38 Healthy Party Appetizers to Help Ring In the New Year
New Year’s Eve is the perfect excuse for socializing with snacks. Chips and dip are often the high-calorie usual| but these 38 recipes are low in calories and full of flavor. From vegan bites to protein-packed dips| these appetizers make it easy to create a satisfying menu minus the guilt. With a few simple swaps u2014 like opting to bake (not fry) u2014 you’re sure to be the most appreciated party host!
| Prosciutto-Wrapped Figs
Don’t worry about bready crostini| and enjoy simple and elegant prosciutto-wrapped figs drizzled with balsamic vinegar.
| Spicy Black Bean Hummus
A twist on traditional hummus| this dip is made with black beans instead| which contain more fiber than chickpeas. Serve yours with whole-wheat crackers| tortilla chips| or veggies u2014 a two-tablespoon serving is 43 calories.
| Edamame and Pear Crostini
Wow your friends with these slightly sweet and refreshing edamame bites. Since they’re only 62 calories per serving| you can have more than one!
| Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
With fewer than 155 calories per serving (including the creamy and spicy chipotle-pepper dip!) and lots of vitamin A| these crisp and satisfying wedges are perfect to bake up the next time you’re jonesing for some french-fried goodness.
| Sweet Potato Chips
These potato chips are baked| not fried| and because they’re made with sweet potatoes| they’re also a crunchy way to get your daily dose of vitamin A.
| Zucchini Boats
Creamy zucchini boats are the ideal low-carb and low-cal appetizer. This satisfying squash offering is just 25 calories per serving.
| Roasted Tomato Hummus
Whip up a batch of roasted tomato hummus u2014 you’ll love it so much that you’ll be making it at every party you host.
| Baked Mozzarella Sticks
Forget the fryer; opt for baked mozzarella sticks for your next party. Add a little fresh tomato sauce to the side| and you’ve cooked up gooey goodness at a fraction of the calories.
| Low-Fat Guacamole
It’s hard to have any sort of party spread without guacamole. Made the traditional way| it’s pretty great given that its main ingredient is heart-healthy| fiber-filled avocado| but there can be too much of a good thing.
If guacamole is your kryptonite| make this low-fat| high-protein version instead. The recipe relies on fewer avocados but still retains its creamy goodness through protein-rich Greek yogurt.
| Kale Chips
Much healthier than a big ol’ bowl of greasy Lays| these kale chips take about 30 minutes to crisp up in the oven. Make them ahead of time and I guarantee you won’t have a single chip left.
| Green Goddess Hummus
Supercreamy and light| this green goddess hummus is packed with tons of fresh herbs including parsley| tarragon| and chives to increase the flavor without adding unnecessary calories.
| Baked Thai Chicken Wontons
Instead of frying| try baking your wontons to cut down on fat and calories. Loaded with Thai flavor and ingredients| these poppers are only 43 calories and 1.5 grams of fat.
| Chipotle-Tomatillo Salsa
You’ll never buy the jarred stuff again! This smoky chipotle-tomatillo salsa is made with just a handful of clean ingredients like chipotles in adobo| garlic| and cilantro.
| Cucumber Cups With Spicy Tapenade
Skip the crackers and enjoy this tapenade in adorable cucumber cups. Made with kalamata olives| capers| and red jalapeu00f1o peppers for a little kick| five of these spicy bites are 88 calories and offer 2.6 grams of fiber.
| Mango Red Pepper Salsa
If you’ve never made your own salsa| it couldn’t be easier u2014 just dice up everything| stir it in a bowl| and allow the flavors to mix and mingle in the fridge. Serve it with corn chips and your guests will keep going back for more of those sweet| juicy| low-cal bites.
| Baked Coconut Shrimp
Give your party a kick with this baked coconut shrimp recipe. Typically served with a sweet and spicy Asian sauce| this version is paired with something a little creamier and with less sugar. The dip also uses protein-packed Greek yogurt.
| Creamy White Bean Dip
This zesty bean dip is made with cannellini beans| plain nonfat Greek yogurt| fresh dill| and lemon juice. Served with low-calorie veggies| this appetizer is healthy and takes minutes to whip up.
| Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms
You would never guess that these stuffed mushrooms are vegan! Not only is the creamy filling delicious| but it also works well as a vegan-friendly dip if mushrooms aren’t your favorite.
| Spinach Dip With Flaxseed Crackers
Much like other healthy spinach dips| this recipe uses nonfat Greek yogurt| but the surprise is the addition of fresh| chopped watercress u2014 high in vitamins A and C. Serve the dip with a batch of gluten-free flaxseed crackers| which are high in fiber and easy to make instead of buy.
| Crispy Cauliflower Buffalo Wings
Crispy on the outside yet soft on the inside| these cauliflower bites are the closest a vegetarian gets to a “”real”” buffalo wing experience.
| Baked Cracked-Pepper Potato Chips With Onion Dip
For a healthier take on classic onion dip| try this version that’s made with Greek yogurt. The recipe calls for homemade chips and dip and can be made the night before your event.
