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11 Guilt-Free Party Snacks


Who says you can't party with a healthy, clear conscience?

Party Healthy and Happy with These Recipes

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were a way to avoid ruining your diet and still get your party food fix, whether you are attending a party or hosting one? The good news is that party eating doesn’t have to equal unhealthy eating.

Fernanda Capobianco’s Pissaladière with Vegetables and Olives

“Half tart, half pizza, the pissaladière is a classic recipe from the Provence region of France. My version features a mélange of multi-colored vegetables – zucchini, fennel, eggplant, and onions – on top of an olive oil-enriched crust,” says chef Fernanda Capobianco of vegan bakery Vegan Divas NYC. “It’s ideal as a main dish for dinner alongside a green salad – a great recipe for entertaining. Leave the vegetables premade and each guest can make or choose their topping.”

Click here for Fernanda Capobianco’s Pissaladière with Vegetables and Olives recipe!

Art Smith’s Unfried Chicken with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Chef Brian Tsao’s Sesame Leaf Wrap

Mira Sushi chef Chef Brian Tsao's sesame leaf wrap is extremely healthy – it features fresh vegetables and basic zesty flavors. The crunchy vegetables like cucumbers and carrots give the dish texture and the sesame binds all the vibrant flavors together to give the dish a savory appeal.

Click here for Chef Brian Tsao’s Sesame Leaf Wrap recipe!

Sarah Haley’s N.F.C. Salad

Holly Clegg’s Eight Layered Greek Dip

Holly Clegg’s Olive Cheese Cocktail Bread

Erin Palinski-Wade’s Bacon & Cheese Clam Pizza Bites

Valerie Cogswell’s Power Crunch Cheesecake Custard with Raspberries, Whipped Cream and Graham Cracker Crunch

The Biggest Loser Bootcamp Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

The chefs behind The Biggest Loser Bootcamp: The 8-Week Get-Real, Get-Results Weight-Loss Program are all about finding healthy and delicious recipes to party with. This simple, decadent fudge is low in fat thanks to evaporated milk and powdered peanut butter. Just be sure to choose high-quality chocolate for best results.

Click here for The Biggest Loser Bootcamp Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge recipe!

Jenny Engel and Heather Goldberg’s Mini Pistachio Chewy Bite Rum Bundt Cakes

Chef Luca Manfe’s Pandoro Blueberry Trifle

Bauli chef ambassador and winner of Masterchef Season 4 Luca Manfe’s blueberry trifle is a delicious, guilt-free dessert that can be rustled up in no time Greek yogurt provides an unique texture and flavorthat may seem indulgent, but will allow guests to snack knowing that they’re actually cutting back on the calories they’d be consuming if you’d used more traditional trifle ingredients like whipped or sour cream.

Click here for Master Chef Winner Luca Manfe’s Pandoro Blueberry Trifle recipe!


11 Easy Ways to Make Your Summer Party a Little Healthier

Hosting a summer soirée? These expert tricks for healthy food will keep your bash fun, delicious, and ensure guests won't feel as if they need to go for a walk after dinner.

Hosting a summer soirée? These expert tricks for healthy food will keep your bash fun, delicious, and ensure guests won't feel as if they need to go for a walk after dinner.

All of your favorite summer cocktails have one thing in common: they're loaded with sugar. In just a half cup of margarita mix, for instance, you're taking in 24 grams alone. And let's be honest &mdash that's basically a serving size for ants. Luckily, you don't need a pound of sugar to make your drinks taste tasty. Fill your glass with wholesome ingredients and a splash of booze you won't miss the sugar-loaded stuff a bit.

Is a summer gathering really a summer gathering without a big bowl of crunchy chips? No. And that's exactly why it's time to swap out the bagged version for something healthier, but just as tasty. By making a homemade version of your favorites &mdash from regular ol' potatoes to different varieties like carrot and beet chips &mdash you'll cut down on calories with minimal effort.

Everything good in the summer is served out of a bun. Burgers, hot dogs &mdash the list goes on and on. But an easy way to cut some calories is to ditch the bun and use a bibb lettuce wrap instead. It's fresh, tasty, and totally guilt-free. And to make things even healthier, swap out your beef burger for a veggie version like this one from The First Mess.

Making your own ice cream may sound like a lot of work, but this alternative dessert will be ready as soon as you hit "start." Follow Clean Food author Terry Walters' lead and throw pecans, almonds, a dash of vanilla, a few sprinkles of cinnamon, and ice into a high-power blender for an instantaneous &mdash and shockingly creamy &mdash treat.

Salad greens with cucumbers and tomatoes get old fast. Walters recommends switching it up with a bed of kale, pumpkin seeds &mdash an excellent source of zinc &mdash and dried goji berries, drizzled with a little olive oil and lemon for a satisfying starter.

