Your guests will love these easy-to-eat apps that make every gathering healthier.
Endive with Goat Cheese, Mandarin Orange, and Mint
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Fill endive leaves with goat cheese, fresh mint, and Wonderful Halos. Each endive boat has just 40 calories, and these seedless mandarin oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C.
Get the recipe: Endive with Goat Cheese, Mandarin Orange, and Mint
Photo: Amy Gorin Nutrition
Honeyed Blue Cheese Dip with Spicy Cauliflower Wings
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"These cauliflower wings are the perfect replacement for buffalo wings and blue cheese dressing," says Regan Jones, R.D. of the recipe site Healthy Aperture. (Try them with these gluten-free cheese dips too).
Get the recipe: Honeyed Blue Cheese Dip with Spicy Cauliflower Wings
Photo: Healthy Aperture
Roasted Butternut Squash with Pomegranate Sauce
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Who says you can't serve veggies as an appetizer? Drizzle butternut squash cubes with sauce made with POM 100% Pomegranate Juice, which adds an antioxidant punch and contains no added sugar. Then skewer each cube with a toothpick, and you have an easy, healthy dish to serve to guests! (Want something heartier? Go with a Butternut Squash Mac n' Cheese)
Get the recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash with Pomegranate Sauce
Photo: Amy Gorin Nutrition
Baked Avocado Egg Rolls
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"This recipe combines a bunch of my favorite foods—avocado, black beans, and salsa for dipping—wrapped up into a neat little finger food," says Chelsey Amer, R.D. of C It Nutritionally. "The combination of healthy fats from the avocado, and fiber and protein from the beans, can easily turn this app into a meal. Plus, these egg rolls are baked, not fried, for a recipe that's much lower in fat."
Get the recipe: Baked Avocado Egg Rolls
Related: 30 Awesome Avocado Toast Recipes
Photo: C It Nutritionally
Lentil Caprese Bruschetta
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"This easy-to-make bruschetta is made with green lentils, which are a good source of protein and an excellent source of fiber," says Toby Amidor, M.S., R.D., nutrition partner with USA Pulses. "Studies have found that adding more pulses like lentils into your diet can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes." Try out these other bruschetta and healthy appetizer ideas.
Get the recipe: Lentil Caprese Bruschetta
Photo: USA Pulses and Pulse Canada
Spinach and Garlic Game Day Quesadilla
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"This quesadilla is the perfect combination of cheesy goodness and heart-healthy hummus," says Elizabeth Ann Shaw, M.S., R.D.N., C.L.T., of Shaw's Simple Swaps. "By replacing half the cheese with fiber-containing hummus, you get the best of both worlds. Plus, I snuck in some spinach, too, making this a multi-food-group appetizer." (Related: 13 Different Ways to Make Hummus)
Get the recipe: Spinach and Garlic Game Day Quesadilla
Photo: Shaw's Simple Swaps
Pumpkin Spice Walnuts
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Yes, you can have pumpkin spice all year! "These walnuts are a delicious and healthy vegan snack loaded with fiber, protein, and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids," says Christy Brissette, M.S., R.D., president of 80 Twenty Nutrition.
Get the recipe: Pumpkin Spice Walnuts
Photo: 80 Twenty Nutrition
Butternut Sage Risotto Balls
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"These creamy and delicious risotto balls are higher in fiber than traditional risotto balls, thanks to whole-grain brown rice and puréed butternut squash," says Jessica Fishman Levinson, M.S., R.D.N., of Nutritioulicious. "They're also lower in fat since they're baked instead of fried."
Get the recipe: Butternut Sage Risotto Balls
Chickpea Pepper Poppers
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"These poppers offer ample amounts of fiber and vitamin C," says Sarah Schlichter, M.P.H., R.D.N., of the blog Bucket List Tummy. "The chickpeas also offer additional fiber and protein. While the poppers offer a punch of nutrition, they are a great low-fat and low-sodium alternative to fried foods."
Get the recipe: Chickpea Pepper Poppers
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Photo: Bucket List Tummy
Sweet Potato Rounds with Goat Cheese, Pecans, and Cranberries
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"These easy rounds contain only four ingredients and are a healthy appetizer for your next party," says Charlene Pors, R.D., of Euphoria Nutrition. "Sweet potatoes, which are rich in vitamins A and C, give this appetizer a naturally sweet taste. The pecans increase the healthy monounsaturated fat, a nutrient that may help lower your risk of heart disease."
Get the recipe: Sweet Potato Rounds with Goat Cheese, Pecans, and Cranberries
Photo: Euphoria Nutrition
Cauliflower Poppers with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
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"These bite-size appetizers look and taste like a delicious nugget without any of the fried ingredients," says Natalie Rizzo, M.S., R.D., of Nutrition à la Natalie. "Made with cauliflower, these poppers are loaded with fiber and are low in calories. So they will actually fill you up and not leave you feeling guilty for having more than your fair share." For more, check out these healthy cauliflower recipes for comfort food favorites.
Get the recipe: Cauliflower Poppers with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
Photo: Nutrition à la Natalie
Mini Pizza Quinoa Quiches
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"These flavorful pizza bites are made with quinoa, a high-protein, high-fiber grain that is also gluten-free," says Kelli Shallal, M.P.H., R.D., owner of Hungry Hobby. "Swapping whole grains for refined in your pizza contributes more nutrients and will fill you up faster!"
Get the recipe: Mini Pizza Quinoa Quiches
Photo: Hungry Hobby