6 Resolution-Friendly Healthy Appetizers

Did you resolve to eat better this New Year? Stay on track without skimping on great flavor with these healthy party food recipes.
By: Liz Gray

Did you resolve to eat better this New Year? After a month of cookie overload, I’m ready to make some healthier choices, too. It’s easy enough to honor resolutions during the week, but weekend party foods are often heavy on cheese, cream and calories.

Luckily, a few simple swaps can lighten up your appetizer spread without sacrificing great flavor. Here are some recipes to try this weekend.

Carrot-Ginger Soup Shooters

Carrot-Ginger Soup Shooters

This spicy, vegetarian carrot-ginger soup can be served hot or at room temperature. Spoon single servings into shot glasses for the perfect party-sized portion. Get the recipe.

This vegetarian carrot-ginger soup is flavored with vibrant curry spices and fresh ginger. Pureed carrots give the soup a velvety texture without high-calorie cream. Spoon hot or room temperature soup into shot glasses for the perfect party-sized portion. Pressed for time? Pick up a box of prepared carrot-ginger soup, then top each shot glass-sized serving with Greek yogurt and a fresh mint leaf.

Make This: Carrot-Ginger Soup

Eggplant Chips With Cilantro Pesto

Eggplant Chips With Cilantro Pesto

Chips and dip is always a party favorite, but for a variation on the classic standby, give eggplant chips a try. The beautiful color and sweet taste pair perfectly with fresh cilantro pesto

Baked eggplant chips are sweet, crunchy and delicious, and make a surprising alternative to classic potato chips. For a seasonal twist, swap the basil in the pesto for kale, arugula or spinach.

Bruschetta

Bruschetta

Not many foods exist that are better than really delectable bread. So instead of looking for alternatives, why not simply add variety? This hearty bruschetta should do just the trick.

Swap white bread for the hearty whole-grain variety in this classic appetizer; whole-grain breads typically have fewer calories and help you feel fuller, longer. To make the most of winter tomatoes, buy the oblong Roma variety, and let them sit with salt, pepper, olive oil, garlic and herbs for about 20 minutes before serving. Or, swap in high-quality canned tomatoes for a different flavor.

Hummus

Hummus

Though the fresh chickpeas will need to be soaked overnight, the wait is the most difficult aspect of this dish. But take heart in the fact that soon you will be enjoying the creamy delight that only entirely homemade hummus can provide.

Store-bought hummus is a party standby, but it’s super-easy to make your own. If you don’t have time to soak and cook dried chickpeas, sub in 2 cans of garbanzo beans. Serve with whole-wheat pita pieces and vegetable sticks.

Make This: Homemade Hummus

Blackened Tuna Bites

Blackened Tuna Bites

Crisp cucumber slices take the place of crackers in this sushi-inspired, bite-sized party appetizer. Get the recipe.

This sushi-inspired appetizer swaps the typical ratio of rice to veggies: A few kernels of rice sit atop blackened tuna, with a thick cucumber slice in place of a cracker. Top each one with a chunk of avocado and a dollop of hot sauce.

Cooking Channel Apricot Dark Chocolate Trail Mix Recipe

Cooking Channel Apricot Dark Chocolate Trail Mix Recipe

This Halloween, make a sweet and salty trail mix treat, that is also healthy, out if dried fruit, toasted nuts and dark chocolate.

Photo by: Courtesy Sarah Copeland ©2012 CookingChannelTV.com

Courtesy Sarah Copeland, 2012 CookingChannelTV.com

Every party needs something sweet, so swap cookies and brownies for this delicious and nutritious trail mix. With dried fruit, toasted nuts and dark chocolate, this treat is actually as good for you as it tastes.

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