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10 Healthy Party Food Makeovers Slideshow


1. Pigs in a Blanket

They're easy to prepare for a crowd, and even easier to down. But with a whopping 22 grams of fat (and 310 calories) for just four morsels, you're better off with something else. Try broiling or grilling mini chicken-apple sausages instead. Five links will set you back only 110 calories and 8 grams of fat — leaving room for a honey mustard dipping sauce, if you'd like.

2. Onion Dip and Potato Chips

Grabbing a bag of your favorite potato chips and jar of French onion dip when expecting guests is an easy solution when you're in a crunch, but it won't keep rumbling tummies full for long. Swap out that handful of potato chips for nine baby carrot sticks, and you'll save 7 grams of fat and nearly 100 calories, and gain a lot more fiber and nutrients. You just might be able to keep that bowl of ranch dressing for dipping (just don't overdo it).

3. Chips and Salsa

This party favorite may seem innocuous, even virtuous, when served with salsa rather than guacamole. But if you're craving crunch and salt, wouldn't you be better off with three cups of air-popped popcorn? Compared to one cup of tortilla chips, three cups of popcorn will save you nearly 200 grams of sodium and 100 calories, and fill you up a lot more than those chips will. Even adding some zip to those kernels with a dusting of cayenne and brown sugar, or a drizzle of hot sauce and salt, won't even set you back far.

4. Baked Brie

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It's easy to make, and even easier to devour when spoonfuls of the molten cheese sit atop a cracker or piece of toast ready for the taking. But with nearly 100 calories and 5 grams of saturated fat per ounce, it's not the wisest choice. Instead, top that toasted baguette slice with a tablespoon of fat-free fromage blanc and an ounce of smoked salmon for half the calories and saturated fat.

5. Buffalo Wings

They're a game day favorite, especially when paired with a rich and pungent blue cheese dressing. But when six wings will set you back 440 calories and 26 grams of fat (not even counting the dip), you're better off serving up broiled chicken skewers (210 calories, 2 grams fat) and peanut sauce for dipping.

6. Potato Skins with Sour Cream and Cheese

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Whether you reach for the beer or wine, it's hard to beat still-warm potato wedges stuffed with rich bacon-Cheddar filling, and baked until the skin is just crisp. Instead, save yourself more than 50 calories and 7 grams of fat by swapping those fried skins for baked sweet potato fries, seasoned with salt and a pinch of cayenne, perhaps with a spicy crème fraîche sauce for dipping.

7. Crab Cakes

These one-bite cocktail party favorites might seem harmless — after all, they're made with a bunch of crabmeat — but they're packed with a dose of breadcrumbs and mayonnaise for a binder.

Have a hankering for seafood? Forgo those four mini crab cakes and save nearly 110 calories and 10 grams of fat by instead opting for about six cooked shrimp dipped in cocktail sauce. Your waist will thank you.

8. Pizza Bites

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For many, pizza is the ultimate comfort food — salty cheese, sweet tomato sauce, and just enough carbohydrates to soak up all that alcohol. But choosing those three two-bite pieces of cheese pizza rather than crisp garlic toasts topped with a tomato bruschetta topping will set you back an additional 170 calories and 3 grams of fat. Are they really worth it?

9. Mini Egg Rolls

Fried until crisp and served with a fruity dipping sauce, this cocktail party favorite is hard to resist, especially one glass in. Yet, they're loaded with 9 grams of fat. Instead of indulging, keep your mouth busy with something equally crunchy but with nearly no fat, like these vegetable-filled summer rolls made with rice paper wrappers and stuffed with nutritious vegetables.

10. Nachos

Crisp tortilla chips topped with salty, gooey cheese, chopped jalapeños, diced tomato, and salty olives. Hungry yet? Nachos may be a party favorite, but opting for six pieces of salmon sushi rather than that handful of cheesy nachos will save you nearly 200 calories and over 17 grams of fat. 'Nough said.


40 Easy, Healthy Appetizers That Are Delicious and Filling

These better-for-you bites will help you feel good without sacrificing flavor.

Party time can totally blow your diet out the window, but not if your menu includes one of these quick, healthy appetizers to keep things in check. Whether you&rsquore looking for the best healthy appetizers for a gathering, or just want to curtail your weeknight pre-dinner noshing, these better-for-you bites will help you feel good without sacrificing flavor. With delicious flatbreads and dips, salads and hors d&rsquooeuvres, healthy doesn&rsquot have to mean bland!

