7 Slim Party Snacks
Sept. 17, 2011
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A gathering with friends doesn't have to mean a diet derail.
Some things at a party are essential: great company, great conversation and great food. The latter doesn't have to leave you or your health-conscious guests with post-party guilt. Reach for fresh, simple snacks in place of processed foods for delicious and nutritious picks that are sure to please.
Shrimp offers a low calorie fan favorite.
Shrimp is a great source of Vitamin B12, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium and the essential amino acid tryptophan. Steamed or boiled shrimp are low in calories and easy to nosh on with a crowd. To avoid the excess sugar in ketchup and cocktail sauce, try a homemade salsa or simple mixture of hot sauce and lemon juice.
Use skewers for practically and presentation.
Opt for grilled vegetables to highlight the best seasonal produce in your area. Guests will enjoy a myriad of health benefits including a healthy dose of nutrients that can help decrease blood pressure and cholesterol and reduce the risk of chronic disease. Drizzle vegetables with olive oil, canola oil or peanut oil before grilling.
Parmesan is a great pairing with a glass of red wine.
Parmesan cheese is full in flavor and rich in calcium and phosphorus which are essential to healthy bones. Dieters commonly turn to Parmesan because of its rich flavor which can be enjoyed in small quantities. Slice Parmesan thinly and top with a drop of aged balsamic vinegar for a flavor-forward snack.
Serve your kebabs with save for a fragrant, earthy kick in seasoning.
Chicken is lean, low in fat and offers a great source of protein -- which can keep you and your guests fuller, longer. Treat your group to chicken kebabs filled with bite sized cuts of chicken and assorted vegetables like zucchini and tomato.
Choose a variety of fresh fish -- like Salmon -- to color your platter.
Fresh sashimi is a vitamin-packed delicacy, and it's rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin B-3 and B-6. Benefits of Vitamin B consumption include healthy skin, hair and eyes. This decadent snack provides plenty of protein and offers a visually appealing assortment for your table.
Kiwis are high in Vitamin C and dietary fiber.
Head to your local farmer's market or grocer to select in-season fruits. Fiber-rich fruits (and general crowd-pleasers) include raspberries, apples and strawberries. Cherries are super rich in antioxidants and make for a colorful, festive fruit cup.
Skewers put a welcome spin on this classic party snack.
Make the caprese party staple portable by creating mini skewers. Fresh tomatoes are high in the antioxidant lycopene and potassium which can help combat heart disease. Creamy mozzarella and fresh basil complement the powerful veggie pick for a savory, satisfying trio.
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