Don't worry—they taste good too
Brussels Sprouts with Grape-Honey Glaze
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These Brussels sprouts have a wonderful sweet glaze on them from Welch's 100% Grape Juice, which is made with Concord grapes and helps to keep your heart healthy by promoting good circulation. Plus, each serving of this healthy appetizer provides 24 percent of your daily value for fiber (which helps maintain good cholesterol levels) and 17 percent of your daily value for potassium (a mineral that may help lower blood pressure).
Get the recipe: Brussels Sprouts with Grape-Honey Glaze
Photo: Amy Gorin Nutrition
Vegan Hummus Pita Pizza
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Mini pita pizzas are perfect for a healthy party. This vegan recipe is made with Sabra Classic Hummus, which provides filling protein and fiber, and it uses whole-wheat pitas to add whole grains and additional fiber. The pizza is topped with sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, and grape tomatoes. Just slice and serve.
Get the recipe: Vegan Hummus Pita Pizza
Photo: Amy Gorin Nutrition
Salmon Cucumber Bites
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"Salmon and other oily fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids," says Christy Brissette, M.S., R.D., blogger at 80 Twenty Nutrition. (Read up on the healthiest fish you can find.) "These heart-healthy fats help lower triglyceride and blood pressure levels and also reduce the risk of arrhythmias, which are abnormal heart beats." The American Heart Association recommends eating two servings of fish, especially oily fish, every week for a healthy heart. A serving of fish is about 3.5 ounces or about the size of the palm of your hand, says Brissette.
Get the recipe: Salmon Cucumber Bites
Photo: 80 Twenty Nutrition
Avocado, Black Bean, and Tomato Salad
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"This yummy salad is a gluten-free and vegan addition to any party," says Lauren Harris-Pincus, M.S., R.D.N., owner of Nutrition Starring YOU. "Packed with 11 grams of fiber per serving and rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, it's a winner for everyone in the crowd. Serve it with veggies for dipping to provide even more fiber and nutrients." (P.S. Are these healthy high-fat foods in your diet? Because they should be.)
Get the recipe: Avocado, Black Bean, and Tomato Salad
Photo: Nutrition Starring YOU
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"These eggplant balls are a delicious fan favorite, and they also happen to be heart healthy," says Chelsey Amer, M.S., R.D.N., blogger at C It Nutritionally. "The base of this recipe consists of fiber-filled vegetables and whole grains, which studies show helps lower cholesterol." The balls contain oregano and garlic, both of which have been said to have anti-inflammatory properties. (In the mood for more eggplant? Check out these 10 new ways to make it.)
Get the recipe: Eggplant Balls
Photo: C It Nutitionally
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"The dip is delicious, flavorful, and loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and healthy fats," says Cheryl Harris, M.P.H., R.D., a nutritionist and wellness coach. "It's lighter than a traditional guac, and the avocados are a creamy complement to the tomatoes." Serve it with jicama sticks for added fiber. Bonus: This recipe doubles easily for a crowd.
Get the recipe: Salsa Mole
Photo: Gluten Free Goodness
Sundried Tomato Tuna Bites
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These flavorful little tuna bites make eating heart-healthy seafood more delicious than ever. Try the recipe from Liz Weiss, M.S., R.D., and Janice Bissex, M.S., R.D., the bloggers behind Meal Makeover Moms' Kitchen, for your next party.
Get the recipe: Sundried Tomato Tuna Bites
Photo: Meal Makeover Moms' Kitchen
Tabouleh-Stuffed Mini Peppers
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This version of heart-healthy tabbouleh is made with bulgur, a whole grain that will fill you up, and the peppers add a bit of crunch and are rich in potassium, fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C. "That adds up to a winner on the party table," says Judy Barbe, R.D., author of Your 6-Week Guide to LiveBest. (Next up, switch up your healthy carbs and give these other ancient grains a try.)
Get the recipe: Tabouleh-Stuffed Mini Peppers
Salmon-Wrapped Hearts of Palm
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"Salmon is a potent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help decrease triglycerides, reduce blood clotting, and decrease stroke and heart failure risk," says Karina Knight, M.B.A., M.S., R.D., founder of California Nutrition Group in Sacramento. Plus, hearts of palm contain fiber, which helps lower your risk of heart disease, and avocados are not only a good source of healthy fats but also potassium, which can lower your blood pressure.
Get the recipe: Salmon-Wrapped Hearts of Palm
Photo: California Nutrition Group
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
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"This dip is creamy and flavorful without the excessive saturated fat and sodium that can negatively impact heart health," says Kelly Jones, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., blogger at Eat Real Live Well. The white beans and artichokes are rich in soluble fiber, which helps you maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Plus, spinach contains antioxidants called phytochemicals that can support heart health.
Get the recipe: Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Photo: Eat Real Live Well
Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
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This easy appetizer idea is also filled with lean protein. All you have to do is pair chicken breast with lettuce for a heart-healthy, low-carb finger food. "These are low-fat, lean, and have lots of vegetables," says Anne Danahy, M.S., R.D.N., blogger at Craving Something Healthy. Bonus: Per serving, you get 60 percent of your daily need for protein. (If you know you'll have some guests with dietary restrictions, you may want to take a look at these ideas for gluten-free party foods, too.)
Get the recipe: Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Photo: Craving Something Healthy