Finger foods get a bad rap—but you don't have to avoid 'em at all costs. Just whip up these healthier renditions (we just can't promise you'll have room for dinner).
Roasted Carrots and Cilantro Yogurt Sauce
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Fresh, roasted carrots make a beautiful presentation (and yummy finger food). The cilantro dip is incredibly creamy and pairs perfectly with these savory veggies. Related: These Gorgeous Carrot Recipes Will Change the Way You Look at This "Basic" Veggie.
Get the recipe: Roasted Carrots and Cilantro Yogurt Sauce
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Breadsticks made from vegetables? Yes, they can be done and yes, they are delicious. Dip these healthy sticks in an olive tapenade or sun-dried tomato dip.
Get the recipe: Cauliflower Breadsticks
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Grilled Veggies with Romesco Sauce
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This platter takes crudités to another level. Make the healthy finger food gluten-free by trading out the ciabatta bread for cauliflower breadsticks. Or just serve the vegetables on their own. The romesco sauce is sweet, smoky, and tangy.
Get the recipe: Grilled Veggies with Romesco Sauce
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Fresh Spring Rolls with Mango Dipping Sauce
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These colorful spring rolls come together with a few simple ingredients that you likely already have in your fridge (plus, they're a perfect healthy finger food for your next party). The creamy mango dip is sweet with just a hint of spice.
Get the recipe: Fresh Spring Rolls with Mango Dipping Sauce
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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 dietitian and cookbook author Toby Amidor, R.D. "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." Also: These heart-healthy apps are perfect for your next party.
Get the recipe: Lentil Caprese Bruschetta
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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, R.D., 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." Looking for another unique twist on Mexican? Try these healthy Mexican avocado cups.
Get the recipe: Spinach and Garlic Game Day Quesadilla
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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, R.D., president of 80 Twenty Nutrition. Related: The 10 Healthiest Nuts and Seeds.
Get the recipe: Pumpkin Spice Walnuts
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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, R.D., of Nutritioulicious. "They're also lower in fat since they're baked instead of fried." And did we mention they're what finger food dreams are made of?
Get the recipe: Butternut Sage Risotto Balls
Baked Polenta Fries
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These crisp and crunchy baked millet polenta fries are very easy to make. Dip them in ketchup or spicy vegan mayo.
Get the recipe: Baked Polenta Fries
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Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
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You can never have just one, and that's okay if you're talking about these (healthy!) spicy-sweet potato fries. You'll bake the sweet potatoes and douse them in a variety of good-for-you spices such as cayenne, turmeric, and black pepper. Pair these yummy sticks with good old-fashioned ketchup.
Get the recipe: Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
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Cauliflower Poppers with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
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This bite-size finger food look and taste like a delicious nugget without any of the fried ingredients, says Natalie Rizzo, 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." Our fave place to pick up cauliflower products? Trader Joe's.
Get the recipe: Cauliflower Poppers with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
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Guacamole and Crudités
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A list of healthy dippable snacks wouldn't be complete without crudités and guacamole. Slice up whatever veggies your heart desires (try cucumber, jicama, and carrots).
Get the recipe: Guacamole and Crudités
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