11 Healthy Party Appetizers

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Did you know that overindulging on the weekends can lead to weight gain of nine pounds a year?

To stay on track and still have fun with friends and family, serve some of these healthier party foods.


Bruschetta: Traditionally, this starter is made with thin slices of toasted bread rubbed with garlic and topped with tomato and basil. Get whole wheat or multigrain baguettes from the bakery. Have them slice the bread--it'll be thinner and more uniform. 45 calories; 2 g fat per piece

Smoked salmon mousse: In a food processor, mix 6 ounces smoked salmon with light cream cheese, some dill, lemon zest and juice, and a handful of capers. Mix until creamy, then spread on sliced baguettes and top with a thin slice of English cucumber. 75 calories; 3 g fat

Salsa: Jarred or homemade, spicy or mild, this is a no-fail appetizer. Serve it with baked or whole-grain chips, vegetables or pita chips. 50-75 calories a cup

Guacamole: Full of heart-healthy fats, increase your vegetable intake by adding extra chopped tomato, onion and bell pepper, plus cucumber. 75-80 calories, 7 grams of healthy fat per 1/4 cup serving

Shrimp cocktail: Shrimp is lean, and each one has 1 gram of filling protein. Protein takes longer to digest and keeps you fuller, longer. 10 calories, no fat per shrimp with a teaspoon of cocktail sauce.

Lighten up your dip: Skip the chips or serve baked ones. Opt for pretzels, pita crisps, baked crackers, etc. Better yet: Dip vegetables. Use low-fat yogurt, mayo or sour cream in place of full fat. One cup of lower-fat sour cream will provide all the flavor and texture of mayonnaise but cut 1,300 calories and 150 grams of fat. Love spinach and artichoke dip? Try my lighter version.

Hummus or baba ghanoush: Chickpeas are filling, thanks to the protein and fiber in them. Make a simple dip at home with a couple of cans of drained and rinsed chickpeas. Add juice from a lemon, a couple of roasted red peppers and a clove of garlic. Mix in a food processor until creamy. For baba ghanoush, halve an eggplant and spritz with olive oil, then roast at 425 degrees until the flesh is charred and tender, about 25-30 minutes. Let cool, then scrape flesh into a bowl, mix with lemon juice and a couple of cloves of garlic. Drizzle with olive oil. 50 calories, 3 g fat per 2 tablespoons

Chicken kabobs: Toss chicken chunks in a light marinade, then broil until crispy and cooked through. Serve on toothpicks. Thread 1 ounce strips of chicken onto skewers cut in half. Serve with peanut sauce, low-sodium teriyaki or even light ranch dressing. Great alternative to meatballs! 30 calories, no fat, 6.5 g protein per ounce of chicken

Popcorn: Popcorn is a whole grain, and 1 cup of airpopped popcorn has just 30 calories. Spritz with nonstick spray, then sprinkle on oregano, black pepper and parmesan cheese.

Fruit and cheese: Skip the crackers and serve cheese with fruit instead. Cheese is full of calcium and protein, and the fruit helps bring out its flavor. 115 calories, 7 g fat in one ounce of cheddar cheese (pair of dice). Swap low-fat for full-fat cheese.

Deviled eggs: Halve the mayo in the recipe to save calories. These are another filling, healthy treat. Instead of your typical filling, try hummus, salsa, or even that smoked salmon mousse. It sounds strange, but it will look gourmet. 65 calories, 3 g fat per half of an egg.

Want to find out how to slim down your favorite party foods? Check out this article.

What healthy dish do you serve at parties?

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Comments

NASFKAB 9/9/2019
Great ideas Report
CECELW 7/19/2019
brushetta...love it! Report
FISHGUT3 5/11/2019
thanks Report
BUDDHAWOMAN0
Like all the ideas Report
Great advice Report
KMILLER31
Thanks for the healthy recommendations Report
Great foods. Report
great info Report
nice ideas Report
Delicious Report
DIANE2110
I love this and I will keep it handy. Thanks for sharing. : ) Report
I LOVE it! Thanks for sharing! :) Report
HEARTOGLASS
I prepare a similar Salmon Mousse and simply serve it right on the cucumber slices. I have not made it in a while-thanks for the nudge..... Report
THIS IS GREAT DIDN'T THINK SOME OF THOSE THINGS WE COULD HAVE THANKS Report
SLAVEBLUERAVEN
I like these ideas. I'll see if I can incorporate any of them into my mother's Christmas menu. Report
I loooooove apple slices & bleu cheese. I think I'll put in a request for them as an appetizer on Thanksgiving, as opposed to crackers & dip. Report
All of these sound so yummy, can we all come to your next party? :) Report
great tips thanks !!! Report
Love these ideas - thanks! Report
Thanks for the great ideas. Report
For the dip, try plain yogurt with uncle dan's packaged ranch dip. I know its from WW, my mom got the recipe from them when she was on it. My brother and I loved then and now, but we'd always gobbled up our yogurt portion, then we'd try to steal hers. I couldnt quite figure out why she wouldn't share when I was 6. Report
These sound like great ideas for the whole year!! Report
merry christmas to all. Report
Love most of these -- though they don't always love me back (ha ha) Cheese & fruit and bruschetta top my list, but I'm tempted to try the salmon mousse. Report
Merry Christmas. Report
Thanks so much for the GREAT TIPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Merry Merry Christmas Report
Thanks so much for the tips! Report
SNOEBUD
Great ideas Thank you Report
These ideas sound great! Thanks! Report
This is great I have bring some party appetizers for a party tonight. Thanks for the ideas. Report
Always serve freshraw veggies & homemade dips also fresh fruits made into salads. Report
Good alternatives to the usual plate of veggies! I've already found (and made) some of them through SparkRecipes.

QUESTION: I don't know how you figured the calorie count on "Lighten Up Your Dip." The blog states: "One cup of lower-fat sour cream will provide all the flavor and texture of mayonnaise, but cut 1,300 calories and 150 grams of fat." The nutrition tracker has one cup mayo at 917 cals, and reduced fat sour cream at 327 cals - even fat free sour cream is 233 cals. Can you clarify this for me? Thanks.

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BETHPROVERBS31
These are great ideas....I like them all except the shrimp as we don't eat shellfish in our household. The spinach-artichoke dip is yummy! Report
What wonder ideas, everything sounds delicious........... Report
These all sound great! I like to bring low calorie stuffed cherry tomatoes. They are little cherry tomatoes stuffed w/ fat free mayo, bacon, green onions, parsley, celery and parmesan cheese. They are only 38 calories for 2 tomatoes! The recipe is posted on SparkRecipes.com. Report
Hummus is the best! Report
MSANGIE519
The chicken kabobs sound great. I will definitely be trying them soon. Report
Fabulous blog!

I think I'll try making some hummus. Report
With me when we go to a pot luck aprty it's usually Veggie trays but i am going to try this Smoked Salmon Mouse on Baguette. It sounds wonderful. Report
Great I will try it and see if my family like will like them. Report
TEXANBUTTERFLY
I love all these low calorie recipes!! It really helps for snacking ideas :) Report
Great ideas for the deviled eggs. Don't forget the parsley or other greenery to decorate, it really makes a big difference. I also use the heart healthy mayo. Report