How to Choose the Healthiest Appetizers for a Cocktail Party

Can parties and health really go hand-in-hand? If you plan your party menu in advance, you can provide your guests with healthy options in favorite party hors d’oeuvres, like:

  • Hummus: Hummus is delicious and high in fiber. Bonus points if it’s served with vegetables! Hummus is a great dip to have on plastic folding tables at a party as an alternative to queso or creamy spinach dip.
  • Shrimp Cocktail: Shrimp are naturally delicious and also happen to be low in calories. Even better, you can eat shrimp without a high-calorie dip with just a squeeze of lemon and a side of cocktail sauce.
  • Smoked Salmon: Smoked salmon atop a whole-wheat cracker is simply divine and screams luxury at a cocktail party. Make sure to serve it with lemon juice and capers instead of fatty cream cheese.

Now that you know exactly what it takes to plan a healthy party menu, here are several appetizers to avoid that will only pack on the pounds:

  • Any food wrapped in bacon.
  • Any food stuffed with cheese.
  • Meatballs simmering in a savory sauce.
  • Mixed nuts.
  • Mini pastries, cookies, tarts, or quiches.
  • Pigs in a blanket or any item wrapped in a puff pastry.
  • Spinach-artichoke dip or any other cream-based or cheese dip.
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