The holiday season brings fun and festivity, but can also cause stress for those of us with food restrictions. Whether you will be serving guests or attending Christmas parties, sticking to a low-oxalate diet can seem nearly impossible. Fortunately, by focusing on key low-oxalate ingredients, you can have a flavorful holiday without compromising kidney health. Below, we’ve collected our top 10 low-oxalate Christmas party finger foods to get everyone in good spirits this season.
Cheese and Fruit Tree Platter
Simple, festive, and low-oxalate. Just grab your favorite cheese and low-oxalate fruit and arrange in a Christmas tree pattern. (Look to Pinterest for inspiration.) As a dairy product, cheese carries low levels of oxalate. Low-oxalate fruit for your tree can include apples, apricots, grapes, and cantaloupe.
Mini meatballs made from ground beef and/or pork are a low-oxalate treat, bound to be a hit at any Christmas party. (Most meat is low-oxalate, so this is a good food group to look to when planning your holiday dishes.) The Food Network has an easy mini meatball recipe that uses low-oxalate ingredients.
You’ve heard the classic Christmas song, “chestnuts roasting on an open fire…” Unlike most nuts, chestnuts carry lower levels of oxalate, and roasting them is easy even for beginners. You can follow this quick recipe or read this more in-depth guide to roasting chestnuts.
Pear and Cheese Bites
This is another simple recipe that harnesses the low-oxalate flavor of fruit and cheese. Cut pears into thin segments and top with the cheese of your choice; goat cheese, Camembert, Gouda, or sharp cheddar all create delicious combinations.
Sausage Bites with Mustard
Because this is such a simple snack, almost any type of sausage will work, from chorizo to Andouille to kielbasa. Cook your sausage and slice to bite-sized pieces. Arrange on a plate with toothpicks and small bowls of mustard for dipping.
Bacon plus cheese. What’s not to love? You can pick up fresh mozzarella pre-cut into small spheres at most grocery stores. Cook your bacon to medium-crisp (so that it’s still pliable) and cut strips in half. Then wrap the half-strips around mozzarella and secure with toothpicks. This low-oxalate but high-calorie treat should be enjoyed in moderation.
Broccoli Florets with Blue Cheese Dip
Broccoli is a key ingredient for any low-oxalate diet, because it’s both a healthy green vegetable and a low-oxalate food. However, broccoli on its own isn’t much of a party snack. Pair broccoli florets with this simple blue cheese dip made from low-oxalate ingredients. If you’re not a big fan of broccoli, you can choose other low-oxalate vegetables for dipping, such as cauliflower, celery, or green peppers.
Corn Tortillas and Buffalo Chicken Dip
Put corn chips out with buffalo chicken dip instead of hummus (which is most commonly made with high-oxalate tahini). This dip is simple to make, incredibly yummy, but extremely addicting.
Oysters on the Half-Shell
Oysters are traditional Christmas fare in many parts of the world. Serving them raw on the half-shell will add elegance to your holiday party without excess oxalates.
Caramel Dipped Apple Slices
A classic fall treat, and a favorite among kids. Simply cut apples into segments, dip into caramel sauce, refrigerate until firm, and serve. Using a homemade caramel sauce will ensure that you’re serving a low-oxalate party food with no unknown additives.