Smorgasbord without going overboard: Healthy Party Snack Alternatives for Your Next Gathering
Partying with family and friends can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you want to let loose and have a good time. On the other, you don’t want to overindulge in snacks that might sabotage your health or your diet. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to indulge in a mouthwatering and healthy party snack?
Fortunately for you and your waistline, there are plenty of delicious healthy party snack options guaranteed to make your next party a hit without the morning-after regret of overconsumption.
Here are four healthy party snack alternatives to stock up on before your next get together.
Everything’s Betta’ With Bruschetta
Bruschetta is essentially thick slices of bread, grilled, rubbed with garlic, drizzled with olive oil, and layered with toppings. Traditionally, bruschetta is topped with tomatoes and herbs, but nothing’s stopping you from putting your own spin on the Italian classic for a fun but healthy snack.
Better yet, make a build-your-own-bruschetta table and let each of your guests make their own healthy party snack. Set out fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and various dressings and sauces to make exciting snacks without compromising your waistline.
Here are a few combination suggestions to inspire your inner chef:
- Apples, figs, brie, and balsamic glaze
- Roasted red peppers, pine nuts, and hummus
- Grapes, honey, and gorgonzola cheese
You could build an entire party around bruschetta, so if you’re short on time or money, why not do just that!
Brussels Sprouts Making a Comeback
The very mention of Brussels sprouts may conjure up childhood memories of being forced to eat your vegetables, but the Brussels sprout has made quite a comeback in recent years. These days, it’s not uncommon to find roasted Brussels sprouts on the menu at restaurants or even your local bar.
And for good reason: Brussels sprouts are incredibly good for you. According to the USDA, just one cup packs three grams of protein, 124% of your daily recommended vitamin C, and only 30 calories.
Unsure of how to turn one of the least popular vegetables into a healthy party snack your guests won’t cringe at the sight of? Slice your Brussels sprouts into thin slices and place them on a sheet pan to bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 to 25 minutes.
Once roasted, toss with your favorite seasoning or sauce, and this healthy party snack is ready to be devoured by even the pickiest eaters.
Eat Like a Cowboy
Cowboy caviar is a dip made from black eyed peas, vinaigrette, corn, and red peppers. Served with tortilla chips or on its own, this dish is a hearty, healthy party snack packed with protein, fiber, and flavor.
On a hot summer day and for an even healthier alternative to tortilla chips, you can stuff cowboy caviar into hollow bell peppers or celery sticks. Want a little more kick? Try adding jalapenos or your favorite salsa.
The customization options for this healthy party snack are endless.
PigOut Pigless Pork Rinds
Pork rinds don’t exactly conjure an image of healthy living. They’re often highly processed and drenched in unhealthy fats, and they contain nearly half the daily recommended amount of sodium in just one serving.
Our PigOut Pigless Pork Rinds, however, are a protein-packed, plant-based healthy party snack. They’re also free of gluten, dairy, soy, GMOs, and cholesterol. Developed by chef Dave Anderson, creator of the Beyond Burger, these pork rinds are sure to make a splash at your next soiree.
With all the planning that goes into your get-togethers, you shouldn’t have to add sourcing healthy-but-tasty snacks to your plate. Keep these four healthy party snack alternatives in mind, and you and your guests will never have to sacrifice your health to have a good time.Check out our PigOut Pigless Pork Rinds and other healthy party snack alternatives for your next gathering!