Fun Food Ideas for Christmas and New Years Parties

Happy, Healthy Holidays

There’s no doubt that the holiday season is the time to be merry – from good food to good friends, the festivities are in full swing. This week I appeared on Let’s Talk Live DC to share some of my favorite dishes and hostess gifts that you can share at your upcoming Christmas feast. Keep reading to learn my favorite time-saving tips and tricks.

Try Something New at the Table

Try something new like these Turbana sweet plantains in cranberry sauce for your holiday table. turbanaPlantains are like bananas, but they taste different and cook differently too. Plantains actually have more potassium per serving than bananas and one serving  provides 3.5 grams of fiber. You can pick up plantains and other Turbana tropical produce at Shoppers Food Warehouse and Giant stores.

Not only is Turbana a pioneer in sustainability and social consciousness for their Columbian farmers, but they also give right here in D.C. by partnering with Marine Corps Marathon as the official composting partner. Visit Turbana for more delicious recipes and while you’re there check out Turbana’s Growing Smiles, Sharing Goodness movement.

Add Flavor with Citrus


Looking for a festive crowd pleasing dish for your next party? Bring this Citrus Bruschetta with Goat Cheese to your holiday parties. I used Sunkist Cara Cara oranges for a unique flavor punch.

Cara Caras are considered a superfood called “The Power Orange”. They are an excellent source of Vitamins A and C and a good source of fiber. Plus, they get their rich pink color from the antioxidant Lycopene.

If you’ve never had a Cara Cara orange, you’re in for a real treat. Their sweet and tangy cranberry-like zing pairs perfectly with the creamy goat cheese in this easy entertaining recipe. And cara caras are seedless! Cara Caras are available from December through May. Check out for more recipes.

Mix It Up with Grapes from California

WildRiceStuffingwGrapesGrapes from California are now in season through January. One ¾ cup serving of grapes contains just 90 calories, no fat, no cholesterol and virtually no 
sodium. Mix fresh grapes of all colors—red, black and green–into your holiday meals including appetizers, side dishes, entrees and desserts for color, crunch and taste.

Try this Savory Wild Rice Stuffing with beautiful grapes and hazelnuts. This dish goes well with anyCrispyPhylloCupswGrapes entree you’re serving over the holidays. Instead of cheese and crackers at your holiday party, make these Crispy Phyllo Cups with Fruited Brie, with festive red and green colors. You can get these recipes and more at

Bring a Hostess Gift

Kindseason‘Tis the season to be KIND. This limited edition holiday cube is not just a gift, it’s an experience. Filled with 20 Nuts & Spices chocolate flavors, the cube makes a perfect gift for any snack lover!

With 4  delicious varieties: Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt, Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond, Dark Chocolate Chili Almond, Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan there’s a flavor for everyone.

Inside you’ll find a #kindawesome card which you can use this season to celebrate someone spreading kindness. Give this card to a KIND person and they can redeem it for a sample of KIND snacks as a “thank-you” for being KIND. You can purchase this gift at now and into the New Year.

Fuel for the Holiday Rush

Whether you’re planning a road trip this holiday season or a last-minute crazed shopper like me, The Fresh Food line at 7-Eleven makes it convenient to eat a healthy bite while on-the-go. The Fresh Foods line offers sandwiches, wraps, salads, whole and fresh cut fruit and yogurt parfaits, all made fresh.turkey-sandwich1

Fresh Salads: 7-Eleven’s salads are available in 4 different varieties all under 500 calories. They come in easy and portable packaging, which makes them a great lunch option.

Sandwiches: 7-Eleven’s sandwiches are all prepared locally and delivered fresh every day. They are made with fresh ingredients including premium meats and fresh-blended spreads.

Snacks: 7-Eleven has a fresh selection of snack options including hard boiled eggs, yogurt parfaits, and Carrot and Celery packs with dips.

Now it’s your turn – what are your favorite tips and tricks for holiday entertaining?  Leave a comment below or find me on Twitter @ScritchfieldRD.

Disclosure: I was compensated by Grapes from California, Turbana, KIND, Sunkist, and 7-Eleven for my work on the TV segment, but was not compensated to write this blog.

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