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Recipes - Appetizers

A tray of nuts-party mix
By Megan Gilmore
If you crave that popular party mix made with rice cereal, you are going to love this grain-free alternative made with nuts, seeds, and a hint of maple syrup.
endurance-crackers
By Angela Liddon
Packed with energizing healthy fats, these crackers make great on-the-go snacks.
a bowl of popcorn drizzled with chocolate sauce
By The Life Time Foundation Team
This popcorn looks like a winter wonderland, and is a great alternative to high-sugar kettle corn or the unhealthy oils found in microwave popcorn.
holiday-spiced-nut-mix
By Laura Fogelberg
An easy, healthy, and delicious nut mix for your holiday parties.
grain-free-pumpkin-bread
By Elana Amsterdam
This recipe features fresh, roasted pumpkin, which is easy and so much more delicious than canned. You'll make more roasted pumpkin here than you'll need for one loaf; visit ElanasPantry.com for more pumpkin recipes.
a bowl of apple pie fruit dip served with apple slices
By The Life Time Foundation Team
The perfect fall dip — and an easy way to get your kids to eat their fruit.
grain-free-coffee-cake
By Elana Amsterdam
This simple-to-make baked treat from Elana's Pantry delivers on flavor and whole-food goodness.
zucchini pizza bites served on a wooden tray
By The Life Time Foundation Team
Quick, yummy, and nutritious — these pizza bites serve as a healthy alternative to store-bought versions.
Rocket Fuel
By Matthew Kadey
These gluten-free energy bars from the new book Rocket Fuel are easy to mix up for a pre- or postworkout snack.
Spiced-Raw-Veggies
By Robyn Youkilis
Not only do many spices naturally boost your metabolism, they’re also delicious. These spice mixes will make you much more likely to opt for raw veggies when you’re looking for something to munch on in the afternoon.
By The Life Time Foundation Team
These bites are a great option for an after-school snack or game-time appetizer.
a bowl of roasted red pepper hummus
By The Life Time Foundation Team
Enjoy with whole-grain pita or your favorite sliced veggies.
a bowl of guacamole
By The Life Time Foundation Team
Guacamole is the perfect dip, spread, or topping to use up your avocados whether they’re perfectly ripe or a little mushy.
By The Life Time Foundation Team
Use to add flavor to your meals or enjoy as a healthy snack.
a bowl of summer cucumber salad
By The Life Time Foundation Team
Light, fresh, and perfect for hot summer days.
sweet potato "toast" topped with goat cheese and figs
By The Life Time Foundation Team
Topped with creamy goat cheese and sweet figs for the perfect appetizer, snack, or breakfast.
a fruit pizza made into the image of an American flag
By The Life Time Foundation Team
Celebrate the Fourth of July with this fun flag pizza.
a jar of rhubarb bbq sauce
By The Life Time Foundation Team
Most store-bought sauces contain high-fructose corn syrup and other artificial ingredients and preservatives. Try this healthy, sweet, and spicy sauce instead.
a bowl of avocado salsa
By Andrew Zimmern
This salsa makes a great tortilla chip dip all on its own, or you can use it to dress any grilled or roasted meat, poultry or seafood. Serve with tortillas and plenty of sangria.
Peppers with blackened seasoning
By Bryant Terry
Blackening is a Cajun technique in which food is coated with a medley of spices and cooked over high heat, usually in a cast-iron skillet or on a grill. To give your food big, complex flavors, toast whole spices, then pulverize them in a mortar or spice grinder. This blackened seasoning pairs well with vegetables like the grilled okra seen here. 
Garlic Scape Omelet
By Michael Anthony
Garlic scapes are the tender shoots of the garlic plant that grow up and out of the stem, curling their way toward the sky. Most commercial growers remove the scapes to preserve the energy of the garlic bulbs and increase yield. For home cooks, though, they’re a real treat. Look for scapes at farmers’ markets in early summer. You can chop and prepare them like green beans or slice them thinly and sauté to bring out their delicate aroma. Scapes have a far milder taste than mature garlic.
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