These healthy appetizers will let you enjoy any party or gathering guilt-free. You’ll find lighter versions of some of your favorite finger foods as well as some new ones that you’ll quickly put into your party rotation.
You’re hosting a party… or maybe you’re attending one. And as much as you like to have a good time, you also want to stick to your diet. It’s tough when there’s so much delicious food around, isn’t it? The appetizers are especially hard to resist. Everyone’s noshing and mingling, and you want in on the fun, too.
The good news is, with these healthy appetizers, you can mix and mingle without the guilt. In this list, you’ll find healthier versions of some old favorites as well as some new, lighter fare that you just have to try.
The best part is, these recipes are easy to put together. Put on your party hat, and start making some of these crave-worthy finger foods!
HEALTHY APPETIZERS FOR YOUR NEXT PARTY
HEALTHY DIP RECIPES
It just isn’t a party without some dips for your chips, crackers, or veggies. Here are a few amazing choices we’ve found.
Weight Watchers Instant Pot Black Bean Dip: This recipe is low in FreeStyle points, and good thing, too, because it’s totally addictive! It’s a great choice for game day or Cinco de Mayo! (via Life is Sweeter by Design)
Avocado Ranch Dip with Greek Yogurt: This recipe is where ranch dip meets guacamole. You can make it in just five minutes, and it’s great for dipping chips or vegetables, so it’s perfect for any party. (via Two Healthy Kitchens)
Loaded Hummus Dip: You’ll be asked to bring this next-level hummus dip to every party you attend! The roasted veggies, crunchy chickpeas, feta cheese, and warm spices pack loads of flavor into every bite. (via How We Live)
Healthy Taco Dip: Taco dip is a huge hit at parties. You can make yours healthier and lighter by using refried beans instead of meat, light cream cheese, and homemade taco seasoning. You could even cut the fat a little more by using fat-free refried beans if needed. (via Isabel Eats)
HEALTHY SHRIMP APPETIZERS
With all of my shrimp recipes, you know my love for these tasty little things is real. Here are some of our favorite shrimp appetizers.
Cajun Shrimp Cups: Shrimp just make the best appetizers, don’t they? If you like yours with a little kick, these cajun cups are for you. (via Life is Sweeter by Design)
Shrimp Cocktail: This is a simple appetizer that’s not only easy to make, but it’s low in calories and fat. It’s great for elegant or casual gatherings, and everyone loves it! (via Home Cooking Memories)
Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Shrimp: This southwestern-style appetizer is a crowd-pleaser. The avocado and sweet potato add nutritious elements to these tasty bites, and who doesn’t love shrimp? They’re paleo and Whole30 approved! (via Pink Fortitude)
VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN APPETIZERS
Looking for meatless appetizers? Try one of these!
Mini Caprese Avocado Toast: This bite-sized Caprese avocado toast is a yummy, healthy vegetarian appetizer to add to your party rotation. They’re delicious and versatile, and they come together beautifully whenever you need a recipe to impress. (via Erhardts Eat)
Baked Asparagus Fries: These asparagus fries are a healthy alternative to french fries. Not only do you get the nutritious benefits of the asparagus, but these are baked instead of fried to make them lighter. They’re crispy and delicious! (via Damn Delicious)
Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Mini Peppers: These bite-sized stuffed peppers are healthy and tasty. They’re stuffed with a spinach and artichoke filling and topped with a sprinkle of panko crumbs to add some crunch. (via Pizzazzerie)
Caprese Salad Skewers: Make these any time you have guests pop over unexpectedly. With cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, they come together in just a few minutes and are super tasty. (via Reuse Grow Enjoy)
Vegan Jalapeno Poppers: For a vegan appetizer that the whole family will love, make these jalapeno poppers! They’re stuffed with a garlic-herb “cheese” filling and topped with vegan cheddar and panko crumbs for some crunch. (via Crowded Kitchen)
MORE HEALTHY APPETIZERS TO NOSH ON
Roasted Red Pepper and Cucumber Hummus Bites: Crisp cucumber and roasted red peppers are combined with creamy hummus and stuffed into these mini phyllo shells. They’re a great choice for any time of year, but if you’re looking for a healthy appetizer for the holidays, the red and green color combination of the cucumbers and peppers is very fitting. (via Life is Sweeter by Design)
Weight Watchers Chicken Salad Bites: You won’t believe how easy these are to make, thanks to using canned chicken for the chicken salad. You could also use rotisserie chicken or any leftover chicken you have on hand. They’re only one point each! (via Life is Sweeter by Design)
Chicken Zucchini Poppers: Clean eating doesn’t have to be boring! These chicken meatballs are full of flavor and are Paleo and Whole30 friendly. Even if you’re not a fan of zucchini you should try them. You don’t get much of the squash texture or flavor, but they help keep the meatballs juicy and tender. (via One Lovely Life)
Buffalo Chicken Keto Cauliflower Tots: Tailgating food can be healthy. These buffalo tots are guilt-free, but they taste like the guilty pleasure appetizers you order at a restaurant. They’re crispy on the exterior and packed with flavor inside. They’re also low carb, keto, and gluten-free. (via The Soccer Mom Blog)
Weight Watchers Crab Cakes: I don’t know about you, but crab cakes are one of my favorite appetizers! The dill dipping sauce really brings out the flavor in these. Yum! (via Life is Sweeter by Design)
Copycat Totino’s Pizza Rolls: Kids and adults alike love bite-sized pizza rolls. Make this healthier version at home to enjoy guilt-free. They’re vegan and freezer-friendly, so make lots of them to pop into the oven anytime you need a snack. (via Strength & Sunshine)
Easy Smoked Salmon Rollups: Delicious smoked salmon and fresh spinach are rolled up in a lemon dill cream cheese spread to make these quick rollups. If you’re not a fan of dill, you can substitute an herb cream cheese instead. (via Kathryn’s Kitchen)
Paleo Deviled Eggs: Basic deviled eggs are elevated with these 12 flavor combinations that are all paleo-approved. Try sriracha-lime, peppered bacon, chipotle, or one of the other flavor combinations. (via One Lovely Life)
Watermelon Skewers with Prosciutto: These watermelon skewers are drizzled with a balsamic reduction and are the perfect summer appetizers for picnics and other outdoor gatherings. They’re only 2 FreeStyle points per serving! (via Recipes From a Pantry)
Veggie Nachos: These veggie nachos are so much healthier because you sub crispy zucchini for the chips. You can use the meat of your choice, whether that’s ground beef, chicken, or ground turkey. You could even go totally meatless to make them lighter. They’re 4 Freestyle points per serving. Enjoy them guilt-free! (via DIY Candy)
You’ll definitely want to pin this list of healthy appetizers to come back to later.
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