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See in the New Year with the healthy alternative; HEART HEALTH.

CHRISTMAS may have come and gone, but there is still time to squeeze in another party to catch up with those you may have missed and get the new year off to a stylish and cheerful start. You don't have to go all out with another big dinner, why not try some quick healthy snacks instead.

Dips are a great party food and can be packed full of nutrients. Avocados are rich in heart-friendly monounsaturated fat, fibre, vitamins and potassium for guacamole. Mash with low-fat yoghurt, lime juice, coriander, chopped cherry tomatoes and maybe even a little chilli sauce to make a flavour-rich concoction.

Easy hummus made from tinned chickpeas, a spoonful of sesame oil and lemon juice.

Cool raita made using low-fat yoghurt, grated cucumber and chopped mint. Chop up plenty of raw vegetables in all the colours of the rainbow, as well as strips of naan and pitta bread.

Make your own canapes with slices of olive ciabatta bread, pumpernickel and multi-seed bread topped with fromage frais, cucumber and ground pepper; smoked salmon and low-fat cream cheese, or prawns, hard-boiled egg or turkey combined with low-fat mayonnaise and lemon juice, herbs and even a sprinkle of curry spice.

Scatter bowls of heart-healthy unsalted almonds, cashew, pistachio and dried fruit around the room for those with the munchies.

Serve up plenty of non-alcoholic drinks like pure berry-based or tropical fruit juices mixed with low sugar lemonade for those who are driving or those who want to limit their alcohol intake. Combine flavours into a tasty non-alcoholic punch packed with berries to help guests pace their drinking and avoid a hangover.

Singing and dancing is a great way to have fun, relieve stress and burn some calories.

Make your New Year's Eve party one to remember and kickstart 2013 celebrating with all your friends and family the healthy-heart way.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 31, 2012
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