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Healthy Treats For Parties

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So, the time has come to start planning your party. You need to figure out who’s on the guest list, what drinks to get, the music list, the snacks... Oh, snacks are an easy one – just put out some potato chips, right? Wrong! Unless you want to disappoint your guest with some greasy and good-but-bad-for you snacks, you’d best think of some nicer hors d'oeuvres. Instead of the standard cheese and crackers, try these healthy treats on for size. Smoked Salmon on Toast to Impress Let’s start this list of treats off with some wow factor. OK, maybe you don’t have all the time or ingredients to try out this impressive snack, but if you’re willing to give it a go, your guests will seriously appreciate your dedication. It’s got the healthiness to go along with its looks, too. Salmon is packed with omega-3s and protein, better than most other carb-heavy snacks you might go with at a fete. Veggies and Dip for Versatility All right, here’s something a little easier to prepare that’s also health conscious. One of the best things about this snack idea is that which vegetables you choose to lay out is up to you. Most people expect the standard carrots, celery, broccoli, cucumbers, and friends, but the sheer versatility of this dish allows you to improvise depending on guests’ tastes. As for dip? Don’t you dare stoop to using store-bought dressing! Instead, try this black bean recipe. It’s healthy, so at least you’ll have a good excuse for eating a ton of pretzels with it. Cool Off With Fruit Skewers They can’t all be crunchy and savory. In fact, sometimes the situation indeed calls for something a little more refreshing. If it’s a hot day out (or even if it isn’t!), give this fruit skewers recipe a try. The instructions call for strawberries, cantaloupe, bananas, and apples, for good reason: they’ll all pretty easy to put on a stick. Try doing that with blueberries. But, like most recipes, take it and run with it. If you think of something better, or the audience is clamoring for you to include another fruit, go for it. Chocolate-Covered Strawberries for Guilt-Free Indulgence Healthy-shmealthy – sometimes you just have to have some chocolate, right?! This is especially true if you’ve invited your guests over for some post-dinner activities. They might just be expecting something a little more deserty. Well, you don’t have to give up health for flavor, as long as your snacks tip in the favor of wholesome. Rather than making chocolate the main part of your snack, consider using its taste in combination with a fruit, which will fill your invitees. These chocolate-covered strawberries look excellent and seem to be pretty easy to make. Give this idea a try with other fruits, too. Along with feeding your guests, you may need to serve some drinks to go along with these snacks. If you’re go for a healthy-or-bust theme, top off your fine and fit offerings with a smoothie or freshly-squeezed juice.