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Top Ten Healthy Party Snacks

Summer-Friendly Healthy Party Snacks

With warm summer weather rapidly approaching, parties are surely right around the corner.  Summer mean barbecues, pool parties, and graduation parties!  However, it also means shorts, bathing suits, sundresses, and warmer summer temperatures.  To keep you and any party guests healthy, in shape, and energized, serve healthy and light summer snacks at your parties!  Summer parties give you the perfect reason to try new recipes that will surely impress your guests.  Here are a few snack ideas for you to try at your parties this summer:

  1. Fruit tray:  Fill a tray with sliced-up apples, grapes, watermelon, strawberries, and a few other fruits.  Keep the tray covered, especially if it’s an outdoor party, and re-refrigerate it if it sits out for a long period of time.  A fun way to get kids to eat the fruit is by taking the sliced-up apples, spreading peanut butter on them, and placing raisins or marshmallows in the peanut butter.  You can also use celery in place of the apple slices—many people call these “ants on a log.”
  2. Vegetables and dip:  Slice up all sorts of delicious summer veggies (like peppers, celery, cucumbers, and carrots) and arrange them around a small bowl of ranch dip.  Nothing says “summertime snack” like veggies and ranch.  Classics like this are sure to bring a smile to your guests’ faces.
  3. Popcorn balls:  While heavily buttered popcorn isn’t the healthiest snack in the world, try lightly-salted popcorn with no butter.   You could even try fun popcorn balls for a sweet snack at your summer parties.  Eatingwell.com has a great recipe for tropical popcorn balls with macadamia nuts and coconut.
  4. Veggie pizza:  Lay out crescent rolls on a pan in a solid sheet and bake them.  That’s your pizza crust.  Then, in a bowl, mix sour cream, a packet of ranch, cream cheese, and a few other things—this is your pizza sauce.  Top your veggie pizza with cheddar cheese, broccoli, grated carrots, diced peppers, and a few other vegetables.  A good starter recipe for veggie pizza can be found at allrecipes.com.
  5. Tortilla chips and salsa:  There is a wide variety of salsas that will add different flairs to your party—mango salsa and grape salsa are two popular variations.  Surprisingly refreshing and wonderfully healthy, chips and salsa are the perfect addition to many summer parties.  You can even add salsa con queso or guacamole dip to your next party’s menu if your guests like the chips and salsa idea.
  6. Tomato, Onion, and Garlic Bruschetta:  Super simple to make, best with Roma tomatoes, tastes wonderful when served on slices of Italian bread.  Roughly two cups chopped Roma tomatoes, ½ a cup chopped onions, and add garlic to taste.  This is a great summer recipe because it’s one you can play with.  You can add more onions, you can add basil, you can omit the onions or the garlic completely, you could add Parmesan—you can make it your own.
  7. Shrimp rings or shrimp cocktails:  This is a healthy snack that will add a bit of elegance to your party.  For a daytime party, use a shrimp ring.  For an evening summer get-together, switch to shrimp cocktails.
  8. Veggie kabobs with grilled chicken:  There is a wide variety of vegetables you could combine with the chicken to make delicious snacks for your party guests.  Many recipes suggest mushrooms, onions, peppers (red, yellow, or green), and squash.  By adding grilled chicken, you’re giving your guests a more filling snack that will keep them energized and keep the party going longer.
  9. Sweet potato fries or carrot fries:  Sweet potato fries are rapidly growing in popularity, and simplyrecipes.com has a great recipe for them.  Up until recently, carrot fries were a bit unheard of.  However, they’re a delicious and healthy way to get your kids to eat veggies as well as a great snack for a party! Moneysavingmom.com has the quickest and easiest recipe.
  10. Hot artichoke dip: This is another great recipe that can be found on eatingwell.com.  In addition to the artichoke hearts, it adds low-fat mayonnaise, lemon zest, and Cayenne pepper for a fresh twist that has a kick.

With these ideas as a jumping-off point, you should have no trouble planning fun and healthy snacks for your next summer party.  If you do a little research and attempt the recipes yourself, you’ll win the admiration of your friends and party guests.  A great way to test these new snacks is on kids—if kids will eat the snacks you’re preparing for your summer party, you’ve got delicious food planned!

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