Sure, main courses are nice, but what about appetizers? They encourage guests and family members to mingle and catch up while enjoying some delicious eats. Many classics are so delicious that they are almost addictive, but they are packed with fat, sugar and other additives, making them not the best choice in the long run—especially since alcohol, dinner and dessert come after. We are on a mission to show you that you can still celebrate healthily-no matter what the occasion-and indulge in some low-calorie dips and spreads. See below for some ideas for recipes to make.
Recipe 1: Avocado Yogurt Cilantro Dip
This thick dip works with pretzels and crackers for the party and salads and Buddha Bowls for later. Avocado, yogurt, lime juice, cumin and salt are blended into a light and creamy dip that is sure to please. Hint: this is much easier to make in a food processor!
Recipe 2: Healthy Spinach Dip
Recipe 3: Healthy Easy Bean Dip
With 8 healthy ingredients and no cream cheese, this delectable dip is good for you, too. Olive oil, Greek yogurt, black beans, salt, cumin, chili powder, cilantro and cheddar cheese are pulsed until smooth. The recipe authors recommend using it on baked tortilla chips, quesadillas, veggies, burritos or pretzels.
Recipe 4: Healthy Tuna Spread
The ideal spread for French bread or whatever crusty bread you choose, this low-calorie recipe is healthier than the traditional version but just as yummy. Onion, tuna, chickpeas, a small amount of butter and salt combine to transform these common ingredients into a nice appetizer. You can also use avocado to get even more healthy protein.
Recipe 5: Healthy Oil Free Hummus
Sesame seeds, lemon juice, creamy chickpeas and sea salt replicate a hummus that will rival those you can find in the Middle East. Add in some garlic and or chili powder for flavor. Red pepper works as well. Cut some vegetables and arrange them around the hummus bowl in the center of a platter. Then, step back and admire your work. Everyone will love this!
Recipe 6: Nutty Edamame Spread
Who knew the combination of edamame, basil and pine nuts could taste so good? A hit on the dippers you choose, this versatile spread also works on sandwiches. If you are tired of serving the same old appetizers, try offering party goers bite-sized hummus sandwiches with this spread. Hold them together with toothpicks. It could make your gathering extra special, but do not forget to provide guests with the recipe afterward!
We hope you love these dips and spreads that also happen to be low-calorie recipes. Good tasting does not always have to mean something is not the best for you, and these ideas prove that. Pretty soon, your guests may be asking you when you are planning your next event, complete with at least one of these ideas, of course. Enjoy!