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17 Easy And Eye-Catching Party Appetizer Idea That Your Need To Try

17 Easy And Eye-Catching Party Appetizer Idea That Your Need To Try

Who doesn’t love having a few great friends over and throwing a small party or gathering? Or having a larger theme party? There are a million different appetizers and foods you can make, and here are a few fun and easy options that are always well-received. Be prepared not to have any leftovers!

With the holidays here and in full swing, I’ve also included a fun and kid-friendly (and adult-approved!) party dessert, too!

1. Taco Eggrolls by MyFridgeFood.com.

tacoeggroll

    This is a super simple recipe for taco eggrolls that are baked instead of fried, and serves as a great base recipe to making your own changes. A fun addition would be sauteed peppers and onions! Try adding some spice for an additional kick, or sriracha sour cream as a dipping sauce!

    2. Meatballs from MyRecipes.com.

    meatballs

      Meatballs are a party favorite, and a great appetizer with toothpicks and amazing sauce. This recipe makes your life easier by using frozen precooked meatballs, and then creating your own sauce. Sure to be a hit!

      3. A Cheese Ball from MyRecipes.com.

      Photo Editor: Paden Reich, Art Director: Bob Perino, Prop Stylist: Buffy Hargett Miller, Food Stylist: Erin Merhar. Food: Hot Brown Bites, Cheese Ball, Sweet Potato Biscuits, Flatbreads, Shrimp dip, Trout crostini.

        This feta and olive and herb cheese ball is very eye catching and interesting! It’s coated in parsley and green onion, and you can customize it as you like. It is delicious with a hearty cracker or some crostini! This one asks you to use a heavy duty stand mixer, but my hand mixer was up to the job.

        4. 2-ingredient Pigs In A Blanket from DamnDelicious.com.

        pigs

          This is one of my favorite party appetizers! Everyone loves pigs in a blanket, and I typically serve them with ketchup, mustard, and sriracha mayo options. To make this recipe even easier (if that’s even possible!), you can pick up precooked mini hotdogs or sausages at most major grocery stores.

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          5. Classic Guacamole from JamieOliver.com.

          guac

            This is a pretty easy and impressive guacamole recipe. Leave out the chili for a less spicy version! Guacamole is always a great option for a party appetizer and is especially perfect for vegetarians!

            6. Creamy Deviled Eggs from MarthaStewart.com.

            devegg

              Deviled eggs are a classic appetizer option. This is an easy to make recipe, and if you like a little more crunch in your egg mixture, add a bit of relish!

              7. 5-Minute Hummus from RealSimple.com.

              hummus

                This is one of the easiest and fastest recipes you’ll ever make! There is no cooking or baking involved, and I have made this recipe using my blender and not a food processor. I own a Ninja blender, and it is plenty powerful enough to puree the chickpeas. This is a HUGE favorite of my significant other, and we have used it in conjunction with dinner recipes, and not just as a dip with pita chips. (Try hummus-crusted chicken breast for a twist on an easy chicken dinner!)

                8. Arancini with Marinara Sauce from JustATaste.com.

                arancini

                  I loooove rice balls, and this is one of the easiest recipes I have come across for it. And there aren’t that many ingredients! Rice balls are great, and for a party, you can try making these half size and get more balls!

                  9. Baked Brie from Ina Garten at FoodNetwork.com.

                  brie

                    Baked brie cheese is something I had for the first time fairly recently, and I have decided I was completely deprived previously! Baked brie is one of the simplest things to make, but is gooey, delicious, and a very share-able snack! As an appetizer, you can do more, even a whole wheel! Serve with crackers, apples slices, carrots, and anything you enjoy covered in delicious brie!

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                    10. Baked Goat or Feta Cheese Appetizer from MarthaStewart.com.

                    goat

                      If you aren’t a fan of brie cheese, this is a similar baked cheese recipe for goat cheese or feta cheese! Use this for a fancier version, and you can add cranberry or even some preserves to this after baking for additional flavors. Play around with it!

                      11-15. Flatbreads and Pizzas from TheKithcn.com.

