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11 Healthy Party Appetizers

Ditch the Fat, Not the Fun!

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Did you know that overindulging on the weekends can lead to a 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. (Click on each appetizer for a wide selection of healthy recipe options.)

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Bruschetta (45 calories; 2 g fat per piece): 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 for you—they'll be thinner and more uniform.

Smoked salmon mousse (75 calories; 3 g fat per serving): 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.

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

Guacamole (75-80 calories;, 7 g fat per 1/4 cup serving): These dips are full of filling and heart-healthy fats! Increase your vegetable intake by adding extra chopped tomato, onion and bell pepper, plus cucumber.

Shrimp cocktail (10 calories; 0 g fat per shrimp with a tsp of cocktail sauce): Shrimp is lean, and each one has 1 gram of filling protein. Protein takes longer to digest and keeps you fuller, longer.
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A former newspaper reporter, Stepfanie now writes about nutrition, health, fitness and cooking. She is a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher who enjoys running, international travel and all kinds of vegetables. See all of Stepfanie's articles.

Member Comments

  • Yum! These look really good. - 1/1/2014 2:42:44 PM
  • Some really great ideas here... I love the popcorn one as it will keep you busy for a while and I always eat it with chopsticks to make them last longer. - 12/27/2013 9:03:34 PM
  • Super suggestions for the holiday season where almost every gathering involves food. I can bring several of these and eat them instead of other offerings! - 12/21/2013 7:48:45 PM
  • LUPE_SEIN
    There's a typo in the description text for the air-popped popcorn: "1 cup of is low in calories." I think the word "it" is missing. - 8/8/2013 1:32:30 PM
  • Greatly delicious ideas ! - 7/21/2013 9:49:45 AM
  • Love it - 7/6/2013 10:22:15 PM
  • AZURE-SKY
    If you don't want to give up your creamy dips, substitute fat-free yogurt, or fat-free Greek yogurt for the sour cream. I've been doing this for years and nobody has noticed the difference. - 2/5/2012 11:16:37 AM
  • I love hummus with fresh veggies as a snack -- though when making it at home, I always add some tahini (sesame paste)! You can find it at international stores or in the health food aisle of your regular grocery store. I also use 3 or 4 cloves of garlic and some cumin. - 2/5/2011 11:57:35 AM
  • I cant wait to try out these on Sunday. We are going to indulge , but not over indulge, Everything in moderation right? - 2/4/2011 8:21:13 PM
  • Great suggestions and I'll definitely bring along a tray of fruit but sure wish I could get the party hostess to serve something somewhat healthy! My tray will be the ONLY healthy thing there! - 2/5/2010 11:26:53 AM
  • Some great suggestions...I thought deviled eggs would be off limits, but it's nice to know that with a couple of healthy swaps in my recipe they are still do able! - 1/15/2010 5:20:50 PM
  • WISEWIFE
    Mostly the same old same old, low cal high carb is not healthy for everyone. Most of those would do nasty things to my blood glucose numbers. I'll stick to my foods, and leave the hummus ( for example) alone.
    WW - 11/8/2009 11:31:26 AM
  • Great suggestions... would also make some good snacks. - 2/19/2009 8:57:32 AM
  • These are GREAT. Thanks. - 1/27/2009 7:17:06 PM
  • Great info It's pretty easy to get a weeks worth of calories in a superbowl weekend.
    Than you - 1/27/2009 11:19:29 AM

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