Take The Omni Diet author Tana Amen's cue when it comes to choosing a light but satisfying appetizer. Combine chopped shrimp, mixed greens, and julienned carrots, cucumbers, and mangoes, then wrap in rice paper. Instead of serving the rolls with traditional cocktail sauce, make a dip by mixing a half-cup of light coconut milk, one tablespoon of honey, a little lime juice, and sprinkles of curry powder, cinnamon, turmeric, and cilantro.

Store-bought rubs and glazes often contain gluten, and given the rise in sensitivity to the protein, one of your guests is bound to be gluten-free. Head off complaints by pouring a glaze of reduced low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth, chives, and cilantro over meat or fish. Or, whip up Amen's favorite marinade of rosemary, thyme, lemon juice, olive oil, and sea salt.

Or shooters, at least. Skip canned coconut juice and instead crack open a real coconut. Mix with vodka in a pitcher, and garnish with basil leaves for a real treat, says Foodist author Darya Rose.

Summer heat &mdash and extra booze &mdash may make you mistake thirst for hunger, says Ashley Koff, R.D. Instead of relying on water to keep you hydrated, plan a fiber-filled party menu since these kinds of foods hold on to more water. Assemble a beautiful plate full of fresh-cut farmer's market veggies with seasoned sea salt for dipping, or stuff puréed beans into lettuce "burritos" along with plenty of crunchy, bite-size veggies for a healthy and colorful spread.

We won't lie to you &mdash if you merely serve fruit in lieu of a sweet dessert, guests may be disappointed. However, when presented with Amen's macadamia-nut sauce, no one will be waiting for the cake to appear. In a high-power blender, mix a half-cup of macadamia nuts, two tablespoons of coconut flakes, a half-cup of light coconut milk, 10 drops of stevia, one tablespoon of raw honey, and one-quarter cup of unsweetened almond milk. Then drizzle over three cups of berries. "These healthy fats and proteins send the signal to your brain that you're full, so you don't gorge," says Amen.

You want to serve a vegetable-rich meal, but if this is a family affair, kids may not be so wild about the idea. Amen, the mother of a nine-year-old daughter, heads off complaints by making chili, mixing one-third of the meat and sauce with three cups of veggies in a high-power blender. She then throws the mixture back in the pot with the rest of the chili. "That purées the vegetables," says Amen. "Kids don't see or taste it, but they're happy to eat it."

Instead of claiming you'll drink a glass of water between every alcoholic drink &mdash c'mon, who actually does that? &mdash try this fun trick to stay hydrated: Make coconut water ice cubes, and drop them in beverages. You can even freeze a berry inside to make them extra picture-worthy.

Additives like flax, hemp, and chia seeds are all the rage &mdash and for good reason. "Chia seeds create a wet food because they expand to six times their size in water," says Koff. "That means you can get full on half the food, and they're a good source of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids." Next time you barbecue, mix a handful with ground turkey meat and you'll find yourself just as satisfied by a four-ounce burger as by your standard eight-ounce helping.

Unlike salt, which often spurs sugar cravings, spices are a satisfying way to up flavor with a ton of health benefits. Many help kill off bacteria, and studies have shown that spicy foods cause us to eat less. Koff recommends adding chili powder and Indian spice blends to potato salad, which will make it easy to keep portions under control, not to mention have guests demanding your secret recipe.


11 Guilt-Free Holiday Recipes

Love the holidays — but not the way you feel, or the way your clothes fit, afterward? Try any of these satisfying recipes from Mark Hyman, MD, Director of our Center for Functional Medicine, and you’ll cruise through the holidays looking (and feeling) great!

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    Invited to a party (or hosting) and stumped for a tasty yet healthy appetizer? Try this easy recipe it’s super simple (though it doesn’t taste like it). But that can be our little secret!
  1. Roast Chicken Raspberry and Walnut Salad
    Here’s a festive, healthy twist on classic chicken salad. Roast the chicken a few days ahead to make assembly faster, or use leftover roast chicken or rotisserie chicken from the store.
    Cashew butter gives the gravy an amazingly smooth richness. It’s a delicious accompaniment to the crisp-skinned chicken breast. Save the extra gravy for another chicken dish!
    A colorful dish is a favorite at Thanksgiving (but simple enough to try any time of year)! It takes just 15 minutes to prep for the oven and can serve 4 people.
    Start preparing this zero-fuss meal Sunday night. Then, before you leave for work on Monday, turn on your slow cooker, and let the aroma of herbs, spices and savory meat permeate your home!
    This easy casserole features spiced ground lamb, but works with beef and bison, too. The top may look like high-carb mashed potatoes, but we use pureed cauliflower instead. You’ll love the switch!
    This easy, tasty, side is great with turkey, braised chicken or baked fish. The squash cooks soft in the center and slightly crispy on the outside, creating an earthy, satisfying dish. The sweet roasted garlic pairs well with the squash and shallots.
    When you’re incorporating starchy vegetables into your diet, try this sweet and tasty side dish. It’s a great addition to any holiday meal.
    Ready to kick that jellied cranberry sauce to the curb? Here’s a perfect substitute that’s bursting with flavor, but won’t keep you in the kitchen long.
    Don’t reserve pumpkin for your pumpkin spice lattes and pie! These easy spice cookies are a great way to spread the pumpkin love throughout the season.
    This creamy, low-carb smoothie is a fabulous way to start your day and get into fat-burning mode! As an added benefit, ginger is great for your digestion.

