Festive canapés and snacks needn’t be high in fat and calories. Our famous foodies share their ultimate festive bites, made with super foods and healthier ingredients.

From nutritionist Amelia Freer’s salmon beetroot toasts to Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain’s spiced pistachio biscotti, these delicious Christmassy bites will help you win at entertaining.

1. The Happy Pear’s no-fry falafels with hummus

These falafel bites are made with fibre-packed chickpeas and cashew nuts. Swap the shop-bought dip for your own colourful hummus, then dig in.

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Photo: Alistair Richardson

2. Amelia Freer’s smoked salmon and buckwheat toasts

Smoked salmon is a must-have for Christmas, plus it’s a great source of protein and omega-3. Serve on top of toasted gluten-free bread so everyone can tuck in.

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3. Ruby Tandoh’s carrot and feta bites with lime yogurt

Try these spicy veggie bites for a lighter option – perfect with this cooling yogurt dip that guests will love.

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4. Madeleine Shaw’s raw chocolate orange bites

These delicious nibbles are made with cacoa butter and raw cacoa powder – a good source of energy-boosting magnesium – and made even more delicious with zesty orange and a pinch of salt.

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Photo: Holly Clark

5. Nadiya Hussain’s spiced biscotti

Instead of mince pies, serve up these Italian biscuits – they’re packed with nuts and dried fruit.

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Photo: Holly Pickering

Want to balance the festive indulgences with healthy habits, too? Read our easy ways to squeeze in exercise during the Christmas rush.

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