August 18, 2017

View as List 9 Healthy Appetizers

  •  mini bite size sandwich appetizers

    On one end of the appetizer spectrum is gooey baked Brie, in which high-fat cheese is gilded with an extremely high-fat puff-pastry crust. On the other end are celery sticks. Luckily there are plenty of healthful, nutrient-dense options in between. Here, 9 delicious recipes.

  • 1

    Healthy Guacamole

    Guacamole with chips on a red table

    Substitute peas for some of the avocado to this classic dip—they add sweetness, as well as folate and fiber. You can serve chips or vegetables for scooping.

    Get the recipe.

  • 2

    Roasted Eggplant-Walnut Dip

    eggplant dip on italian bread appetizer

    You can discard the eggplant skin, as this recipe calls for, or puree some in to add color and extra nutrients. Serve this with pita triangles or vegetables, or atop whole-wheat toast rounds.

    Get the recipe.

  • 3

    Yogurt Cheese Spread

    yogurt cheese spread

    This isn’t actually cheese, but yogurt that’s been thickened. This spread can be sweet or savory, depending on what you add to it—the options are almost limitless.

    Get the recipe.

  • 4

    Spicy Red Lentil Dip

    red lentil dip in white bowl

    Red lentils cook very quickly, which means that once they are done they are almost a purée. You can use carrot juice or tomato juice, depending on how sweet you want the dip to be.

    Get the recipe.

  • 5

    Hummus

    Hummus

    This traditional dip is usually made with tahini, which is very high in fat. This creamy and flavorful recipe calls for more healthful dark sesame oil and fat-free yogurt.

    Get the recipe.

  • 6

    Bruschetta

    crispy italian bruschetta with basil, garlic and tomato

    Bruschetta is toasted bread topped with anything that you find delicious. The variations are infinite—from tomato with basil to yogurt with stewed fruit.

    Get the recipe.

  • 7

    Split Pea Salsa

    Raw split pea on wooden spoon

    The word salsa means sauce, so you can make it out of many things. Here, fiber-rich split peas with Mexican spices makes for a fun and zesty starter.

    Get the recipe.

  • 8

    Shiitake & Cheese Quesadillas

    quesadillas with salsa on a wooden plate

    The Manchego cheese is the perfect companion for earthy mushrooms and corn. This dish is a good source of calcium, selenium, and vitamin D.

    Get the recipe.

  • 9

    Grilled Shrimp Cocktail

    Shrimps with lemon and spicy sauce

    The homemade cocktail sauce gets its heat from chipotle and cayenne peppers—and is a great source of lycopene. In winter months, you can easily broil the shrimp indoors. They're also delicious served on a salad for a light lunch or dinner dish.

    Get the recipe.