Healthy Party Food Recipes

Whether throwing an end-of-summer party or simply need ideas for upcoming events, you don’t want to serve calorie-heavy options that set you and your guests back diet-wise. Check out a few healthy party food recipes that help avoid post-shindig food guilt for quick weight loss:

Roasted Chickpeas

From Fitness magazine:

Ingredients:

1 15 – ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon hot sauce

Pinch paprika

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

Pinch coarse sea salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Toss the chickpeas with the olive oil, hot sauce, paprika, salt and black pepper. Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet and roast until browned, 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool on the sheet, about 5 minutes. Toss with the parsley and sea salt, transfer to a bowl and serve.

Pear and Pistachio Guacamole

From Food Network

Ingredients:

3 Hass avocados, halved, pitted and cubed

2 firm ripe Seckel pears or 1 large Anjou pear, cored and finely diced

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

3/4 teaspoon ground coriander

Kosher salt

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1 small jalapeno, minced with some seeds

Freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons chopped roasted pistachios

Lime wedges, for serving

Blue corn tortilla chips, for serving

Directions:

Toss together the avocados and pears in a medium bowl. Stir in the cilantro, lime juice, coriander, 1/2 teaspoon salt, the garlic and jalapenos until combined. Add additional salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a serving bowl, sprinkle with the pistachios and serve with lime wedges and blue corn tortilla chips.

Fresh Herb-Tomato Crostini

From Southern Living

Ingredients:

1/4 cup olive oil

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2 garlic cloves, pressed

1 (8.5-oz.) French bread baguette, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

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2 tablespoons olive oil

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1/4 teaspoon salt

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1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 large tomato, finely chopped

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3/4 cup finely chopped green onions

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together olive oil and garlic; brush on 1 side of each bread slice. Place bread slices, garlic sides up, on a baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly toasted. Whisk together lemon juice and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Add tomato and next 3 ingredients; gently toss to coat.

Top each bread slice with tomato mixture (about 2 rounded teaspoonfuls each). Sprinkle with cheese.

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