Party Weekend? Here’s How Not to Make Everyone Sick, With 15 Healthy Foods!
Party food is awesome, but enjoying delicious food when celebrating shouldn’t mean worrying about polluting your body, causing weight gain or counting calories. One of the worst spots for eating is often at someone else’s house party. Snacks are casual and usually just fillers, they tend to be a bag of Doritos and bowls of Haribo sweets, or sometimes takeaway pizza with all the sides. If you want to be a healthy host that’ll be the talk of the town, here are 15 snacks to provide that are just as tasty (actually – probably tastier) as the bad stuff!
#1 Guacamole and Sliced Veggies
Guacamole is made with avocado, which we know is enriched with fibre and healthy fats. Pair this with fresh veggies instead of crisps or chips for a bite that’s just as flavoursome. Add in a squeeze of lemon juice to the guaca for an extra zingy punch!
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#2 Bell Pepper Nachos
Who doesn’t crave nachos sometimes? You can get a far healthier, satisfying taste by making this pepper alternative. Slice a couple of bell peppers and fill with soya, Quorn or lean mince, jalapeños, pepper, white bean dip and melted cheese… Because a little treat does no harm, and cheese is calcium-enriched!
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#3 Energy Balls
These are totally customizable, so what you feel your party would enjoy and benefit from the most is totally up to you. Dried fruit, oats and almond butter balls are a great sweet version, while green balls made with pumpkin seeds, chipotle chili powder, sea salt and black pepper.
#4 Berry Bowls
It may sound very basic but berry bowls (or plates, we won’t discriminate!) are a popular choice for healthy party foods. Easy to eat and packed full of vitamins, everybody will nab a few of them at least.
#5 Roasted Edamame
Edamame beans are an excellent source of iron & protein, while also being low in calories and gluten-free. If you roast them with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, they make a seriously addictive treat for those who prefer a savoury snack. #YUM!
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#6 Greek Salsa
The Mediterranean diet is recognised as one of the healthiest out there, with plenty of greens, olive oil and fish. Don’t be afraid to liberally use feta cheese or halloumi, as cheese isn’t unhealthy if eaten with other healthy food groups.
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Chilled watermelon on a stick makes it a far more accessible fruit snack to eat while standing at a party. Packed with amino acids including citrulline, which expands blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. We’re sure Beyoncé would approve.
#8 Roasted Artichoke and Parmesan Shavings
Artichoke is an often forgotten superfood that is full of fibre, folic acid, antioxidants, cholesterol-lowering properties and digestive support. It also protects against free radicals, promotes bone health, optimise metabolic functions and lowers blood pressure! Roast and shave with Parmesan, melting it under the grill for two minutes.
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#9 Sweet Potato Fries
If you’re a massive lover of fries, a healthy alternative are sweet potato fries. Full of vitamins A, B6 & C, potassium, iron and magnesium, they’re a firm favourite on many menus as well. If you bake or grill them, they’ll have that crunchy taste that makes fries such a satisfying snack. Season liberally with black pepper, cayenne pepper, sea salt, rosemary or herbs of your choice.
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#10 Peanut Butter + Dried Fruit + Apple Slices
To make sliced fruit a bit more of a sweet treat yet maintain the healthy factor, drizzle peanut butter, dried fruit, oats or crushed almond flakes over chopped apple slices. The peanut butter provides energy, monounsaturated fats that help your heart’s energy, as well as antioxidants and vitamin E. Opt for a version with low added sugar for maximum effect.
#11 Flour Coated Coriander Chickpeas
Chickpeas are a type of legume that lowers cholesterol, promotes weight loss, skin protection, regulates blood sugar and boosts your immune system. Coat them in flour and sprinkle with coriander for added flavour. These are a great alternative to any deep fried foods too!
#12 Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate Orange Slices
You don’t have to clear the table of chocolate just because you’re opting for a healthy layout of snacks and beverages. Dark chocolate optimises blood pressure and is a powerful source of antioxidants, not to mention it promotes heart health. Cover orange slices in dark chocolate and sprinkle a small amount of sea salt over for a tasty clash of flavours, then place in the fridge til the chocolate cools.
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#13 Kale Crustini
Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, high in antioxidants, vitamins C and K, minerals and cancer-fighting properties. Use a wholemeal, rye or brown bread so it’s fairly balanced! You could also pack on with avocados, beetroot or radishes.
#14 Crab Cakes
With a low fat intake, crab provides many of the seafood benefits and provides a hearty meal if you want to provide your guests with something more substantial. They are easy to make too; as all you need is crabmeat, breadcrumbs, parsley, sea salt and black pepper. Add Greek yoghurt atop instead of mayonnaise as a healthier alternative.
#15 Traditional Greek Dolmades
Once again returning to the Mediterranean diet, traditional Greek starters or snacks called dolmades are delicious, can be served hot or cold and are packed full of niacin, iron, fibre, riboflavin as well as many other minerals and vitamins. Get your favourite veggies and wrap them in vine leaves. Best served with a nice dip such as hummus, Greek yogurt, tzatziki, guacamole or a red pepper dip.
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