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Low-Calorie Appetizer Idea: Sliced Fruit and Veggies Instead of Crackers

Bye-Bye Crackers, Hello Sliced Fruit and Veggies

Crackers and cheese are popular party platter foods, but I find that I end up filling up on crackers and spoil my appetite for dinner. Here's a healthier option for finger food that's lower in calories, but will offer the same firmness as a cracker. Forgo those salty rectangles and use sliced veggies and fruits as your vehicles for cheeses, dips, and spreads instead. Here are some ideas:

  • Pear slices with cheese
  • Apple or banana slices with peanut butter dip
  • Sliced strawberries with maple Greek yogurt
  • Cucumber slices with yogurt dill dip or lox spread with capers
  • Sliced tomato with mozzarella and basil (I call them Caprese stackers)
  • Red, yellow, or green pepper triangles with creamy white bean dip
  • Lightly grilled zucchini slices with homemade hummus
  • Celery sticks with tuna salad
  • Tomato slices with edamole (an even healthier version of guac)

If you have any other ideas, tell me about them below.

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