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6 Quick and Easy 3-Ingredient Party Snacks

author image Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN
Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN, is a chef, nutritionist, recipe developer, media personality and award-winning cookbook author. She’s a culinary instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education and frequent contributor to Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine. Her newest book is the second edition of "The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook."

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6 Quick and Easy 3-Ingredient Party Snacks
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Whether it's a small get-together or a larger gathering of family and friends, appetizers are always a great option to give people a chance to mingle around the food tables. The key is to make it easy (on you) and delicious and healthy (for your guests), which is no easy feat. Here are six, three-ingredient appetizers that you can whip together in 15 minutes or less.

1. Guacamole “Egg Salad” Canapés
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It’s a good idea to have a few hard-boiled eggs in the fridge -- especially for whipping up a quick and satisfying snack with high-quality protein. When chilled and peeled, it’s tempting to eat the egg as is with a pinch of salt since it’s so quick. But if you’ve got a few minutes to spare, you can transform that plain boiled egg into dazzling, palate-pleasing canapés. Just top some thin whole-grain crackers with your favorite guacamole and an egg slice. They’re like miniature bites of deconstructed egg salad. You’ll love filling in your nutrient gaps with this snack or party app. CALORIES: 265

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2. Black Mission Fig and Ricotta Bites
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Snack food doesn’t have to be something crunchy that comes in a bag or is shaped like a bar. It can be beautiful, just like any other meal can and should be. Think of it more like a miniature meal, not an afterthought. Here are bites that provide that satisfying combination of dietary fiber and protein. The highlight is the fresh fig, seasonally available as early as May and as late as January. Since this recipe showcases the pretty side of snack food, you can let these quick-to-fix bites multitask as party food too. CALORIES: 215

Related: See Complete Recipe and Nutritional Info in LIVESTRONG.COM’s Calorie Tracker

3. Spicy Greek Nachos
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The term “nachos” conjures up an image of a heaping pile of greasy tortilla chips smothered with a goopy array of toppings. Talk about calorie overload! That’s not what these nachos are about. Rather, the concept is loosely applied here in a healthful manner with worldly flair and refined style. Whole-grain pita chips are topped with hummus and a pickled jalapeno pepper slice. You can actually buy all three of these ingredients prepared for you; all you need to do is assemble them. Not only is this snack (or party app) easy, it’s a fun way to boost bean intake. CALORIES: 279

Related: See Complete Recipe and Nutritional Info in LIVESTRONG.COM’s Calorie Tracker

4. Camembert and Wild Blueberry Jam Crostini
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Every once in a while, it’s OK to snack on something indulgent, such as Camembert or Brie cheese. Just plan it into a healthy eating repertoire and keep portions petite -- then savor it slowly, one bite at a time. After all, enjoyment is helpful for following a healthful lifestyle for the long term. And bite on this: According to recent Scandinavian research, eating full-fat dairy products like regular cheese may be associated with reduced risk of developing diabetes. Now that’s food for thought! CALORIES: 255

Related: See Complete Recipe and Nutritional Info in LIVESTRONG.COM’s Calorie Tracker

5. Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs
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For a sophisticated snack, this simple recipe is a winner. It starts with fresh fig halves. They’re one of the most intriguing fruits. They also happen to be sweet packages of fiber. They’re so easy to use because you just remove the stem and eat the rest. If you can’t find seasonal figs, try cubes of seedless watermelon or large halved strawberries instead. To finish making these luscious bites, you’ll roll soft goat cheese into balls, position on top of the halved figs and insert a pick. To eat, just dip into aged balsamic vinegar and enjoy. No double-dipping! CALORIES: 235

Related: See Complete Recipe and Nutritional Info in LIVESTRONG.COM’s Calorie Tracker

6. Curry Organic Chicken and Pepper Kebabs
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Chicken doesn’t need to be reserved for lunch or dinner. For those of you not following a vegetarian lifestyle, having chicken as a snack allows you to enjoy a smaller portion (like a three-ounce chicken thigh) without feeling like you’re skimping. Go organic if you can to assure it’s from chickens fed only organic feed, provided with access to the outdoors and not given antibiotics. Always plan to pair it with a vegetable or fruit for meals or snacks. Here, you’ll simply sprinkle chicken cubes with curry powder, put them onto skewers along with green bell pepper cubes and grill. You can make these ahead of time and enjoy them over the course of a couple of days. Delicious! CALORIES: 120

Related: See Complete Recipe and Nutritional Info in LIVESTRONG.COM’s Calorie Tracker

What Do YOU Think?
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What are your go-to party apps? Do you ever consider trying to make your party snacks more healthy? Which of these appetizers sounded the most appetizing to you? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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