Whether throwing an end-of-summer party or simply need ideas for upcoming events, you don’t want to serve calorie-heavy options that set you and your guests back diet-wise. Check out a few healthy party food recipes that help avoid post-shindig food guilt for quick weight loss:

Roasted Chickpeas

From Fitness magazine:


1 15 – ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon hot sauce

Pinch paprika

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

Pinch coarse sea salt


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Toss the chickpeas with the olive oil, hot sauce, paprika, salt and black pepper. Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet and roast until browned, 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool on the sheet, about 5 minutes. Toss with the parsley and sea salt, transfer to a bowl and serve.

Pear and Pistachio Guacamole

From Food Network


3 Hass avocados, halved, pitted and cubed

2 firm ripe Seckel pears or 1 large Anjou pear, cored and finely diced

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

3/4 teaspoon ground coriander

Kosher salt

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1 small jalapeno, minced with some seeds

Freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons chopped roasted pistachios

Lime wedges, for serving

Blue corn tortilla chips, for serving


Toss together the avocados and pears in a medium bowl. Stir in the cilantro, lime juice, coriander, 1/2 teaspoon salt, the garlic and jalapenos until combined. Add additional salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a serving bowl, sprinkle with the pistachios and serve with lime wedges and blue corn tortilla chips.

Fresh Herb-Tomato Crostini

From Southern Living


1/4 cup olive oil

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2 garlic cloves, pressed

1 (8.5-oz.) French bread baguette, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

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2 tablespoons olive oil

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1/4 teaspoon salt

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1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 large tomato, finely chopped

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3/4 cup finely chopped green onions

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint


Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together olive oil and garlic; brush on 1 side of each bread slice. Place bread slices, garlic sides up, on a baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly toasted. Whisk together lemon juice and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Add tomato and next 3 ingredients; gently toss to coat.

Top each bread slice with tomato mixture (about 2 rounded teaspoonfuls each). Sprinkle with cheese.

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