Looking for some healthy party snacks for your next event? We've got you covered. These 3 delicious recipes will have your guests coming back for more in no time!
Party snacks usually mean loads of carbohydrates, added sugars, sodium, and calories – a mixture that your body will certainly regret the next morning.
Maybe it’s time to choose some healthier options.
When you consider healthy alternative to delicious favorites, sometimes we sacrifice the taste by cutting out essential ingredients to lower the caloric count, but that doesn’t always have to be the case.
We all know that there are healthy party snacks out there, like our scrumptious Quinoa, Sweet Potato and Kale Patties.
But what about some crowd-pleasing appetizers?
In this post, we're sharing 3 healthy twists to the classics that use healthy alternatives to the traditional ingredients.
Let's dive into it.
3 Healthy Party Snack Ideas That You'll Love
Dynamite Baked Chicken Wings
Full of flavour and sure to fill up your guests, chicken wings have long been a party favourite.
Following this recipe will yield crispy, satisfying wings with a kick.
The key is to use butter and bake the wings to get the crisp outer skin that usually is a result of deep-frying.
Almond flour is a healthy alternative to all-purpose flour too.
Look for organic herbs and spices as much as possible because the non-organic alternatives usually contain high concentrations of pesticides and preservatives.
- 2⁄3 cup NOW raw almond flour
- 2 tablespoon organic paprika
- 2 teaspoon ground sea salt
- 2 teaspoon organic black pepper
- 1 teaspoon organic cayenne pepper
- 6 tablespoons unsalted, grass-fed butter
- 20 chicken wings
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Make sure the wings are dried, especially if the wings are thawing. Pat dry with a paper towel.
- Combine almond flour, paprika, garlic salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a plastic bag.
- Shake to mix ingredients, then add wings. Shake to coat wings.
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and melt the butter on it.
- Place wings on baking sheet and turn to coat the wings with butter (which makes it crispy).
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Turn wings over and bake for 15 more minutes or until crispy and done.
Sweet Kettle Corn Popcorn
As a staple snack for any time you are sitting in front of a television or movie screen, variations on flavours of popcorn are abundant.
Compared to many other snack foods, popcorn tends to be lower in calories because it is whole grain and an excellent source of fibre.
While the salty-sweetness of kettle corn is amazing, the store-bought varieties are high in sugar and calories.
Remember that even using organic popping corn, the snack can be considered junk food.
Popcorn is really only as unhealthy as the toppings – using organic popping corn heated in a pot or microwave is actually a pretty healthy snack.
But we are all attracted to delectable treats, so just plain old popcorn won’t be enough for your big party.
Follow this recipe that uses coconut palm sugar and agave nectar to have healthier kettle corn to serve at your next party.
Coconut palm sugar has less of an insulin response than table sugar and is a great substitute in a gluten-free diet to stabilize blood sugar levels.
As a bonus, when made into kettle corn, coconut palm sugar has natural sweet notes of butterscotch and caramel!
- 3 ounces popped organic popcorn, approximately 3 quarts
- 1 cup salted peanuts
- 4 ounces unsalted grass-fed butter
- 2 cups Organika organic coconut palm sugar
- 1/4 cup agave nectar or honey
- 1/2 teaspoon Simply Organic vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 250°F.
- Grease a baking pan with butter or line with parchment paper.
- Combine the popcorn and peanuts in a large mixing bowl. Set aside until ready to use.
- Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add coconut palm sugar, agave syrup/honey and vanilla and stir until combined. Heat and stir constantly for approximately 10 minutes.
- Pour the sugar mixture over the popcorn and stir to mix. This step must be performed quickly, as the sugar mixture hardens relatively fast. Spread the mixture onto the prepared sheet pan and bake in the oven for 1 hour. Cool completely.
- Break into pieces and serve immediately. Leftovers can be kept for 2-3 additional days.
Taco Flavoured Nachos
This finger-food classic is only as healthy as the effort you put into it.
Essentially, the core ingredients can be healthy by using lean beef, fresh vegetables, and multigrain nacho chips.
Trust me, it actually tastes better when you use fresh ingredients and don’t overdose on the cheese.
Try your own combinations of toppings to add a twist to your dish.
- 2 teaspoons organic coconut oil
- 3/4 pounds lean ground beef (also works with pulled or shredded pork)
- Taco Tuesday Flavorgod natural seasoning
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 (15-ounce) can Black Beans, rinsed
- 8 ounces multigrain tortilla chips
- 10 ounces sharp Cheddar or pepper Jack cheese, grated (about 2.5 cups)
- 1/2 head organic iceberg lettuce, shredded
- 1 large tomato, cubed
- 1 avocado, cubed
- fresh cilantro
- pickled jalapenos
- sour cream
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef, onion, garlic, and Flavorgod seasoning and cook until meat is browned (6-8 minutes). Stir in beans and cook for another 2-4 minutes.
- Spread chips on the baking sheet and spoon beef mixture over the chips. Sprinkle grated cheese and bake for about 10-12 minutes, until chips are crispy and cheese is melted.
- Remove from oven and top with lettuce, beans, tomatoes, avocado, jalapenos, cilantro, and sour cream. Serve hot
The key to making delicious healthy party snacks is to use as many fresh organic vegetables and seasonings as possible.
Not only do these ingredients add a layer of freshness to your dishes, but also makes them so much healthier than packaged foods.
Finally, leave a comment below letting us know which healthy party snack idea you are going to try first!