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Entertaining Eats: 10 Delicious, Healthy Party Foods

It’s time to stop trying to make “pigs in a gluten-free blanket” work. The real key to healthy party foods is to start with simple, good-for-you ingredients.

Whether you’re having people over for a birthday, baby shower, or the big game, these recipes for flavorful finger foods are all just as nutritious as they are easy to make.

From lettuce cups to prosciutto-wrapped peppers, many of them are so creative and pretty, they’ll impress your friends (and make for a great Insta shot), too.

RELATED: How to Create the Perfect Party Platter

Bookmark these healthy party foods for your next get-together, now.

10 Healthy Party Foods

  • Broccoli Rabe Quesadilla

    Who doesn’t love a cheesy quesadilla? This one layers nutrient-dense broccoli rabe (fiber! vitamins!) into the protein-packed cheese and black beans—and holds it all together with a tortilla made with whole grains instead of white flour.

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  • Spiced Nuts

    Happy snacking is easy to make happen with this quick way to punch up almonds, cashews, or peanuts, all of which deliver protein and healthy fats.

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  • Kohlrabi Fries

    What’s a party without fries? Instead of white potatoes, kohlrabi is a root vegetable that’s fiber-rich and filled with potassium. Just toss the slivers in heart-healthy olive oil, add nutritious spices, and bake.

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  • Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Jalapeños

    Meat lovers won’t even notice there are nutritious veggies wrapped in these cheesy, spicy, bite-sized morsels.

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  • Sweet Potato Nachos

    Nachos are pretty much a guaranteed crowd-pleaser when it comes to party food. Sweet potato nachos are the same, except much healthier.

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  • Baba Ghanhoush Hummus

    Give your go-to hummus recipe an upgrade by adding eggplant (more veggies = always a good idea). Serve it with raw veggies, healthy crackers, or…

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  • Baked Zucchini Chips

    Leave the Lay’s on the shelf. Instead, put out bowls of these healthy zucchini chips for guests to grab a crispy, salty bite or to use for dipping.

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  • Healthy Chicken Fingers

    Depending on the kind of party, you can flavor them for kids (um, plain?) or grown-ups (parsley, mint, oregano!).

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  • Easy Lettuce Cups

    These cute cups are filled with lean protein and fiber to keep guests from overeating from the party spread. Tabouleh contains antioxidant-rich veggies and herbs like onions, tomatoes, and parsley, and oh-so-amazing avocados for healthy fats.

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  • Beet Dip and Crudite

    A creative alternative to hummus that’s also rich in protein and flavor is just made for crudite. It’s also the most photogenic party dish you’ll ever make, thanks to a deep purple hue.

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