I love nothing more than to play host to a bunch of friends and whip them up some delicious food!
But, as I’m sure you know, it’s challenging to do this while staying low-calorie. So many party foods are packed full of cheese and fat and most likely deep-fried, so keeping healthy can be tough.
Luckily, I am here with some ideas to help solve this problem.
Today, I am going to give you ideas for ten delicious low-calorie party foods that will have your guests talking about them for weeks to come.
Gomestic Fact: The best low-cal dipping sauces are mustard, hot sauce, and salsa.
10 Delicious Low-Calorie Part Foods
I know that eating low calories can be tricky, but I promise, there are ways to get around it that mean you never have to miss out.
These are the types of party treats that you can snack on all night long with none of the guilt. It’s all about highlighting some naturally delicious ingredients and knowing how to make them shine!
Be sure to replace any oil with coconut oil, so even shallow frying is a little bit healthier.
Panko-Crusted Tofu Bites
I had to start with this one because I think tofu is incredibly underappreciated. If I had to pick an ingredient to eat any day of the week, it would be tofu!
Tofu is a low-calorie, high-protein ingredient that can be cooked in many different ways.
Marinate the tofu in some soy, ginger, garlic, and chili before rolling in panko crumbs. Then they can be fried in coconut oil until golden. I like to serve them with soy and ginger dipping sauce.
Beef and Peanut Lettuce Cups
Tacos may be tasty, but you can still have the experience by replacing the tortilla with lettuce.
The lettuce makes this dish easy to eat as well as serves as a neutral base to the delicious, seasoned filling inside. Topping with peanuts is the perfect finishing ingredient for a little crunch.
I must admit, these chips smell kind of weird, but they taste so good, and they are so easy to make.
You can make kale chips by breaking the leaves into bite-sized pieces and dress them with a bit of oil and salt. Spread them on a tray and let them dry out; it’s as easy as that!
Sun Dried Tomato Hummus with Baked Tortilla Chips
Hummus is one of those magical dips that taste delicious as well as being low-calorie. Adding sundried tomatoes makes this dish that little bit special and oh-so-delicious.
Tortilla chips are generally the best low-cal chip option, but ensuring they are baked will make them even better and be the perfect accompaniment to this hummus.
Falafel with Tahini
Who needs a fatty meatball when you can have a crunchy falafel? I don’t know about you, but I would pick falafel any day!
Chickpeas are so tasty and good for you, and the added herbs make the flavor even better. Finish them off with a drizzle of tahini, and you have yourself a delicious dish.
These are great party foods because they can be popped on skewers, which makes them very easy to eat.
Pita Chips and Guacamole
Another way to make low-calorie chips is by drying out some sliced pita in the oven. It’s quick and easy, and becomes the perfect dipping chip.
Pair that with some nice lemony guacamole with a cilantro garnish, and enjoy!
I suggest sticking with wholewheat pitas to make these as beneficial as possible.
Shrimp Skewers and Satay Sauce
Shrimp is one of those scrumptious proteins that just so happens to be low calorie, which is very convenient.
I like to pop a few grilled shrimp on a cocktail stick and serve them alongside some healthy satay sauce. It’s a hit at every party.
Cauliflower Buffalo Wings
I must say, I think cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables. It’s so versatile, and it can be cooked in so many different ways.
The key is to add herbs and spices to the batter that makes the cauliflower sing. Then instead of frying, bake your cauliflower until it is crispy and crunchy.
Vegetable Summer Rolls
If you’re a spring roll fan, then why not try their healthier Vietnamese cousins, the summer roll?
These are tasty rolls that are wrapped in rice paper to create a little bundle of flavor. The filling is totally up to you, but it often features raw vegetables like carrots and spinach as well as proteins like tofu or chicken.
Pair it with a tasty dipping sauce, and you’re ready to go!
Edamame with Hoisin Sauce
The last but most simple low-calorie party snack is the humble edamame bean.
These little green beans are super fresh and tasty and pair well with an Asian sauce like Hoisin. You’ll be popping these in your mouth all night long.
Gomestic Tip: Stick to lean proteins like turkey, chicken, and shrimp for your meaty low-cal party foods.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What junk food has the least calories?
Tortilla chips, yes even Doritos, tend to be the healthier choice when it comes to junk food. They will also be low in fat.
What is a 0-calorie snack?
If you like snacking on veggies, I know I do; celery is an excellent choice because it is 0 calories. It is mainly made up of water and fiber.
So, after looking at all these delectable low-calorie part foods, I’m sure you can see that eating low-calorie doesn’t mean missing out.
I’ve given you ten ideas for some delicious party foods that should be popular with all your guests, no matter what their diet.
I hope this has inspired you to get some friends together and indulge in some delightful low-calorie treats.