38 Healthy Party Appetizers to Celebrate the Super Bowl
Super Bowl Sunday is the perfect excuse for socializing with snacks. Chips and dip are often the high-calorie usual, but these 38 recipes are low in calories and full of flavor. From vegan bites to protein-packed dips, these appetizers make it easy to create a satisfying menu minus the guilt. With a few simple swaps — like opting to bake (not fry) — you're sure to be the most appreciated party host!
Beet-Mint Yogurt Dip
Beet-mint yogurt dip is just as tasty as it is pretty. Greek yogurt keeps it light, while garlic and beets give the dip a savory and satisfying taste.
Baked Mozzarella Sticks
Forget the fryer; opt for baked mozzarella sticks for your next party. Add a little fresh tomato sauce to the side, and you've cooked up gooey goodness at a fraction of the calories.
Edamame and Pear Crostini
Wow your friends with these slightly sweet and refreshing edamame bites. Since they're only 62 calories per serving, you can have more than one!
Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
With fewer than 155 calories per serving (including the creamy and spicy chipotle-pepper dip!) and lots of vitamin A, these crisp and satisfying wedges are perfect to bake up the next time you're jonesing for some french-fried goodness.
Sweet Potato Chips
These potato chips are baked, not fried, and because they're made with sweet potatoes, they're also a crunchy way to get your daily dose of vitamin A.
Creamy zucchini boats are the ideal low-carb and low-cal appetizer. This satisfying squash offering is just 25 calories per serving.
Roasted Tomato Hummus
Whip up a batch of roasted tomato hummus — you'll love it so much that you'll be making it at every party you host.
Spicy Black Bean Hummus
A twist on traditional hummus, this dip is made with black beans instead, which contain more fiber than chickpeas. Serve yours with whole-wheat crackers, tortilla chips, or veggies — a two-tablespoon serving is 43 calories.
It's hard to have any sort of party spread without guacamole. Made the traditional way, it's pretty great given that its main ingredient is heart-healthy, fiber-filled avocado, but there can be too much of a good thing.
If guacamole is your kryptonite, make this low-fat, high-protein version instead. The recipe relies on fewer avocados but still retains its creamy goodness through protein-rich Greek yogurt.
Much healthier than a big ol' bowl of greasy Lays, these kale chips take about 30 minutes to crisp up in the oven. Make them ahead of time and I guarantee you won't have a single chip left.
Green Goddess Hummus
Supercreamy and light, this green goddess hummus is packed with tons of fresh herbs including parsley, tarragon, and chives to increase the flavor without adding unnecessary calories.
Baked Thai Chicken Wontons
Instead of frying, try baking your wontons to cut down on fat and calories. Loaded with Thai flavor and ingredients, these poppers are only 43 calories and 1.5 grams of fat.
You'll never buy the jarred stuff again! This smoky chipotle-tomatillo salsa is made with just a handful of clean ingredients like chipotles in adobo, garlic, and cilantro.
Cucumber Cups With Spicy Tapenade
Skip the crackers and enjoy this tapenade in adorable cucumber cups. Made with kalamata olives, capers, and red jalapeño peppers for a little kick, five of these spicy bites are 88 calories and offer 2.6 grams of fiber.
Mango Red Pepper Salsa
If you've never made your own salsa, it couldn't be easier — just dice up everything, stir it in a bowl, and allow the flavors to mix and mingle in the fridge. Serve it with corn chips and your guests will keep going back for more of those sweet, juicy, low-cal bites.
Baked Coconut Shrimp
Give your party a kick with this baked coconut shrimp recipe. Typically served with a sweet and spicy Asian sauce, this version is paired with something a little creamier and with less sugar. The dip also uses protein-packed Greek yogurt.
Creamy White Bean Dip
This zesty bean dip is made with cannellini beans, plain nonfat Greek yogurt, fresh dill, and lemon juice. Served with low-calorie veggies, this appetizer is healthy and takes minutes to whip up.
Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms
You would never guess that these stuffed mushrooms are vegan! Not only is the creamy filling delicious, but it also works well as a vegan-friendly dip if mushrooms aren't your favorite.
