38 Healthy Party Appetizers to Help Ring In the New Year

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.

| Bruschetta

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.

| Edamole

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.

Here’s the Protein-Packed Paleo Appetizer You’ve Been Dreaming Of

When it comes to pleasing a big crowd (or pleasing a party full of low-carb diners), you can’t go wrong with a little bacon! Simple bacon and brussels sprout skewers are a Paleo-friendly and naturally gluten-free appetizer that come together in just a few steps. These satisfying skewers help keep portion control in check ¡ª each is just over 150 calories and offers more than 10 grams of protein. Clean-eating-approved and full of flavor, this low-carb appetizer is destined to become a new classic at any spread you’re hosting.

Bacon and Brussels Sprout Skewers

From Paleo Happy Hour by Kelly Milton

Bacon and Brussels Sprout Skewers

Bacon and Brussels Sprouts Appetizer

Ingredients

1 pound bacon2 pounds brussels sprouts1 teaspoon ghee1 teaspoon garlic powder1/4 teaspoon sea saltSmall wooden skewers

Here’s the Protein-Packed Paleo Appetizer You’ve Been Dreaming Of

When it comes to pleasing a big crowd (or pleasing a party full of low-carb diners)| you can’t go wrong with a little bacon! Simple bacon and brussels sprout skewers are a Paleo-friendly and naturally gluten-free appetizer that come together in just a few steps. These satisfying skewers help keep portion control in check ¡ª each is just over 150 calories and offers more than 10 grams of protein. Clean-eating-approved and full of flavor| this low-carb appetizer is destined to become a new classic at any spread you’re hosting.

Bacon and Brussels Sprout Skewers

From Paleo Happy Hour by Kelly Milton

Bacon and Brussels Sprout Skewers

Bacon and Brussels Sprouts Appetizer

Ingredients

1 pound bacon2 pounds brussels sprouts1 teaspoon ghee1 teaspoon garlic powder1/4 teaspoon sea saltSmall wooden skewers

Snack Smarter: Baked Potato Chips With Onion Dip

For a healthier take on classic onion dip, try this version that’s made with Greek yogurt. Traditionally served with greasy potato chips, this recipe calls for homemade baked chips ¡ª at a fraction of the fat. These crisp, cracked-pepper chips are worth the cook time, and the dip can be made the night before your event.

Baked Cracked-Pepper Potato Chips With Onion Dip

From Food Network

Baked Cracked-Pepper Potato Chips With Onion Dip

Healthy Onion Dip Recipe

Ingredients

For the chips:3 large russet potatoes, sliced into 1/8-inch thick rounds2 tablespoons olive oil2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepperKosher salt to taste

For the dip:2 teaspoons olive oil1 small onion, minced2 scallions, thinly sliced with greens and whites separated1 1/4 cups nonfat Greek yogurt3/4 teaspoon onion powder3/4 teaspoon garlic powder1/2 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon pepper

Snack Smarter: Baked Potato Chips With Onion Dip

For a healthier take on classic onion dip| try this version that’s made with Greek yogurt. Traditionally served with greasy potato chips| this recipe calls for homemade baked chips ¡ª at a fraction of the fat. These crisp| cracked-pepper chips are worth the cook time| and the dip can be made the night before your event.

Baked Cracked-Pepper Potato Chips With Onion Dip

From Food Network

Baked Cracked-Pepper Potato Chips With Onion Dip

Healthy Onion Dip Recipe

Ingredients

For the chips:3 large russet potatoes| sliced into 1/8-inch thick rounds2 tablespoons olive oil2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepperKosher salt to taste

For the dip:2 teaspoons olive oil1 small onion| minced2 scallions| thinly sliced with greens and whites separated1 1/4 cups nonfat Greek yogurt3/4 teaspoon onion powder3/4 teaspoon garlic powder1/2 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon pepper

Spooky Healthy Halloween Appetizers to Scare Away Hunger

Spooky Healthy Halloween Appetizers to Scare Away Hunger

Partying down on Halloween isn’t just for the kiddos! Adults dig ghostly decorations| clever costumes| and spookily inspired munchies| too. And the party doesn’t need to be all about candy| either! If you’re hosting a Halloween gathering| here are some healthy and fun appetizers you can create that simply scream Halloween.

| Cheese Pumpkins

Using cold-packed cheddar cheese (the soft kind in a container)| spoon out one tablespoon of cheese onto waxed paper. Roll it into a ball| and place on a plate. Use a toothpick to carve lines into the pumpkin| and place a quarter of a pretzel stick (I used Snyder’s Organic Honey Whole Wheat Sticks) in the middle and gently press it down to slightly flatten out the pumpkins. Serve with crackers for an adorable yet healthy appetizer u2014 one tablespoon of cheese is only 35 calories.

| Veggie Fingers Dip

Veggies never looked so creepy. Whip up some veggie dip using Greek yogurt| fresh dill| garlic| and lemon juice| and pour it into a bowl. Peel the carrots| and wash the green beans. Using a dab of hummus for glue| stick a sliced almond on each end to look like a fingernail| and serve with a side of veggies.

