By Alina Gonzalez
Updated December 17, 2014
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Come January, everyone will be tackling health and fitness resolutions head-on. We thought we'd help you get a head start on those goals with five of the easiest, healthiest appetizers ever. Make these simple snacks to serve at any holiday soirees you may be hosting, or bring them as your contribution to parties you’re attending. You and your waistline will be so happy you bookmarked these ideas!

1. Roasted Edamame with Parmesan

This single-ingredient appetizer is as easy and healthy as they come. Crispy edamame, topped with a sprinkling of shredded parmesan, is packed with protein and flavor so you'll stay fuller longer while satisfying your salty craving.

2. Butternut Squash Crostini with Cranberries

This simple, seasonal crostini involves the sweet and savory combination of roasted butternut squash with creamy goat cheese, dried cranberries, and rosemary.

3. Individual Crudite with White Bean Hummus

You can't get a more visually pleasing and healthy appetizer than individual crudite cups filled with white bean hummus. It's vegan to boot.

4. Eggplant Bruschetta

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For a heartier, but just as healthy, take on bruschetta, swap tomatoes for grilled eggplant. Or, lose the bread altogether and let the eggplant medallions be your canvas. Less calories, more antioxidants, and just as delicious.

5. Garlic Jalapeño Whipped Feta Dip with Veggies

The kick of jalapeño peppers is cut by the smooth and creamy mix of feta in this insanely delicious, seven-minute dip.