The idea is pretty easy: Keep the finger food light by focusing on veggie-packed small portions, then add in flavor in the form of herbs and spices so your diet goals can stay on track while you enjoy one or two of these apps before the main meal. And make sure to also practice mindful eating: Surrounding yourself with friends and family helps you focus on the conversation instead of stuffing your face. We call that a win-win!


15 Best Pool Party Snacks

So you've selected the cutest swimsuit, ticked off your essential list of sunscreen, sunglasses, a fun book, and a fluffy towel, and are blessed with blistering temps and bright, clear skies. All set for an afternoon at the pool, right? But what happens when hunger strikes? Being wet and sun-woozy isn't exactly ideal for making last-minute dashes to the kitchen.

That's where this selection of tasty pool snacks comes in. With just a little bit of advanced planning, you'll have enough tasty nibbles, thirst-quenching beverages, and even indulgent desserts to last all day. So from the time the sun comes up, to the time it winds down, you'll barely have to budge from your lounge chair! Browse this full collection of pool snacks to find just the ones you want for your day by the water.


This low-fat spinach and artichoke dip is just as creamy and cheesy as the full-fat version! Serve it with raw veggies or baked chips at your next potluck.

66 calories, 4 grams of fat per serving

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NB: these healthy party food ideas are all vegetarian.

Savoury healthy party food ideas

1. Butternut squash cheese straws

Use ready made puff pastry to make these easy cheese straws and add a portion of butternut squash to add a bit of extra veggie goodness. Get the recipe.

2. Skewers with avocado, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and basil

Chop the tomatoes in half and watch out for the pointy ends if serving these to little kids. See these and more lovely ideas from Feeding Little Monkeys over on her Instagram account.

3. Courgette pizza bites

A gorgeous way of making pizza a lot healthier from the talented Eats Amazing.

4. Sunny picnic quiches

I love these mini quiches from Fab Food 4 All.

5. Baby friendly hummus

Chop up some sticks of carrot, peppers and cucumber or serve with breadsticks for dipping. My hummus recipe is salt free, making it perfect for kids of all sizes.

6. Mini pepper boats

A creative and fun way to serve up peppers by Eats Amazing.

7. Guacamole

My guacamole recipe is easy to adapt. Depending on the age of the kids and their tastes you can leave out the chilli and salt and either leave this chunky or blend it up until it's smooth.

8. Cheesy breadsticks

Delicious homemade breadsticks by Everyday Healthy Recipes.

Sweet healthy kids party food ideas

9. Healthy first birthday cake

This gorgeous cake from Healthy Little Foodies makes the perfect party centrepiece yet it's full of goodness and is sweetened only with fruit. Get the recipe.

10. Watermelon doughnuts

A gorgeous and creative way to make fruit the star of your party by Fork and Beans.

11. Chocolate coconut dipped satsumas

Jazz up a simple satsuma with this gorgeous recipe from My Fussy Eater.

12. Fruit sweetened chocolate cherry muffins

Chocolate muffins with a difference - these are naturally sweetened and packed full of goodness. Recipe by Tiny Tummy Tales.

13. Raw chocolate brownie cake pops

No kid will be able to resist one of these healthy cake pops. Made with dates and nuts, the only added refined sugar is what you choose to coat them in. Use coconut for a healthier option. Get the recipe.

14. Pumpkin muffins with sweet potato frosting

Sweetened with fruit, these pumpkin muffins with sweet potato frosting are a great choice for little ones.

15. Melon ship

Get creative with fruit - see this and other ideas for a healthy pirate party over at More Than Just Carrots. Chop grapes in half for toddlers.

16. Chocolate dipped fruit cones

The prettiest way to serve up fruit from My Fussy Eater. Chop grapes in half for toddlers.

17. Rainbow fruit skewers

These gorgeous rainbow fruit skewers by Eats Amazing would be perfect for any kids party. You could even get the kids to make these themselves as part of the party games. If serving to small children chop the grapes in half lengthways.

18. Ginger biscuits with passionfruit icing

Biscuit decorating is always popular at a party and if you use these healthy homemade ginger biscuits you can keep the sugar consumption to a minimum. Get the recipe.

19. Homemade raspberry chia jam tarts

Gorgeous jam tarts made with wholemeal spelt pastry and filled with raspberry chia jam. No refined sugar. Get the recipe.

20. Chocolate cherry smoothie

Don't forget the drinks! These chocolate cherry smoothies by Tiny Tummy Tales look divine - and you can turn any leftovers into ice lollies.

If you're looking for more tips and ideas for your birthday party - in particular how to do it without breaking the bank - check out this post by Kidgredients.


