With the Year coming to an end, many people are taking to condo/house parties for their New Years Eve bashes. Here is one of my favorite bite sized snack recipes that packs on some great health benefits and would make a great addition to any party! it is easy to make and great for all the guests.

Ingredients:
1 9-ounce box frozen artichoke hearts
2/3 cup cooked chopped spinach
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
18 thin slices brie

Prep:
Preheat broiler to a medium heat, then prep the artichoke hearts according to package directions. Combine the spinach, lemon pepper and salt in a small bowl. Place each artichoke on a baking sheet, then top with the spinach mixture and place brie on top. Broil until cheese melts for about 2 minutes, then serve!

Health Kick: Artichokes are low in saturated fat and cholesterol. They are rich with a source of fiber, and pack a lot of vitamin A and C. And, they are full of minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, sodium, potassium, manganese and phosphorus. Artichokes are rich with antioxidants, fight cancers, lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and blood pressure, cleans your liver, great for maintaining bone health and they are a vasodilator which helps bring more oxygen to the brain!  And in case you haven’t picked it up yet, for those of you who have one too many drinks at the NYE party, this veggie will help cure your hangover so you can start your New Years with a visit to the gym, like you planned…no excuses this year!

Enjoy this recipe and have a safe new year!

*Thanks to cooking.com for this one!

Dr. Nourus Yacoub

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