Spinach Dip With Flaxseed Crackers
Much like other healthy spinach dips, this recipe uses nonfat Greek yogurt, but the surprise is the addition of fresh, chopped watercress — high in vitamins A and C. Serve the dip with a batch of gluten-free flaxseed crackers, which are high in fiber and easy to make instead of buy.
Crispy Cauliflower Buffalo Wings
Crispy on the outside yet soft on the inside, these cauliflower bites are the closest a vegetarian gets to a "real" buffalo wing experience.
Baked Cracked-Pepper Potato Chips With Onion Dip
For a healthier take on classic onion dip, try this version that's made with Greek yogurt. The recipe calls for homemade chips and dip and can be made the night before your event.
What's a party without bruschetta? Make this recipe and impress guests with a healthy, satisfying crunch and creamy saltiness. Each serving runs about 100 calories.
Kale Ricotta Dip
For a healthy twist on a dip usually loaded with calories, try this low-calorie kale ricotta dip. At only 24 calories per 1/4-cup serving, it's practically guilt-free and tastes great with sliced veggies or baked pita chips.
Vegan Cucumber Tofu Rolls
Usually a part of the main entree, tofu makes an appearance in this healthy and eye-catching appetizer. You can prepare the tofu ahead of time and store it in the fridge to whip up these protein-packed vegan cucumber tofu rolls in a matter of minutes before guests arrive. Each roll is only 39 calories!
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
If you love artichoke dip but don't love the calories and fat that come with the traditional recipe, try this lightened-up version. Serve with toasted pieces of gluten-free bread.
This recipe for baked crab rangoon cuts out the grease and the cream cheese but not the flavor.
Skip greasy potato chips and crunch on Paleo-friendly seaweed snacks instead. This spicy low-carb snack is rich in vitamins with the right amount of heat for spice-lovers.
Edamame, soy, and wasabi blend together in this Asian-inspired vegan spread. Full of essential nutrients like folate and calcium, this tangy soy-wasabi spread offers a quick punch of protein and only takes 10 minutes to prepare. Serve with low-calorie rice crackers for a complementary crunch!
Roasted Winter Squash Hummus
Classic hummus has its place, but this squash hummus takes advantage of Fall and Winter's bountiful squash harvest. Since it's high in vitamin A from the squash and healthy fats from the tahini and olive oil, it's a healthy dip addition to any potluck party.
Honey Roasted Cinnamon Chickpeas
Who says your appetizer has to be savory? For a sweeter bite-size predinner nibble, make these honey roasted cinnamon chickpeas. High in protein and fiber, chickpeas offer a satisfying crunch when roasted, so they make a delicious twist to the basic bowl of nuts normally served. If you're not into the sweetness factor, this recipe offers a spicier bite.
Skewered Shrimp With Homemade Mango Marinade
Cooked on the grill or in a pan, these skewered shrimp are marinated in a homemade sauce made with mango, jalapeños, and cumin. With a touch of tropical flavor, these apps are easy to make and full of protein.
Vegetable Chard Wraps
These beautiful vegetable chard wraps are almost too pretty to eat. They're crunchy, spicy, and equipped with a yummy ginger-lime dipping sauce.
Fans of guacamole will love edamole: it's similar to the real thing but is made from edamame, not avocado. These soybeans are high in protein but low in fat and calories. (This dip tastes equally good as a sandwich spread.)
Gluten-Free Quinoa Pizza Bites
Crazy for pizza? Here's a healthier option featuring the goodness of quinoa — just 48 calories per bite.
Dry Roasted Edamame With Black Sesame Seeds
Packed with protein, edamame is traditionally steamed in the pods and lightly salted, but you can impress your guests with roasted edamame instead. One serving offers 3.5 grams of fiber and 8.9 grams of protein.
Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip
Rethink ranch dip by substituting Greek yogurt for sour cream and mayonnaise. Instead of the powdered spices and salt, quickly chop up some chives, parsley, and garlic for our Greek yogurt ranch dip. There is so much flavor packed in these fresh herbs that only a little salt is needed to satisfy your palate.