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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.

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    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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                                    Last Updated on February 21, 2019

                                    Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

                                    Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

                                    Your brain is the most intricate and powerful organ in your entire body. It’s essentially a super-computer with brain power like a Ferrari.

                                    If you have a Ferrari, would you put cheap gasoline in it? Of course not. You want to put in high-octane performance fuel to get the most out of your investment.

                                    When it comes to the brain, many people are looking for the top foods that will supercharge the brainpower to help focus better, think more clearly and have better brain health.

                                    In this article, we’ll look at the top 9 brain foods that will help create supercharge your brain with energy and health:

                                    1. Salmon

                                    Salmon has long been held as a healthy brain food, but what makes this fish so valuable for your brain health?

                                    It’s important to understand that your brain is primarily made up of fat. Roughly 60% of your brain is fat. One of the most important fats that the brain uses as a building block for healthy brain cells is omega-3’s.

                                    Omega-3’s are essential for building a healthy brain but one of the most important omega-3’s for your brain is DHA. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) forms nearly two-thirds of the omega-3’s found in your brain.[1]

                                    Omega-3’s and DHA in particular help form the protective coating around our neurons. The better quality this coating is, the more efficient and effective our brain cells can work, allowing our brain power to work at full capacity.

                                    Studies have shown that being deficient in DHA can affect normal brain development in children, which is why so many infant formulas and children’s supplements are beginning to include DHA.

                                    Being deficient in DHA as an adult can cause focus and attention problems, mood swings, irritability, fatigue and poor sleep.

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                                    2. Blueberries

                                    Blueberries top the list as one of the most beneficial fruits to maximize your brain health and performance.

                                    Blueberries have some of the highest content of antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, than any other fruit, which helps protect the brain from stress and promote healthy brain aging.

                                    Blueberries antioxidant content also help reduce inflammation, which allows the brain to maintain healthy energy levels.

                                    Blueberries have begun to receive attention for their connection to brain performance.[2] Studies have demonstrated that eating blueberries on a regular basis can not only improve brain health but also brain performance as well including working memory.[3]

                                    Blueberries not only taste great but are low in calories, high in Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese.

                                    3. Turmeric

                                    Turmeric is a very impressive spice that has well-researched and proven to have tremendous benefits for your brain. Turmeric’s main compound that benefits the brain is called curcumin, which is responsible for turmerics bright yellow appearance.

                                    Curcumin has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-cancer properties.[4]

                                    Curcumin increases the production and availability of two important neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, two important neurotransmitters involved with happiness, motivation, pleasure, and reward.

                                    Curcumin has been well documented to have powerful anti-depressive effects. In one study, it was found to be as effective for depression as popular medications such as SSRI’s like Prozac.[5]

                                    Curcumin has also been shown to:

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                                    • Increase blood flow to the brain.[6]
                                    • Increase BDNF production, a powerful stimulator of neuroplasticity.[7]
                                    • Increase DHA availability and synthesis in the brain.[8]
                                    • Increase antioxidant levels in the brain to prevent brain aging and inflammation.[9]

                                    4. Coffee

                                    Coffee is the wonderful elixir of energy that many people cherish every single morning. The biggest reason people drink coffee is to get a dose of caffeine.

                                    Caffeine is a natural neurological stimulant that not only gives you energy but also prevents adenosine, a neurotransmitter involved with feeling tired, from binding in the brain.

                                    Many people are surprised to find that coffee actually contains a large quantity of antioxidants called polyphenols, which are important for reducing inflammation in the brain and keep your brain energized. The antioxidants in coffee also provide a neuroprotective effect, protecting the brain from stress and damage. [R]

                                    Coffee can also:

                                    • Improve alertness and concentration.[10]
                                    • Help with neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease.[11]
                                    • Reduce your risk of depression.[12]
                                    • Improve your memory.
                                    • Provide short-term boost in athletic performance.[13]

                                    5. Broccoli

                                    What was your least favorite food as a kid growing up?

                                    Most likely, broccoli was your answer.

                                    Broccoli may not have been your top choice, but it might be the top choice for your brain.

                                    Broccoli contains a compound called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane has been shown to promote the proliferation and survival of brain cells by reducing inflammation and boosting production of BDNF. It has also been shown to boost neurogenesis, the production of new brain cells.[14]

                                    Broccoli is also loaded with important nutrients Vitamin K and Folate. Vitamin K plays a vital role in protecting brain cells.[15] Folate plays a crucial role in detoxification and reducing inflammation in the brain.

                                    6. Bone broth

                                    Bone broth wasn’t just created to combine with soups, you can actually drink bone broth by itself.

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                                    Drinking bone broth has become one of the biggest trends in the health and wellness industry and for good reason. Bone broth isn’t actually a new thing. Bone broth has been used for centuries as a healing tonic to promote health and longevity.

