new years eve: the quick + healthy party guide

It happens every year. You can't get a dinner reservation, the bars are something you dare not brave and of course, all your friends are looking to you for a plan. It's official, you're hosting New Years Eve and no one told you until today. Not to worry! We have a few healthy recipes that are easy to whip up and sure to please the crowd - not to mention your waste line. Get your grocery list ready, its party time!

Keri Glassman's Cranberry Party Punch

What You'll Need:

6 c. steeped green tea (cooled to room temperature)

1 c. sparkling wine or champagne

1 c. 100% cranberry juice

2 limes

1 red grapefruit

2 navel oranges

How To Make It Happen:

Mix tea, wine, & cranberry juice in a large pitcher or punch bowl.

Slice limes, grapefruit, and oranges into thin wedges.

Reserve one sliced orange for garnishing glasses.

Toss remaining fruit into tea mixture and stir.

Chill until ready to serve.

Lisa Fallon Mindel's Raw Kale Crunch Salad

kale salad
kale salad

What You'll Need:

1 bunch of Curley kale

2 tbs. of olive oil, or favorite dressing.

½ c. shredded carrot

½ c. shredded cabbage( red or green)

1 avocado, sliced

Juice of ½ a lemon

2 tbsp of Orange champagne vinegar

Pinch of salt

How To Make It Happen:

Clean and de-rib the kale. Rip into small pieces.

Spin kale in salad spinner until dry .

Place in a large bowl and massage by hand with dressing mixture. You want to break the

kale leaves down a bit.

Add other ingredients and toss gently.

Haylie Duff's Spinach, Broccoli & Mozzarella Pastry Bites

What You'll Need:

Sheet puff pastry

Chopped broccoli 1 cup

Chopped spinach 1 cup

1 cup of mozzarella cheese

1 egg

How To Make It Happen:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

Spray a muffin tin with coconut oil, pam or butter

Cut the puff pastry in to squares…you will see when you lay the sheet out how this should be done. Basically, 3 sections vertically and 4 sections horizontally.

In a mixing bowl, combine broccoli, spinach, mozzarella and 1 egg. Mix.

Press each puff pastry square in to each of the muffin tins. Fill with broccoli, spinach and cheese mixture.

Bake for 10-15 minutes or until edges of puff pastry are golden brown.

Lisa Fallon Mindel's Home Touch Trail Mix

trail mix
trail mix

2 c. almonds, raw

1 c. pecans

2 cups walnuts, raw

2 cups pumpkin or squash seed, raw

2 cups dried cranberries

1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)*

*Feel free to add other nuts, dried fruits, or raw cacao bits for a personal touch

How To Make It Happen:

In a bowl mix together almonds, pecans, walnuts and seeds. Cover with water and soak overnight.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Rinse and discard soaking water.

Add cranberries and add olive oil. Mix until everything is coated well.

Spread the mixture out evenly on baking sheet and place in the oven for about 20 minutes or until you can smell the roasting nuts and they start to turn a lot.

Cool and store in air tight glass container.

Like these recipes? You can find more delicious treats from these fabulous women on their websites:

The Real Girls Kitchen - Haylie Duff

Whole Body Beautiful - Lisa Fallon Mindel

Nutritious Life - Keri Glassman