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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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ticamorena ticamorena 6 years
maybe i'm in the minority who would never dream of substituting my scrumptious wholegrain crackers for fruit or veg - i eat enough apples, pears and raw carrots (min 2 daily) throughout the day that when it's cracker time, i'm all business - i like them with honey & pb or ham & honey (but never cheese, which I nibble on its own once in a blue moon)
Advah Advah 6 years
Apple slices with peanut butter AND fluff! I'm OBSESSED! (btw I have some ricemellow vegan fluff that's just incredible, you should really give it a try if you haven't!)
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
baby carrots and hummus
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
baby carrots and hummus
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Delicious. The edamole recipe looks good.
JuicyNoelle JuicyNoelle 6 years
"ants on a log" also known as celery with almond butter and a few raisins continues to be a favorite of mine from childhood!
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I like to eat baby carrots and celery sticks with salsa mixed with a little plain yogurt. It's spicy and a little creamy, but without a lot of calories.
SFCA SFCA 6 years
Yum! Sounds good to me. I LOVE peanut butter and apples!
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