweet figs.

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Healthier Best Spinach Dip Ever

spinach dip with tortilla chips

Reduced fat ingredients, increased spinach, and the addition of leeks makes for a lighter take on this fan-favorite party dip.

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Sweet Potato Sage Balls

Sweet Potato Sage Balls on a white plate
Buckwheat Queen

Naturally gluten-free, these sweet potato balls make for a delicious, seasonal appetizer that can be served on its own or with a dipping sauce of your choice.

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Fruit Skewers with Apple Cinnamon Dipping Sauce


You can easily customize these kabobs using whatever is in season or whatever fruit you have on hand. "Took to a party and it was the first appetizer gone!" says reviewer carrie.

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Baked Sweet Potato Coins

baked sweet potato coins
Buckwheat Queen

This three-ingredient recipe will satisfy your salty snack cravings. You can use a spiralizer or mandoline slicer to achieve ultra-thin coins.

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Orange Salsa

colorful orange salsa in a white ceramic bowl with an orange wedge and red-and-white-checked tablecloth in the background

The holidays fall right in the middle of citrus season, so this bright and spicy salsa only makes sense this time of year. Serve with tortilla chips.

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Christmas Tree Appetizers

plate of pita wedges decorated like Christmas tree

Pita bread wedges are topped with guacamole and decorated with bell pepper "ornaments" and pretzel stick "trunks." The kids can even get involved decorating these trees, too!

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Vegan Spinach Bites

Vegan Spinach Bites
My Hot Southern Mess

These allergen-friendly spinach bites are a great snack to accommodate those with dietary restrictions. Serve with your favorite veggie dipping sauce.

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Caprese Appetizer

Caprese Appetizer
Annette Green

Caprese, a classic Italian salad, just happens to involve all Christmas colors. And good news: Cherry tomatoes are ripe and available year-round, even during the winter months.

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Festive Finger Food with Smoked Salmon and Olives

close up of Festive Finger Food with Smoked Salmon and Olives recipe on a serving dish garnished with parsley
Natalie Titanov

Looking for a healthy snack to impress? These smoked salmon and olive canapés look very elegant on a serving platter.

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More Holiday Snack and Appetizer Recipes:

puff pastry Christmas tree
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