Whether you’re in the mood for a snack for yourself or looking for a fun, healthy dish to whip up for your next potluck or dinner party, this list of 9 healthy appetizers has you covered. Just because something is healthy doesn’t mean it can’t be flavorful, and just because something tastes good doesn’t mean it can’t be good for you. These appetizers are all the best of both worlds: yummy and nutritious.
1. Slim Six-Layer Dip
(Recipe from FoodNetwork.com)
Avocados, nonfat Greek yogurt, kidney beans and sharp cheddar are the stars of this dish. There are 290 calories, 10 grams of fiber, and 18 grams of protein in each serving, making this a delightfully filling appetizer. You can use it as a dip for chips or make it even healthier by dipping veggies instead.
2. Spinach-Parmesan Dip
(Recipe from MyRecipes.com)
There are a million unhealthy ways to make this cheesy, creamy dip. Here’s a healthy spin. Instead of loading up on full-fat dairy products, this recipe relies on fat-free yogurt and low-fat cream cheese as the base. At only 63 calories per serving, it will be the hit of the party. Io make it even healthier, skip the chips and serve it with whole grain crackers or crudités instead.
3. Tomato-Basil Skewers
(Recipe from EatingWell.com)
Want to make a quick appetizer that’s only 46 calories per serving? Take a page from the Mediterranean diet and make a fast four-ingredient dish (six if you count salt and pepper). The classic combo of mozzarella, basil, tomato and olive oil will have you and your guests grabbing for seconds on these mini kabobs.
4. Herbed Goat Cheese Bites
(Recipe from MyRecipes.com)
When you’re looking for something a little more decadent but don’t want to go over the top and ruin your diet, these herbed goat cheese bites are a nice compromise. Goat cheese, French bread, sundried tomatoes, and lots of fresh herbs come together to make this a tasty dish. That rich goat cheese flavor is irresistible, and the small baguette bites make this an adorable appetizer to serve at a party.
5. Cumin-Spiced Chickpeas
(Recipe from Health.com)
At only 42 calories per serving, you won’t believe how much flavor is packed into this dish. A recipe that’s low cholesterol, low fat, low sodium, and high fiber, this makes a great snack or party treat. The cumin adds a kick of flavor.
6. Pico de Gallo
(Recipe from AllRecipes.com)
It’s hard to beat a good homemade Pico de Gallo recipe. It’s a great complement to Mexican dishes and is especially popular as a dip for chips. There’s something about the ingredients (fresh tomato, onion, jalapeno, cilantro and garlic) that just screams summertime. Make up a batch and serve it out on the patio on a sunny day.
7. Couscous Caps
(Recipe from TasteOfHome.com)
Forget heavy cheese and breadcrumbs. These mushrooms are filled with a delicious, nutritious couscous stuffing. Each stuffed mushroom is only 26 calories, so set out a plate of 20 of them and let your guests indulge. You'll still get that delicious Parmesan flavor but without any of the heaviness of traditional stuffed mushrooms.
8. Cherry Tomatoes Filled With Creamy Pesto Cheese
(Recipe from RD.com)
This is a dish that no one will know is healthy unless you say so. It’s cheesy, creamy, nutty – and absolutely good for you. There are only 64 calories per serving of these fun, colorful bites. It’s hard to resist a cute mini appetizer, and even harder to resist one that’s both tasty and good for you.