Healthy Snacks: Party Food Alternatives @ Reward Me

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Party snacks don’t need to be unhealthy and laden with calories and fat. Here are some healthy yet delicious alternatives to make for your next party or get-together.


Crudité platter with dips

These two fibre-rich dips are healthy alternatives to store-bought dips. They are easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time. Serve them with a platter of fresh vegetables such as baby carrots, snow peas, celery and cherry tomatoes.

Feta and herb dip
Serves: 6-8
Preparation time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tin white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 180ml fat-free plain yoghurt
  • 125ml of crumbled feta
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice, to taste
  • 150ml chopped mixed herbs (for example, parsley, mint, dill, chives and basil)

Place the beans, yoghurt, feta and garlic in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Season to taste with salt and white pepper and add a little lemon juice to make the mixture a bit softer. Add the herbs and pulse until just combined. Spoon into a bowl and chill in the fridge until ready to serve.

Spicy tomato hummus

Serves: 6-8
Preparation time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 4 marinated sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 20ml olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 20ml lemon juice
  • Hot pepper sauce, to taste

Pulse all the ingredients together in a food processor. Season with salt and black pepper. Add hot pepper sauce to taste, but don’t add too much as the flavour will develop upon standing. Chill the hummus in the fridge until ready to serve.

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Salmon terrine

Unlike a pâté, which has high butter content, this terrine is made with yoghurt and is much lower in fat.

Serves: 6-8
Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus refrigeration time

Healthy entertaining Salmon Terrine

Ingredients:

  • 10ml gelatine
  • 250ml low-fat plain yoghurt
  • 100g smoked salmon, roughly chopped
  • 30ml finely chopped spring onions
  • 3ml finely grated lemon zest
  • Lemon slices, to garnish
  • Crackers and bread, to serve
  1. Soak the gelatine in 20ml cold water. Heat it in the microwave until the gelatine has dissolved. Add a little of the yoghurt to the gelatine and stir. Add the gelatine to the remaining yoghurt and stir to combine.
  2. Mix the salmon, spring onion and lemon zest into the yoghurt mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Use a stick blender to blend the mixture until smooth. Pour into three mini loaf tins that have been lined with clingfilm. Cover the tops and refrigerate overnight. When ready to serve, unmould onto a serving plate and remove the clingfilm. Garnish with lemon. Serve with crackers or slices of fresh bread.

Roasted Mediterranean bites

Mediterranean-style ingredients are known to be heart-healthy. These delicious bites are high in omega-3 fatty acids.

Makes: about 30
Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus marinating time
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Oven temperature: 200ºC

Healthy entertaining Roasted Mediterranean bites

Ingredients:

  • 3 chicken breast fillets
  • 80ml sundried tomato pesto
  • 30ml olive oil
  • 4 large courgettes, trimmed
  • Herb salad, to serve
  1. Cut the chicken into bite-size cubes. Mix the pesto and 20ml olive oil together and stir in the chicken cubes. Leave to marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes, or until ready to cook.
  2. Use a vegetable peeler to cut the courgettes into long, thin strips. Brush with olive oil and grill on a hot griddle pan for one minute. Set aside to cool slightly. Wrap a courgette strip around a piece of chicken and place onto a greased baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked. Place one or two cubes onto a cocktail skewer and serve hot or cold with a herb salad.

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