15 Healthy Appetizers You Can Whip Up Fast

Treat your guests to these starters and hor d'oeuvres that pack flavor&mdashnot calories. Here you'll find light and easy recipes for parties, family gatherings, holidays, and more.

Save these healthy appetizer recipes for later by pinning this image, and follow Country Living on Pinterest for more.

Serve something on a stick. No, really! Humans are hard-wired to enjoy food on a stick.

The flavors of the Mediterranean come together with a combination of spinach, feta cheese, and fresh dill.

Who needs chips when you can load zucchini slices with shredded chicken, cheese, avocado, pico de gallo, and pickled jalapeños?

Get the recipe at Delish.

Antioxidant-loaded beets instantly turn little toasts into colorful party food.

Get the recipe at Woman's Day.

Lox and a dollop of sour cream on bite-size bagel chips make the perfect combination.

Get the recipe at Good Housekeeping.

Take the carbs out of the sushi with these handheld cucumber bites.

Get the recipe at Delish.

Bring out this salsa alternative made with feta cheese, fresh tomatoes, avocado chunks, vinaigrette, and herbs.

Get the recipe at Gather For Bread.

Make your salad portable and easy to eat by serving it on skewers.

Get the recipe at Delish.

Crunchy veggies, whole wheat noodles, fresh herbs, and lightly sautéed shrimp make for a light spring roll.

Get the recipe at Watch What U Eat.

Add some fruit to your hor d'oeuvres spread with elegant stuffed figs.

Get the recipe at Happy Kitchen. Rocks.

Fiber-rich potatoes are even more fun to eat when they're served in tater tot form.

Get the recipe at SweetAsHoney.

Turn your favorite spinach artichoke dip into a healthy, whole grain finger food with this simple recipe .

These baked zucchini slices just as crunchy as a potato chip, but they're only 40 calories a serving!

Get the recipe at Sugar-Free Mom.

This protein-packed dip has a spicy kick to it thanks to jalapeño-infused olive oil. Serve it with lighter baked tortilla chips.

Serve this veggie "meatball" with a side of marinara sauce to satisfy any vegetarians in the group.


5. Southwestern Egg Scramble

Eggs are great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This scramble is so easy and flavorful you'll be putting it in your rotation for all three meals. The Southwestern spices give the plate an extra flavor boost that'll excite your taste buds and keep "healthy" interesting.

Recipe & Nutritional Info: Southwestern Egg Scramble

Eggs are great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This scramble is so easy and flavorful you'll be putting it in your rotation for all three meals. The Southwestern spices give the plate an extra flavor boost that'll excite your taste buds and keep "healthy" interesting.

Recipe & Nutritional Info: Southwestern Egg Scramble


Hide the good stuff

Healthy dips in different colours and flavours. Sweet or savoury dips are a great way to incorporate “the good stuff” into kids’ tummies. Classics like houmous, butter bean, avocado (this guacamole recipe is the perfect way to serve this) and tomato salsa are all great options.

You can also forget the processed sandwich fillings and go with avocado, tomato, and hummus. Nut butters flavoured with cacao, vanilla, caramelised banana or the classic marmalade are all also healthier options than the ones brimming with saturated fats.

If you have kids with allergies coming make sure you label things that might contain allergens like nuts, dairy, etc – you can even make cute labels that you place next to such food items.

For more healthy party food ideas, check out these beautiful healthy snacks for kids from the Happy Pear.

About the author

Bettina Campolucci-Bordi lives in Marbella, Spain, and is a chef and blogger specialising in plant-based food free of sugar and gluten. Besides being a full-time mum, she also writes a blog, Bettina's Kitchen, which is filled with recipes and her travels. As part of her job she runs cooking workshops on finding solutions to the most common allergens. You can also find Bettina on Instagram.


25 Easy Finger Food Ideas for Your Next Big Party

These bite-sized apps are perfect for entertaining family and friends.

Whoever said it's improper to eat with your hands never chowed down on juicy Buffalo chicken wings. Sure, we love a filling and satisfying main dish as much as the next person, but these petite hors d'oeuvres are best eaten in one delicious bite. Whether you want to buy some time with your guests while your main meal is still in the oven or it's game day and you&rsquore letting the snacks steal the show, these foods will have you thinking about throwing out your forks and knives altogether.

From crispy tartines for a formal affair to pretzel bites with creamy beer cheese for a last-minute snack, there's a dish for every type of gathering. Remember, it&rsquos best to prevent hanger before it begins. So, for the next time you have people over, take your party to the next level with one of these finger food ideas. Careful, they're so good that you might just fill up on appetizers!


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