Are you busy preparing for festive gatherings, cheerful celebrations, and of course, delicious potluck dinners with friends and family? During this time, you might also wonder how you’ll continue to meet your health and fitness goals. While indulging in holiday treats is a tradition we all look forward to and there’s something to be said for just allowing yourself to enjoy this there are also nutritionally-dense. That’s exactly where high-protein options come to the rescue!
4 High-Protein Holiday Potluck Recipes
At Xtend Fitness in San Antonio, we’re firm believers that you can enjoy the holiday season (or any other time) without compromising your wellness goals. We’ve put together a list of four high-protein dishes that are perfect for your next holiday potluck because they not only taste great, but they’re nutritionally dense, too!
Turkey Cranberry Meatballs
These meatballs are a perfect combination of savory and sweet, making them a crowd favorite at any holiday gathering. Ground turkey is a lean protein option that is lower in fat and calories compared to beef or pork. Additionally, cranberries are packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, which can help boost your immune system during cold and flu season.
Here’s the recipe from WellPlated.
Greek Yogurt Deviled Eggs
Another option for a high-protein holiday appetizer is deviled eggs made with Greek yogurt. This substitution cuts down on calories and adds an extra boost of protein. Plus, you can still enjoy the classic flavors of traditional deviled eggs, including mustard and paprika.
This recipe comes from The Real Food Dieticians and the best part is, all you need is five ingredients to make them yourself!
Here’s another high-protein option for your holiday potlucks that can be ready to go in under 30 minutes. Shrimp is a great source of lean protein and the addition of bacon adds a delicious smoky flavor. Just make sure you thaw your shrimp in the fridge overnight so it’s ready in time!
Here’s a step-by-step guide and ingredient list from Culinary Hill.
Black Bean Lime Dip
Many people forget to consider beans when they’re on the hunt for high-protein appetizers and snacks. Turning it into a dip with some added spices and lime juice adds a fun twist and also makes it perfect for dipping veggies or chips.
While this black bean dip from Hurry the Food Up is vegan, you could also add feta for a tangier twist with even more protein.
In Closing: High-Protein Potluck Recipes
We hope these high-protein snacks and appetizers for potlucks have inspired you to think outside the box and offer up something nutritious at your next gathering. Remember, high-protein doesn’t have to mean bland or boring – there are plenty of delicious options that will leave everyone happy.
Be sure to check out the Xtend Blog for even more healthy recipe ideas for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and special events.