What’s a party without bruschetta? Make this recipe and impress guests with a healthy| satisfying crunch and creamy saltiness. Each serving runs about 100 calories.
| Kale Ricotta Dip
For a healthy twist on a dip usually loaded with calories| try this low-calorie kale ricotta dip. At only 24 calories per 1/4-cup serving| it’s practically guilt-free and tastes great with sliced veggies or baked pita chips.
| Vegan Cucumber Tofu Rolls
Usually a part of the main entree| tofu makes an appearance in this healthy and eye-catching appetizer. You can prepare the tofu ahead of time and store it in the fridge to whip up these protein-packed vegan cucumber tofu rolls in a matter of minutes before guests arrive. Each roll is only 39 calories!
| Spinach and Artichoke Dip
If you love artichoke dip but don’t love the calories and fat that come with the traditional recipe| try this lightened-up version. Serve with toasted pieces of gluten-free bread.
| Crab Rangoon
This recipe for baked crab rangoon cuts out the grease and the cream cheese but not the flavor.
| Chipotle Hummus
Give hummus a spicy twist by whipping up a batch of chipotle chickpea dip.
| Seaweed Snacks
Skip greasy potato chips and crunch on Paleo-friendly seaweed snacks instead. This spicy low-carb snack is rich in vitamins with the right amount of heat for spice-lovers.
| Soy-Wasabi Spread
Edamame| soy| and wasabi blend together in this Asian-inspired vegan spread. Full of essential nutrients like folate and calcium| this tangy soy-wasabi spread offers a quick punch of protein and only takes 10 minutes to prepare. Serve with low-calorie rice crackers for a complementary crunch!
| Roasted Winter Squash Hummus
Classic hummus has its place| but this squash hummus takes advantage of Fall and Winter’s bountiful squash harvest. Since it’s high in vitamin A from the squash and healthy fats from the tahini and olive oil| it’s a healthy dip addition to any potluck party.
| Honey Roasted Cinnamon Chickpeas
Who says your appetizer has to be savory? For a sweeter bite-size predinner nibble| make these honey roasted cinnamon chickpeas. High in protein and fiber| chickpeas offer a satisfying crunch when roasted| so they make a delicious twist to the basic bowl of nuts normally served. If you’re not into the sweetness factor| this recipe offers a spicier bite.
| Beet-Mint Yogurt Dip
Beet-mint yogurt dip is just as tasty as it is pretty. Greek yogurt keeps it light| while garlic and beets give the dip a savory and satisfying taste.
| Skewered Shrimp With Homemade Mango Marinade
Cooked on the grill or in a pan| these skewered shrimp are marinated in a homemade sauce made with mango| jalapeu00f1os| and cumin. With a touch of tropical flavor| these apps are easy to make and full of protein.
| Vegetable Chard Wraps
These beautiful vegetable chard wraps are almost too pretty to eat. They’re crunchy| spicy| and equipped with a yummy ginger-lime dipping sauce.
Fans of guacamole will love edamole: it’s similar to the real thing but is made from edamame| not avocado. These soybeans are high in protein but low in fat and calories. (This dip tastes equally good as a sandwich spread.)
| Gluten-Free Quinoa Pizza Bites
Crazy for pizza? Here’s a healthier option featuring the goodness of quinoa u2014 just 48 calories per bite.
| Dry Roasted Edamame With Black Sesame Seeds
Packed with protein| edamame is traditionally steamed in the pods and lightly salted| but you can impress your guests with roasted edamame instead. One serving offers 3.5 grams of fiber and 8.9 grams of protein.
| Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip
Rethink ranch dip by substituting Greek yogurt for sour cream and mayonnaise. Instead of the powdered spices and salt| quickly chop up some chives| parsley| and garlic for our Greek yogurt ranch dip. There is so much flavor packed in these fresh herbs that only a little salt is needed to satisfy your palate.