10-Healthy Creative Ideas for Appetizers
from your Local Growers.
By Alaina Brandenburger
Hosting a party is a fun way to bond with friends, family and neighbors. But, your spread can easily derail your commitment to healthy eating. Many snacks at parties are packed with fats, sugar, artificial ingredients and more that can add on the pounds.
Additionally, your party may have people in attendance with special food needs, so it is good to have options for everyone. There are a lot of recipes for healthy snacks that don't skimp on flavor and are budget friendly.
Using locally-sourced ingredients that are in season can save you money while satisfying all of your guests. Try these super healthy, delicious recipes out at your party.
Forget the store bought veggie dip and trade it in for this homemade version that uses fresh and dried herbs for robust flavor.
For fruit lovers, a citrus platter is a go-to snack for any party. The key to this party platter lies in the elegance in which you arrange the fruit slices.
No party is complete without guacamole and chips. Larger chunks of avocado make it easy to grab onto with the chip. Lime, onions and garlic add the perfect flavor profile to this party staple.
For guests who prefer savory snacks, this nut mixture will be a hit! It is bursting with flavor while providing a super-healthy dose of protein and can be made ahead of time.
Packed full of protein, these snacks are filling and offer a boost of energy. They will leave any sweet tooth satisfied without the excessive refined sugar.
No party would be complete without Buffalo chicken! This recipe offers a lower fat alternative to traditional dip.
These potato skins are hearty enough to fill up your guests!
With tofu and reduced fat ingredients, this healthier alternative is just as good as traditional artichoke dip. It pairs perfectly with pita chips, baguette slices and a wide variety of veggies.
A simple party favorite—these stuffed mushrooms are sure to be a hit no matter which team wins.
Ditch the high-fat potato chips by switching them out with these “fauxtato chips.” Radishes serve as the perfect substitute, with a subtle flavor that allows the garlic, salt and pepper to really stand out.