2 Easy Low-Calorie Appetizers

It's 5 p.m. You're slammed at work and running late to your friend's get together. Not only are you panicked about meeting your work deadline, you're also stressed about what to bring to this dinner party that you're not so happy to attend. Don't stress or worry. These two appetizers will take a few minutes to make and are easy to transport.

Bringing a healthy appetizer is a sure way to ensure that you'll eat something nutritious that won't sabotage your training plan. Most appetizers are loaded with unhealthy trans fats, preservatives and other artificial ingredients that don't belong in the human body. Plus, unhealthy ingredients can make you feel sluggish when you set out for your 6-mile training run the next day.

Fuel right and feed your body with nutrient-rich appetizers that will satisfy everyone's belly.

Guacamole

Fresh avocados are loaded with vitamins and phytochemicals that athletes need for energy boosters and to recover quickly. One avocado contains 50 calories and has nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, according to the California Avocado Commission.

Instead of buying a pre-package guacamole container that's filled with preservatives, pick up a few avocados the night before your big event and whip together this easy recipe; it takes less than 10 minutes to make.

Ingredients:

  • 4 organic avocados
  • 1 bunch of organic cilantro
  • 1 organic shallot
  • 1 organic red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 organic garlic clove, diced
  • Organic cumin powder
  • 1 organic lime
  • Sea salt
  • Organic black pepper

Directions:

Slice the avocados, scoop into a medium-sized bowl, and smash together with a fork. With scissors chop up 1/3-cup cilantro and add to the smashed avocados. Chop ?-cup shallot, 2 tablespoons of garlic and 1/4 cup of red onion (adjust to your taste). Add to the avocado and cilantro mixture.

Slice the lime in half and squeeze into bowl. Add 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt, 2 teaspoons of cumin powder and a dash of black pepper. Mix all together well.

Serve with organic blue corn chips and fresh cut up veggies.

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Cauliflower Pizza Bites

Serves 8 to 10, but depends on the size of the cauliflower head

Cauliflower is packed with vitamins and minerals that help prevent diabetes and cancer and boosts the immune system. Cauliflower is also loaded with potassium, which athletes need for electrolytes and energy. And one cup of cauliflower is only 29 calories.

Packed with nutrients to help boost your training and flavor that will please your tastebuds, this recipe will impress your guests and leave them craving more.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head organic cauliflower, grated
  • 2 pastured eggs
  • 1 cup organic full-fat yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon dried organic oregano
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon organic chopped (fresh) garlic

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and lightly grease a 12-cup cupcake tin with coconut oil.

Either grate or add the cauliflower to a food processor and pulse until grain-like. Place the cauliflower flour in the center of a thin towel. Fold the edges of the towel to the center and grip them with your hand while you use your other hand to wring out the excess water. Add the cauliflower to a large bowl and mix with the remaining ingredients.

Scoop into the cupcake tins, rising as far up the height of each one according to your size preference. Cook for 25 minutes or until firm and the tops have brown. Cool slightly and serve with your favorite warm tomato marinara sauce. You can also enjoy these cauliflower pizza bites at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from Organic Authority.

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About the Author

Sarah Stanley

Sarah Stanley is a wellness educator, ultramarathoner, endurance athlete, speaker, business consultant, and founder of #wellnesschat. Passionate about authentic healthy living, Sarah lives what she speaks about, practicing an organic, whole foods, plant-based lifestyle that fuels her ultrarunning adventures. Her goal is to empower others to be knowledgeable about what they put in and on their body so they can live a healthy, disease-free and happy life. She's been featured in SELF, SHAPE, Ladies' Home Journal and Washingtonian. Connect with Sarah on Twitter @SarahStanley.

Sarah Stanley is a wellness educator, ultramarathoner, endurance athlete, speaker, business consultant, and founder of #wellnesschat. Passionate about authentic healthy living, Sarah lives what she speaks about, practicing an organic, whole foods, plant-based lifestyle that fuels her ultrarunning adventures. Her goal is to empower others to be knowledgeable about what they put in and on their body so they can live a healthy, disease-free and happy life. She's been featured in SELF, SHAPE, Ladies' Home Journal and Washingtonian. Connect with Sarah on Twitter @SarahStanley.

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