                      I tried to pick just one flatbread to show you for the on-trend idea of flatbread and pizza appetizers for parties. I’ve seen these at fancy cocktail parties, super bowl parties, restaurants, and more, and there are a lot of ways to customize, tone down, or fancy-up your flatbread and pizza recipes! These can also be made to be kid-friendly and family-friendly for fun meals at home. Here are a few examples from this site:

                      sweetpot

                        This one is a fantastic-looking Sweet Potato, Ricotta, and Arugula Flatbread.

                        tomato

                          The Three Cheese Tomato Tart

                          asparagus

                            Stovetop or Broiler Pizza with Asparagus, Shiitake, and Mozzarella.

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                            grilled

                              Grilled Potato, Gorgonzola, and Prosciutto Pizza.

                              16. Pizza Rollups from DamnDelicious.com.

                              pepperoni

                                I have made these and other similar versions for every super bowl party and game night I have ever thrown or attended! These pepperoni and cheese stuffed crescent rolls are crazy easy, and take only 8-10 minutes in the oven! Other versions I’ve made are: ham slices and cheddar crescent rolls, and even dessert rolls like nutella and mini-marshmallow crescent rolls! These little buttery rolls always catch peoples’ eyes and are a big hit for finger foods!

                                17. Jemma’s PB&J Cupcakes on JamieOliver.com.

                                pbj

                                  So this may seem like more of a dessert, but with the savory peanut butter and the crumble on top, with the jam, these sweet and savory cakes will be a new, amazing, dazzling addition to your party foods. And who wouldn’t want a little dessert before dinner anyway??

                                  Bonus! Kid-Friendly, Adult Approved Easy Party Dessert:

                                  A super simple, no bake, and only 3 ingredient Peppermint Bark! This is one of my personal favorites to make for a fun and simple winter dessert that everyone loves! This is own my recipe:

                                  Makes 1 cookie sheet worth peppermint bark.

                                  -1 12 oz bag of milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips

                                  -1 12 oz bag of white chocolate baking chips

                                  -1 box of regular peppermint candy canes (or about 25-30 of those round white and red peppermints)

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                                  Recipe:

                                  In a microwave safe mixing bowl, melt all of the milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave. It will take about 1 minute to 1 minute and 15 seconds.Stir with baking spatula until smooth.

                                  Pour the melted chocolate onto a cookie sheet that has been covered with a sheet of parchment or wax paper. Use the spatula to spread the chocolate out into a thin sheet covering the pan.

                                  Put the whole thing in the refrigerator for no more than 15 minutes (you want it set but not be completely hardened yet).

                                  Melt the white chocolate in the microwave the same way as before.

                                  Pour the white chocolate on top of the milk chocolate layer, using your spatula to spread it evenly (you may get some mixing of chocolates, that’s fine!).

                                  Throw all of your crushed peppermint right on top of the white chocolate, and use your hands or the spatula to press the mint down into the white chocolate layer.

                                  Put the whole thing in the fridge for an hour or until completely hardened.

                                  Break it up into pieces and dig in!

                                  P.S. For a stronger peppermint taste, you can add 1.5 teaspoons of peppermint extract to one of the melted chocolate layers and mix it in, before spreading it out onto the cookie sheet.

                                  peppermint

                                    Featured photo credit: Jen and David – 218 by Parker Knight via flickr.com

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                                    Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (and What to Do About It)

                                    Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (and What to Do About It)

                                    If you find that you’re feeling tired all the time, it’s important to understand that it’s a common problem for many. With all of the demands of daily life, being tired seems to be the new baseline. In fact, two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week.[1]

                                    If you’re tired of feeling exhausted, then I’ve got some great news for you. New research is helping us gain critical insights into the underlying causes of feeling tired all the time.

                                    In this article, we’ll discuss the latest reasons why you’re so tired and practical steps you can take to finally get to the bottom of your fatigue and feel rested.

                                    What Happens When You’re Too Tired

                                    If you sleep just two hours less than the normal eight hours, you could be as impaired as someone who has consumed up to three beers.[2] And you’ve probably experienced the impact yourself.

