Healthy Appetizers to Get Your Party Started
With the holidays comes a lot of food, parties, and potential weight gain. But just because you’re celebrating the holidays, it doesn’t mean you have to add on the pounds from all of the food you’ve been eating. If you’re getting ready to throw your annual holiday party or are planning on attending one, but don’t want to serve up a heart attack, try to go the healthy route to get things started. These appetizers are a great start to any holiday party, without the added fat. Your guests will love the taste and love that you’re thinking of them by serving up something a bit on the healthier side before they indulge on the dinner and desserts.
Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Mushrooms
This bite sized snack is the perfect starter to any party. Made with creamy spinach, a ricotta cheese mixture, and white mushrooms, this appetizer is light and fresh for all of your guests. Place them on a serving platter and garnish with some fresh parsley to capture their earthy tones. Get the full recipe at The Busy Baker.
Dilly Cucumber Bites
Cucumber bites are so light and fresh and very low in calories. The best part is that you can make these in minutes! Cucumber slices are topped with a fresh dill cream cheese and yogurt mixture with a cherry tomato on top. They are aesthetically pleasing and a sure crowd pleaser. Get the full recipe at Flying on Jess Fuel.
Cajun Shrimp Guacamole Bites
This appetizer is gluten free and paleo, which just screams healthy. Made from a combination of shrimp cocktail, sweet potatoes, and guacamole, is there any more convincing needed? The cool guacamole counters the spicy cajun shrimp and tops a crispy sweet potato. With just 70 calories a serving, your guests will fall in love. Get the full recipe at Joyful Healthy Eats.
Pistachio & Goat Cheese Apricot Bites
This party appetizer is the next level up from fruits and nuts. The perfect mix of sweet and salty, this snack is made from dried apricots and pistachios and topped with goat cheese and a drizzle of honey. Each bite is a world of flavors and a great starter to any party. Get the full recipe at Flying on Jess Fuel.
Sweet Potato Chips
A healthy twist to chips and dip, this appetizer is great for those who love something sweet and salty. While sweet potatoes are delicious by themselves, this recipe calls for a garlic aioli dipping sauce that puts the recipe over the top. Get the full recipe at Life Tastes Good.
Cauliflower Buffalo Bites
Made with homemade buffalo sauce and a homemade paleo ranch dipping sauce, these buffalo bites are totally worth biting into. Made from cauliflower (NOT meat), this appetizer is a healthy twist to everyone’s favorite buffalo wings from the nearest wing stop. Get the full recipe at The Real Food Dietitians.
Mini Salmon Cakes
Salmon is a great ingredient to add to your table as it is fresh and healthy. Guilty free, these bite sized treats provide a cool taste with a punch as they are made with a sriracha lemon aioli sauce for dipping. Get the full recipe at Taste and See.