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Healthy Party Foods for Last-Minute Entertaining


This time of year it can feel like you should install a revolving door you have so many guests popping by to drop off gifts, have a drink, or simply say a quick hello because they don't have time to stay long. And while it's great to see everyone, it's impossible to plan an elaborate menu for all of them.

No reason to stress. Keep your kitchen stocked with these healthy options and pull some out to serve last-minute guests—or to snack on anytime yourself.


Popcorn Indiana FIT Popcorn
This filling and tasty snack has only three ingredients—popcorn, non-GMO canola oil, and sea salt—and 37 calories and two grams of fat per cup, plus it's gluten-free. Recent research also found that whole-grain popcorn is rich in antioxidants, so go ahead and have another handful.


Chavrie Fresh Goat Cheese Cranberry Log
Add some whole grain crackers and consider your cheese plate done. Goat cheese has half the calories per ounce than most other cheeses and the festive cranberries add a nice sweet note.

 Engine 2 Roasted Garlic Hummus
Almost every Fit Foodie keeps hummus stocked, but what’s so great about Engine 2’s variety is that it contains no added oil, keeping calories at 30 per two tablespoons, less than half that of most brands. Engine 2 also has half the sodium of most varieties.
 Angie’s Holidrizzle Kettle Corn
This may be the easiest, healthiest way to serve dessert on the fly. All natural, non-GMO, gluten-free Angie’s Holidrizzle Kettle Corn Dark Chocolatier Sea Salt has just 130 calories, six grams of fat, and 12 grams of sugar per 1 2/3 cup serving compared to traditional chocolate-covered popcorn, which as about 420 calories, 24 grams of fat, and 38 grams of sugar per cup.
 Refine Mixer Cosmopolitan
Top champagne with this all-natural, zero-calorie, sugar-free mixer and garnish with cranberries or pomegranate seeds for a gorgeous, 95-calorie drink. No champagne? The Cinnamon & Sugar Cosmo is a great choice. Just shake 1.5 ounce of vodka with 2.5 ounces of cosmo mix and ice, and pour into a cinnamon-and-stevia rimmed glass.


As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.


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