                                    Here are some common examples of what happens when you’re feeling tired:[3]

                                    • Trouble focusing because memory and learning functions may be impaired.
                                    • Experience mood swings and an inability to differentiate between what’s important and what’s not.
                                    • Dark circles under your eyes and/or your skin make look dull and lackluster in the short term and over time your skin may get wrinkles and show signs of aging because your body didn’t have time to remove toxins during sleep.
                                    • Finding it more difficult to exercise.
                                    • Immune system may weaken, causing you to pick up infections more easily.
                                    • Overeating because not getting enough sleep activates the body’s endocannabinoids, even when you’re not hungry.
                                    • Metabolism slows down, so what you eat is more likely to be stored as belly fat.

                                    Why Are You Feeling Tired All the Time?

                                    Leading experts are starting to recognize that there are three primary reasons people feel tired on a regular basis: sleep deprivation, fatigue, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

                                    Here’s a quick overview of each common cause of fatigue and feeling tired all of the time:

                                    1. Tiredness occurs from sleep deprivation when you don’t get high-quality sleep consistently. It typically can be solved by changing your routine and getting enough deep, restorative sleep.
                                    2. Fatigue occurs from prolonged sleeplessness, which could be triggered by numerous health problems, such as mental health issues, long-term illness, fibromyalgia, obesity, sleep apnea, or stress. It typically can be improved by changing your lifestyle and using sleep aids or treatments, if recommended by your physician.
                                    3. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a medical condition also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis that occurs from persistent exhaustion that doesn’t go away with sleep.

                                    The exact cause of CFS is not known, but it may be due to problems with the immune system, a bacterial infection, a hormone imbalance, or emotional trauma. It typically involves working with a doctor to rule out other illnesses before diagnosing and treating CFS.[4]

                                    Always consult a physician to get a personal diagnosis about why you are feeling tired, especially if it is a severe condition.

                                    You can learn more about some causes of fatigue in this video:

                                    Feeling Tired Vs Being Fatigued

                                    If lack of quality sleep doesn’t seem to be the root cause for you, then it’s time to explore fatigue as the reason you are frequently feeling tired.

                                    Until recently, tiredness and fatigue were thought to be interchangeable. Leading experts now realize that tiredness and fatigue are different.

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                                    Tiredness is primarily about lack of sleep. However, fatigue is a perceived feeling of being tired that is much more likely to occur in people who have depression, anxiety, or emotional stress and/or are overweight and physically inactive[5].

                                    Symptoms of fatigue include:

                                    • Difficulty concentrating
                                    • Low stamina
                                    • Difficulty sleeping
                                    • Anxiety
                                    • Low motivation

                                    These symptoms may sound similar to those of tiredness, but they usually last longer and are more intense.

                                    Unfortunately, there is no definitive reason why fatigue occurs because it can be a symptom of an emotional or physical illness. However, there are still a number of steps you can take to reduce difficult symptoms by making a few simple lifestyle changes.

                                    How Much Sleep Is Enough?

                                    The number one reason you may feel tired is because of sleep deprivation, which means you are not getting enough high-quality sleep.

                                    Research suggests that most adults need 7 to 9 hours of high-quality, uninterrupted sleep per night[6]. If you’re sleep deprived, the amount of sleep you need increases.

                                    Get the right amount of sleep to stop feeling tired.

                                      The key to quality sleep is being able to get long, uninterrupted sleep cycles throughout the night. It typically takes 90 minutes for you to reach a state of deep REM sleep where your body’s healing crew goes to work.

                                      Ideally, you want to get at least 3 to 4 deep REM sleep cycles in per night. That’s why it’s so important to stay asleep for 7 or more hours.

                                      Research also shows that people who think they can get by on less sleep don’t perform as well as people who get at least seven hours of sleep a night[7]

                                      If you are not getting 7 hours of high-quality sleep regularly, then sleep deprivation is the most likely reason you feel tired all the time. That is actually good news because sleep deprivation is much simpler and easier to address than the other root causes.

