For people trying to lose weight and keep it off, parties can be troublesome events filled with temptations. When attending parties, especially those where guests are encouraged to bring their own dishes to share, many people on diet plans prefer to bring healthy snacks they can eat guilt-free. Here are three recipes to enjoy at parties without breaking your diet plan. You may also find that these snacks fit with the plan recommended by your weight loss camp or other program.
1. Eight-Layer Greek Dip
Eight-layer Greek dip is a cool, creamy dip that is a healthier substitute for seven-layer Mexican dips. Simply spread 10 ounces of roasted red pepper hummus over a 9-inch serving dish and top it with the following:
• 1 cup fresh baby spinach, chopped
• 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
• 1/2 cup cucumber, peeled and chopped
• 2 tablespoons Kalamata olives, sliced
• 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, reconstituted and chopped
• 1/4 cup toasted pecans, chopped
• 1/4 cup reduced-fat feta cheese or goat cheese, crumbled
Refrigerate until party time. Serve with pita chips.
2. Buffalo-roasted cauliflower and skinny ranch dip
Buffalo wings and ranch dressing: great for game day, not so great for your waistline. Substitute deep-fried wings dipped in fatty ranch dressing for roasted cauliflower tossed in olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted at 400F for about 20-30 minutes and then coated in your favorite buffalo wing sauce. Make a ranch dip with 1 cup of Greek yogurt mixed with:
• 2 tsp. each garlic powder, onion powder and dried, minced onion
• 1 tsp. each black pepper, salt and dried chives
• 2 Tbsp. dried parsley
• 1-1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
Refrigerate your dip overnight for best results.
3. Peanut-butter fudge
Using dark chocolate that is at least 50 percent cacao is key to keeping this dessert guilt-free. Melt 2 ounces of chocolate in a double boiler. Heat 2 tablespoons of fat-free evaporated milk in a small saucepan. Add 2 tablespoons of powdered peanut butter like PB2 and a few drops of vanilla extract. Add the melted chocolate and stir until smooth. Before the mixture boils, spread it in a small pan lined with parchment paper. Cool to room temperature and cut into 2″ by 2″ squares.