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11 Healthy Party Appetizers

Ditch the Fat, Not the Fun!


Hummus (50 calories; 3 g fat per 2 tablespoons): 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.

Baba Ghanoush (70 calories; 2 g fat per serving): 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.

Chicken kabobs (30 calories; 0 g fat; 6.5 g protein per ounce of chicken): This is a great alternative to meatballs! 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.
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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

  • g and all.. but I wish there was a "oor Man's" version - 9/30/2015 2:27:04 PM
  • Love these. Will have to make some and take them to work to help with my afternoon munchies. - 5/31/2015 7:30:50 PM
  • Yummy! I don't want to be left out of Superbowl snacking. I have stocked up on bottled water, apples and mini rice cakes. This list has given me a whole new spin, I'm gonna have a delicious and very colorful spread come Sunday. - 1/26/2015 11:48:03 PM
    love these recipe. - 10/23/2014 9:28:40 AM
    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
    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
  • 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

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