| Jack-o’-Lantern Hummus Plate

If you don’t have a lot of time to spend on a Halloween-inspired appetizer| this hummus plate is the one for you. Just spread a 16-ounce container of hummus on a salad plate (roasted red pepper has an orange hue). Using canned black beans (rinsed and dried with a paper towel)| make a jack-o’-lantern face. Use a pretzel stick for the stem. Place the plate on a dinner plate and serve with chips| crackers| veggies| or toasted pitas.

| Bat Bites

Start by mixing goat cheese with cream cheese and pesto. Or to save time| use Light Boursin (one tablespoon is only 25 calories). Scoop a spoonful of cheese into a bowl of poppy seeds and roll it with the back of a spoon until the white ball turns black. Adorn with sliced olives and red peppercorns for eyes| then add blue corn chips for wings.

| Beady Edible Eyes

This spooky twist on cruditu00e9s is a cinch to make and easy for guests to pick up. Bonus: all you need are three ingredients. Slice up one big carrot| dry off one side of each slice| and smear with cream cheese. Place either an olive| Craisin| raisin| or dried blueberry in the center| and then place your beady eyes on a platter.

| Creepy Cuke Monsters

If there are going to be kids at your Halloween party| here’s a snack for them. You can either make these ahead of time| or assemble them as an activity at the party. Cut a cucumber into thick disks. Slice each disk halfway to make an opening. Slide in a bell pepper tongue| and then decorate the face using hummus or dip for glue and veggies and beans for the eyes| nose| and hair. Have fun getting creative!

| Banana Ghost Pops

Scare away your sugar cravings with this Halloween treat: banana ghost pops. Coated in coconut| this variation of the classic frozen banana will satisfy your taste buds and add some potassium to snack time. Watch this video to learn how to make your own ghostly treats.

| Ghost Toast

Using foil and an oven| make these adorable little ghost toasts using slices of baguette and serving with blood-red bruschetta.

We Can’t Stop Thinking About These Broccoli Tater Tots

If you love the texture of tater tots but are trying to cut back on calories and fat| these broccoli tots need to make their way onto your table. This quick and simple recipe comes together in 25 minutes and will curb those fried-potato cravings with a much

lighter bite that’s lower in carbs| calories| and fat.

Your taste buds thank you in advance for this broccoli-cheesy treat.

Broccoli-Cheese Tater Tots

From Lizzie Fuhr| POPSUGAR Fitness

Broccoli-Cheese Tater Tots

Broccoli Tater Tots

Ingredients

2 cups broccoli florets1 small shallot| minced2/3 shredded cheddar cheese1/2 cup panko bread crumbs2 eggsSalt and pepper

We Can’t Stop Thinking About These Broccoli Tater Tots

If you love the texture of tater tots but are trying to cut back on calories and fat, these broccoli tots need to make their way onto your table. This quick and simple recipe comes together in 25 minutes and will curb those fried-potato cravings with a much

lighter bite that’s lower in carbs, calories, and fat.

Your taste buds thank you in advance for this broccoli-cheesy treat.

Broccoli-Cheese Tater Tots

From Lizzie Fuhr, POPSUGAR Fitness

Broccoli-Cheese Tater Tots

Broccoli Tater Tots

Ingredients

2 cups broccoli florets1 small shallot, minced2/3 shredded cheddar cheese1/2 cup panko bread crumbs2 eggsSalt and pepper

This Protein-Packed Appetizer Is the Perfect Recipe For Fall

Colorfully bright and equally vibrant in flavor| this crostini will soon become your favorite go-to app. Featuring edamame| fresh mint| Romano cheese| and pears| these appetizers are packed with protein and zesty flavor. It’s the perfect recipe to whip up after picking up a bag of this seasonal and sweet fruit.

The topping can be made ahead of time so it’s a cinch to whip up before guests arrive. And since each piece is 67 calories| your guests will appreciate the healthy fare.

From Health magazine

Edamame and Pear Crostini

Ingredients

16-ounce bag frozen shelled edamame4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil1 cup chopped mint1/2 cup grated pecorino Romano cheese1/2 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper1 baguette| cut into 30 slices1 Bartlett pear| diced

This Protein-Packed Appetizer Is the Perfect Recipe For Fall

Colorfully bright and equally vibrant in flavor, this crostini will soon become your favorite go-to app. Featuring edamame, fresh mint, Romano cheese, and pears, these appetizers are packed with protein and zesty flavor. It’s the perfect recipe to whip up after picking up a bag of this seasonal and sweet fruit.

The topping can be made ahead of time so it’s a cinch to whip up before guests arrive. And since each piece is 67 calories, your guests will appreciate the healthy fare.

From Health magazine

Edamame and Pear Crostini

Ingredients

16-ounce bag frozen shelled edamame4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil1 cup chopped mint1/2 cup grated pecorino Romano cheese1/2 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper1 baguette, cut into 30 slices1 Bartlett pear, diced