Quick and Easy Healthy Appetizers

Appetizers can be your worst enemy when it comes to dieting! They're so small and look so innocent, but they often contain far more calories than you might like. Before you know it, you've eaten a half-dozen appetizers, and you've gone way overboard on calories. Check out these amazingly healthy appetizers that can help you limit your food intake:

Roasted Almonds

Almonds make for an excellent snack, as they are rich in fiber, protein, and healthy fats. Adding a bit of sweetness (from honey or agave nectar) and spice (from cinnamon or nutmeg) will give them an exotic flavor. Simply place the almonds in a mixing bowl, drizzle your sweetener over the nuts, sprinkle in the spice, and mix. Place the almonds in the oven and roast. It makes for a GREAT seasonal treat!

Candied Cranberries

If you want to serve something sweet to your guests but don’t want to break out the chocolates quite yet, these candied fruits are an excellent treat. The cranberries pack a Vitamin C punch, and they're a low-calorie, high-antioxidant treat. All you have to do is roll fresh cranberries in sugar and gelatin, place in the dehydrator for a few hours, and enjoy.

Herbed Goat Cheese Crostini

Bread may not be the best choice for your diet, but it's always nice to have a slice or two on occasion. Slice a whole wheat baguette thinly, and sprinkle a bit of olive oil, salt, and your favorite herbs onto the bread. Spread a bit of goat cheese mixed with Greek yoghurt, garlic, scallions, black pepper, and thyme atop the bread, and toast. You can even add olive slices or roasted red peppers for a bit of extra flavor!

Avocado Toast

This may sound a bit simplistic for a dinner party, but it's a great snack for people who want to eat healthy and don't mind keeping it simple. Toast some whole wheat bread, drizzle on a bit of olive oil, sprinkle with salt and garlic powder, and add your avocado slices atop it all. Finish with a spritz of lime and a bit of crushed red pepper.

Hummus

It may be weird to think of hummus as an appetizer, but it's a quick and easy food that will be EXCELLENT to eat if you want to stay healthy. Place a can of chickpeas in the blender, add a tablespoon of tahini, drop in a few chipotle chilies, and finish off with lemon juice, a tablespoon of olive oil, black pepper, a lot of salt, and a few herbs and spices. Blend well and serve with either baked pita chips or celery and carrot sticks.

Crispy Kale Chips

While kale may not be your idea of a delicious treat, it's healthy and can be surprisingly delicious. All you have to do is place them on a tray and set them in a hot oven for a few minutes. You can sprinkle a bit of olive oil, lemon, salt, and garlic onto the kale before baking. Let them cook for no more than 10 to 12 minutes, grate cheese on them when they are fresh out of the oven. The result is a green snack you can't help but love!

Pizza Toast

Who doesn't love pizza? Sadly, it's not the healthiest of treats--unless, of course, you make it using whole wheat toast and top it with veggies! Simply slice a whole wheat loaf into thin slices, add your tomato sauce, sprinkle on the cheese, and add a spoonful of veggies like diced bell peppers, onions, and zucchini. Toast in the oven, serve, and enjoy.

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