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11 Guilt-Free Air Fryer Recipes

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Air fryer recipes are on trend. for good reason! This countertop kitchen appliance can help you make all kinds of indulgent recipes with only a fraction of the fat and calories. From easy appetizers to hearty main dish recipes, you can use an air fryer to make your life in the kitchen easier (and healthier!).

What is an air fryer? It's a small appliance that cooks food by circulating hot air, cooking food to a crisp texture quickly. You can make crispy French fries using only about a tablespoon of oil, instead of the cups that it would take in a deep fryer. You can also use an air fryer to cook lots of other kinds of food!

Here are some of our favorite recipes using an air fryer, from easy appetizers to mouthwatering mains.

Air Fryer French Fries

This is one of the recipes that everyone is most excited about. Everyone loves fries, but most of us could do without the extra fat and calories. That's now easy to do! Get the recipe.

Air Fryer Chicken Wings

You might think that chicken wings are only delicious if they're deep fried. think again! This healthy recipe is indulgent and totally tasty. Just look at all that yummy Parmesan cheese. Get the recipe.

Air Fryer Thai Peanut Egg Rolls

Egg rolls are one of our go-to indulgent appetizers, and this Thai peanut version is absolutely crave-worthy! Luckily, you don't have to feel guilty about noshing on these air fryer egg rolls, because they're made with so much less oil than traditional fried variations. We also love the color and rich dipping sauce here! Get the recipe from The Creative Bite.

Photo courtesy of The Creative Bite.

Air Fryer Breakfast Pockets

Think your air fryer can only cook appetizers? Think again! These delicious air fryer breakfast pockets are filled with gooey cheese, fluffy eggs, and other yummy ingredients. We love that they're filling, but not too heavy, and they're quick to make. Get the recipe from Ginger Casa!

Photo courtesy of Ginger Casa.

Italian Rice Balls

These delicious Italian rice balls - or arancini - are usually a guilty pleasure that we totally love. But with an air fryer, there's no need to feel any guilt! They're cooked with minimal oil and are still crispy, gooey, and great with marinara sauce. Get the recipe.

Air Fryer Parmesan Shrimp

Did you know that you're only 10 minutes away from a plate of delicious, Parmesan-crusted shrimp? It's true! This smart recipe is easy to make, and it's the perfect way to pack healthy protein into a lunch or dinner. Serve it up with some veggies or brown rice, and you've got a fast and healthy air fryer dinner in no time. Get the recipe from Bitz & Giggles!

Photo courtesy of Bitz & Giggles.

Air Fryer Chocolate Cake

Yes, you can! This smart recipe proves that air fryers really can do anything. They can even make a chocolate cake that you'll be proud to serve to your friends and family. It's a perfect recipe for days when you don't want to turn on the oven. or any day, really!

Garlic Air Fryer Almonds

If you're looking for a healthy treat that doesn't feel healthy. take a look at these garlic air fryer almonds. These roasted nuts are so easy to make, and they are the perfect thing to munch on during your next party (or game day!). They also make an awesome grab-and-go snack that's great for beach days, camping, road trips, and more. You name the event, and these air fryer almonds are the perfect treat.

Perfect Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

Your favorite guilty pleasure snack just got an upgrade! Using an air fryer for a recipe like this is so smart, because it solves one of the problems that people often have with making grilled cheese: it's hard to get it to cook evenly! Using an air fryer ensures that this gooey, cheesy sandwich cooks to the perfect shade of golden brown every time. Your family will love this magical change to a classic food.

Air Fryer French Toast

This recipe is a great example of how versatile an air fryer really is. You might not have thought to make breakfast in an air fryer, but this French toast proves that you can do it (and it tastes delicious!). This French toast recipe turns out crisp, sweet, and totally delectable. You can top it with your favorite fruits, maple syrup, chocolate chips, or just a simple dusting of powdered sugar. Breakfast is served!

Air Fryer Cherry Pies

Are you a fan of hand pies? We certainly are! And this air fryer version is easy as pie (it takes the cake too--we're going all out with the dessert puns here). You'll let it cook to crisp, gooey perfection in your air fryer and then serve to your favorite people. These are great on their own, but we'll bet they'd taste pretty amazing with a scoop of vanilla ice cream too.