                                      It’s also a good idea to rule out sleep deprivation as the reason why you are tired before moving on to the other possibilities, such as fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which may require a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

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                                      4 Simple Changes to Reduce Fatigue

                                      Personally, I’m a big believer in upgrading your lifestyle to uplift your life. I overcame chronic stress and exhaustion by making these four changes to my lifestyle:

                                      1. Eating healthy, home-cooked meals versus microwaving processed foods or eating out
                                      2. Exercising regularly
                                      3. Using stressbusters
                                      4. Creating a bedtime routine to sleep better

                                      After I made the 4 simple changes in my lifestyle, I no longer felt exhausted all of the time.

                                      I was so excited that I wanted to help others replace stress and exhaustion with rest and well-being, too. That’s why I became a Certified Holistic Wellness Coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.

                                      Interestingly enough, I discovered that Dr. Sears recommends a somewhat similar L.E.A.N. lifestyle:

                                      • L is for Lifestyle and means living healthy, including getting enough sleep.
                                      • E is for Exercise and means getting at least 20 minutes of physical activity a day, ideally for six days a week.
                                      • A is for Attitude and means thinking positive and reducing stress whenever possible.
                                      • N is for Nutrition and means emphasizing a right-fat diet, not a low-fat diet.

                                      The L.E.A.N. lifestyle is a scientifically-proven way to reduce fatigue, get to the optimal weight, and to achieve overall wellness.[8]

                                      Living Healthy

                                      Getting enough high-quality sleep every day is the surefire way to help you feel less fatigued, more rested, and better overall.

                                      In fact, if you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body isn’t getting the time it needs to repair itself; meaning that if you are suffering from an illness, it’s far more likely to linger. In fact, long-term sleep deprivation has been linked to an increase in Alzheimer’s later in life[9].

                                      As unlikely as it sounds, though, fatigue can sometimes make it difficult to sleep. That’s why I’d recommend taking a look at your bedtime routine before you go to bed and optimize it based on sleep best practices.

                                      Here are 3 quick and easy tips for creating a pro-sleep bedtime routine:

                                      1. Unplug

                                      Many of us try to unwind by watching TV or doing something on an iPhone or tablet. However, tech can affect your melatonin production due to the blue light that they emit, fooling your body into thinking it’s still daytime. This won’t help you stop feeling tired all the time.

                                      Try to turn off all tech one hour before bed and create a tech-free zone in your bedroom.

                                      2. Unwind

                                      Use the time before bed to do something you find relaxing such as reading a book, listening to soothing music, meditating, or taking an Epsom salt bath.

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                                      3. Get Comfortable

                                      Ensure your bed is comfortable and your room is set up for sleep.

                                      Make sure you room is cool. 60-68 degrees is the ideal temperature for most people to sleep. Also, it’s ideal if your bedroom is dark and there is no noise.

                                      Finally, make sure everything is handled (e.g., laying out tomorrow’s clothes) before you get into your nice, comfy bed. If your mind is still active, write a to-do list to help you fall asleep faster.[10]

                                      This article also offers practical tips to build a bedtime routine: How to Build a Good Bedtime Routine That Makes Your Morning Easier

                                      Exercise

                                      Many people know that exercise is good for them, but they just can’t figure out how to fit it into their busy schedules.

                                      That’s what happened in my case, but when my chronic stress and exhaustion turned into systemic inflammation (which can lead to major diseases like Alzheimer’s), I realized it was time to change my sedentary lifestyle.

                                      I decided to start swimming because it was something I had always loved to do. Find an exercise you love and stick to it to stop feeling tired all the time. Ideally, get a combination of endurance training, strength training, and flexibility training during your daily 20-minute workout.

                                      If you haven’t exercised in a while and have a lot of stress in your life, you may want to give yoga a try as it will increase your flexibility and lower your stress.

                                      Attitude

                                      Stress may be a major reason why you aren’t feeling well all of the time. At least that was the case with me.

                                      When I worked 70 hours per week as a High-Tech Executive, I felt chronically stressed and exhausted, but there was one thing that always worked to help me feel calmer and less fatigued: Breathing.

                                      But not just any old breathing. It was a special form of deep Yogic breathing called the “Long-Exhale Breathing” or “4-7-8 breathing” (or “Pranayama” in Sanskrit).