                                    Much of the nutritional benefits and value of bone broth comes from its substantial vitamin and mineral content. Primarily calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium.

                                    Your gut is called your second brain for a reason. Research continually shows that there is a direct and indirect connection between your gut and your brain. Your gut also houses and stores many important brain compounds involved with optimal brain performance. Therefore the health of your gut is vitally important for your brain health and performance.

                                    Bone broth has become a go-to tool for helping heal the gut and provide the gut with the vital nutrient and resources it needs to heal and perform optimally.

                                    With the vast amounts of nutrients that bone broth contains, it makes the list as a go-to food for your brain health.

                                    Look for high quality, organic bone broth for the best results.

                                    7. Walnuts

                                    Walnuts are one of the top choices of nuts for brain health. Walnuts also look similar to a brain.

                                    Amongst the wide variety of nuts available, walnuts contain the highest amounts of the important omega-3 DHA. DHA, as seen above, is a critical building block for a healthy brain.

                                    Walnuts also contain high amounts of antioxidants, folate, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus, which help to lower inflammation.

                                    Melatonin in walnuts is an important nutrient for regulating your sleep. Having low amounts of melatonin can make it challenging to get good quality sleep and getting poor quality sleep can dramatically impair brain health and performance.

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                                    8. Eggs

                                    For years, eggs were put on the nutritional naughty list; but now, eggs are finally getting the credit they deserve. Eggs can provide a tremendous boost to your brain health and longevity.

                                    Eggs, particularly the yolks, contain a compound called choline. Choline is essential for building the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine plays an important role in mood, memory, and intelligence.

                                    Egg yolks contain some of the highest quantities of choline. This is very important because low levels of choline can lead to low levels of acetylcholine, which in turn can cause increased inflammation, brain fog, difficulty concentrating and fatigue.

                                    9. Dark chocolate

                                    You’re about to love chocolate even more because chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, is great for your brain.

                                    Chocolate boosts levels of endorphins, your brains “feel good” chemicals. This is why you feel so good eating chocolate.[16]

                                    Chocolate also increases blood flow to the brain which can help improve memory, attention, focus, and reaction time.[17]

                                    Dark chocolate contains high levels of magnesium, which has been coined “natures valium” for its ability to calm and relax the brain.

                                    Lastly, dark chocolate has one of the highest antioxidant profiles out of any other food, including popular superfoods like acai berries, blueberries, or pomegranates.[18]

                                    Conclusion

                                    Your brain is a high performing organ and it uses quite a lot of energy, roughly 20% of the bodies energy demands.

                                    In order to maintain a healthy brain, you need the right fuel to ensure that your brain has all the nutrients it needs to perform as well as adapt to the stress of life.

                                    If you want to keep your brain performing well for a lifetime, then you want to make sure you are including as many of these brain health foods as possible.

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                                    Reference

                                    [1] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: DHA Effects in Brain Development and Function
                                    [2] Canadian Science Publishing: Enhanced task-related brain activation and resting perfusion in healthy older adults after chronic blueberry supplementation
                                    [3] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Cognitive effects following acute wild blueberry supplementation in 7- to 10-year-old children.
                                    [4] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin: the Indian solid gold.
                                    [5] Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition.: Turmeric, the Golden Spice
                                    [6] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effect of combined treatment with curcumin and candesartan on ischemic brain damage in mice.
                                    [7] Science Direct: Curcumin reverses the effects of chronic stress on behavior, the HPA axis, BDNF expression and phosphorylation of CREB
                                    [8] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin boosts DHA in the brain: Implications for the prevention of anxiety disorders.
                                    [9] PLOS: A Chemical Analog of Curcumin as an Improved Inhibitor of Amyloid Abeta Oligomerization
                                    [10] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of Caffeine on Cognitive Performance, Mood, and Alertness in Sleep-Deprived Humans
                                    [11] American Academy of Neurology: A Cup of Joe May Help Some Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms
                                    [12] American Academy of Neurology: AAN 65th Annual Meeting Abstract
                                    [13] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of caffeine on the metabolic and catecholamine responses to exercise in 5 and 28 degrees C.
                                    [14] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Hyperammonemia induces glial activation, neuroinflammation and alters neurotransmitter receptors in hippocampus, impairing spatial learning: reversal by sulforaphane
                                    [15] Oxford Academic: Vitamin K and the Nervous System: An Overview of its Actions
                                    [16] Diana L. Walcutt, Ph.D: Chocolate and Mood Disorders
                                    [17] Health Magazine: Chocolate can do good things for your heart, skin and brain
                                    [18] Chemistry Central Journal: Cacao seeds are a “Super Fruit”: A comparative analysis of various fruit powders and products

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