25 Mexican Appetizers for Cinco de Mayo (and Beyond)

There&rsquos never a bad time for Mexican appetizers. We&rsquore always craving fresh chunky salsa, impossibly creamy queso, and layers upon layers of nachos. Homemade guac is a frequent occurrence!

These easy appetizers satisfy every pre-dinner snacking need. Whether you prefer something fresh and cold or mini and melty, we have healthy appetizers (including vegetarian and gluten-free!) and decadent ones (behold, charred peppers with queso blanco) for your next party or Cinco de Mayo celebration. Ditch the forks and knives: These fun finger foods are meant to be enjoyed casually with a crowd. The only supplies you&rsquoll need? A bag of crispy corn chips, of course.

What do you serve at a Cinco de Mayo party?

We prefer easy, Mexican-inspired snacks that you can make ahead of time and enjoy with all of your friends and family. Yes &mdash all of these spicy, salty, addictive apps go well with margaritas. Try serving something cold if you&rsquore hosting on a hot day. The Chilled Corn Soup and the Charred Salsa are zesty, refreshing options. For something heartier &mdash perhaps made with ground beef &mdash the Cheesy Beef Empanadas will fill you up and absolutely bring the house down. Make sure you serve a variety of vegan (yes, we have a recipe for vegan queso), vegetarian, and meaty options so that it&rsquos truly a fiesta for all your friends. Oh, and make sure to stock up on avocados a few days in advance. You&rsquoll want them to be ripe and just as guacamole-ready as you are.


Grab-and-Go Goodness

Sometimes, you have no time to prepare office party snacks. That doesn’t mean you have to show up to your shindig empty handed. If you’re in a serious time crunch, grab any of these go-to office party snacks. They’re all healthy, delicious, and as quick and easy as snacks come.

22. Wonderful Pistachios

Pistachios are packed with nutrients, and their signature shells make it feel like you’re opening a present each time you eat one. Even better—a little bit goes a long way.

23. Rawxies Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars

These amazing bars let you eat chocolate chip cookie dough while being kind to your health. Everyone at your office party is going to love these.

24. Vegan Rob’s Cauliflower Puffs

Grab a bag of these puffs for a plant-based snack with a delightfully satisfying crunch that might just disrupt a few conversations. They’re certified vegan, non-gmo, and free of nasty trans fats. No one at your office party will be looking for the cheese puffs.

25. Hawaiian Snacks Luau BBQ Chips

Your office party does not have to be luau themed for these above-average chips to be a hit.

26. Pirate’s Booty

Your coworkers will fight over these light-as-air, baked snacks as though they’re buried gold. How many other packaged snacks can promise no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives?


9 Keto Protein Bars You Can Make For A Guilt-Free Dessert

Keto protein bars seem like a daunting task because of the ingredient restrictions. But with the keto recipes being on the rise, it becomes extremely easy to find the right keto protein bars for you! We’ve listed down the best-tasting and easiest keto protein bars we’ve scoured from the internet. Pick a favorite and enjoy…Continue Reading


Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

You'll want to have this jerky recipe on hand for all your snacking needs. It's a crispy, crunchy, dehydrated version of salmon meat that's high in fat and protein. The trick to making dry fish taste amazing is, of course, spicing it up. This recipe calls for soy sauce, lemon juice, sugar, and spices to make this the most craveable version of jerky you've ever tried.

Get our recipe for Lemon-Pepper Salmon Jerky.


In this imaginative party snack, addictive garlicky bread sticks and smoky, bacon-laced tomato sauce resemble french fries and ketchup.

For us, game day is all about salty snacks and cold beer. If you want to keep entertaining easy, serve crowd-pleasing appetizers like creamy guacamole, spicy chicken wings and cheesy nachos. Whether you&aposre hosting the whole neighborhood or heading to a potluck, these snacks are the perfect pairing for a day of football.

These slightly sweet, chewy, dark pretzel sticks are great on their own or with mustard. Or follow star chef Grant Achatz&aposs lead and try them with ranch dressing.


Buffet food ideas: 40 street party food ideas and recipes

Jessica Dady April 14, 2021 10:39 am

Making party food from scratch is doable with our selection of delicious, easy buffet food ideas. These party food ideas include both sweet and savoury recipes.

From warm sausage rolls to crunchy apple, walnut and stilton salad, from spring vegetable tortilla to potato salad, we’ve got lots of traditional party foods to choose from.

Our collection of party foods include classic street party foods, afternoon tea ideas, as well as some traditional British finger foods, and kids’ party food ideas too.

One of our favourite buffet food ideas has to be scotch eggs. As you can see in our video above, they’re so simple to make from scratch. Find out how to make scotch eggs with our simple step-by-step guide.


Watch the video: Guilt-Free Party Food: Pesto Shrimp Lollipops. Shape (November 2021).