                                      Here’s how you do Long-Exhale Breathing:

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                                      1. Sit in a comfortable position with your spine straight and your hand on your tummy.
                                      2. Breathe in deeply and slowly from your diaphragm with your mouth closed while you count to 4 (ideally until your stomach feels full of air).
                                      3. Hold your breath while you mentally count to 7 and enjoy the stillness.
                                      4. Breathe out through your mouth with a “ha” sound while you count to 8 (or until your stomach has no more air in it).
                                      5. Pause after you finish your exhale while you notice the sense of wholeness and relaxation from completing one conscious, deep breath.
                                      6. Repeat 3 times, ensuring your exhale is longer than your inhale so you relax your nervous system.

                                      This type of “long-exhale breathing” is scientifically proven to reduce stress.

                                      When your exhale is twice as long as your inhale, it soothes your parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates the relaxation response.[11]

                                      Nutrition

                                      Diet is vital for beating fatigue if you’re feeling tired all the time – after all, food is your main source of energy.

                                      If your diet is poor, then it implies you’re not getting the nutrients you need to sustain healthy energy levels, which may lead to daytime sleepiness.

                                      Eating a diet for fatigue doesn’t need to be complicated or time-consuming though. For most people, it’s just a case of swapping a few unhealthy foods for a few healthier ones, like switching from low-fiber, processed foods to whole, high-fiber foods.

                                      Here’re 9 simple diet swaps you can make today:

                                      1. Replace your morning coffee with Matcha green tea and drink only herbal tea within six hours of bedtime.
                                      2. Add a healthy fat or protein to any carb you eat, especially if you eat before bed.
                                      3. Fill up with fiber, especially green leafy vegetables.
                                      4. Replace refined, processed, low-fiber pastas and grains with zucchini noodles and whole grains such as buckwheat, quinoa, sorghum, oats, amaranth, millet, teff, brown rice, and corn.
                                      5. Swap natural sweeteners for refined sugars, and try to ensure you don’t get more than 25g of sugar a day if you are a woman and 30g of sugar a day if you are a man.
                                      6. Replace ice cream with low-sugar alternatives.
                                      7. Swap omega-6, partially-hydrogenated oils such as corn, palm, sunflower, safflower, cotton, canola and soybean oil for omega-3 oils such as flax, olive, and nut oils.
                                      8. Replace high-sugar yoghurts with low-sugar, dairy-free yoghurts.
                                      9. Swap your sugar-laden soda for sparkling water with a splash of low-sugar juice.

                                      Also, ensure your diet is giving you enough of the daily essential vitamins and minerals. Most of us don’t get enough Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12, Calcium, Iron, and Magnesium. If you are low on any of the above vitamins and minerals, you may experience fatigue and low energy.

                                      That’s why it’s always worth having your doctor check your levels. If you find any of them are low, then try to eat foods rich in them.

                                      Alternatively, you might consider a high-quality multivitamin or specific supplement.

                                      The Bottom Line

                                      If you are tired of feeling tired all the time, then there is tremendous hope.

                                      If you are tired because you are not getting enough high-quality sleep, then the best remedy is a bedtime routine based on sleep best practices. If you are tired because you have stress and fatigue, then the best remedy are four simple lifestyle changes discussed above.

                                      Overall, adopting a healthier lifestyle is the ideal remedy for feeling more rested and energized.

                                      More Tips to Stop Feeling Tired All the Time

                                      Featured photo credit: Cris Saur via unsplash.com

                                      Reference

                                      [1] YouGov: Two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week
                                      [2] National Safety Council: Is Your Company Confronting Workplace Fatigue?
                                      [3] The New York Times: Why Are We So Freaking Tired?
                                      [4] Mayo Clinic: Chronic fatigue syndrome
                                      [5] Very Well Health: Differences Between Sleepiness and Fatigue
                                      [6] Advanced Sleep Medicine Services: NEW Guidelines: How much sleep do you need?
                                      [7] Mayo Clinic: Lack of sleep: Can it make you sick?
                                      [8] Ask Dr. Sears: The L.E.A.N. Lifestyle
                                      [9] National Institute on Aging: Sleep loss encourages spread of toxic Alzheimer’s protein
                                      [10] American Psychological Association: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
                                      [11] Yoga International: Learning to Exhale: 2-to-1 Breathing

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