Healthy party snacks

Monday, 10 December 2012

Healthy party snacksNo party is complete without chip and dip – here are my healthier alternatives.

Pita Chips

Ingredients
4 – 5 whole-wheat pitas
A drizzle of extra-virgin coconut oil
Himalayan rock salt and black pepper to taste

Method
Pita chips are my favourite alternative to almost any crisp. Simply open up the pitas into quarters, dry bake for a few minutes in the oven, then serve with a drizzle of olive oil.

Baked Zucchini Sticks

Ingredients
½ cup whole-wheat flour
Himalayan rock salt and black pepper to taste
2 medium zucchinis, cut into dipping sticks
2 egg whites, beaten

Method
Soak your zucchini sticks in warm, salted water for 10 to 15 minutes then dry them off. This removes bitterness. Combine the flour, salt and pepper. Roll the sticks firstly in the egg whites, then in the flour. Scatter on a baking tray coated with non-stick spray, pop into the oven and bake for ten minutes, or until golden brown.

Guacamole

Ingredients
3 ripe avos
Generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons plain Greek yoghurt
Himalayan rock salt and black pepper to tas
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Method
Blend your avos first, and season with lemon juice, salt and pepper. Add yoghurt, and blend to desired consistency.

Hummus

Ingredients
3 garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup plain Greek yoghurt
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
Himalayan rock salt and black pepper to taste

Method
Simply blend all ingredients and season to taste. For a smoother consistency, add more yoghurt.

Creamy Basil Pesto Dip

Ingredients
½ tub basil pesto
¼ cup low fat mayo
¼ cup fat-free Greek yoghurt

Method
Simply blend all ingredients and season to taste.

If it’s individual servings you’re after, try these bite size snacks…

Smoked salmon bites

Ingredients
5 slices rye bread
½ cup cream cheese
1 large avo
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Salmon chopped and rolled into 20 bite sizes
Coriander for garnishing
Himalayan rock salt and black pepper to taste

Method
Toast rye bread, remove crust and cut into squares – about 4 per slice. Mix the cream cheese, avo and lemon juice, seasoning with salt and pepper to your preference. Pop a teaspoon of the mixture on each square, press a small, rolled piece of salmon into its centre, and garnish with a sprig of coriander.

Tomato, mozzarella and basil bites

Ingredients
20 Italian cherry tomatoes
20 fresh mozzarella balls
2 packs basil (you’ll need 20 leaves)
A drizzle of olive oil
Himalayan rock salt and black pepper to taste
20 toothpicks

Method
It doesn’t get easier than this! Simply pop a cherry tomato, mozzarella ball and basil leaf onto a toothpick. Once all your bites have been made, give a very small drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of salt and pepper.

Stuffed mushrooms

Ingredients
1 punnet of button mushrooms, at least 4cm in diameter, de-stemmed
1 pack good quality Danish feta
¼ tub basil pesto, or pesto of your choice

Method
Grease a baking tray with non-stick spray and assemble your mushrooms stem-side up. Pop a small piece of feta into each one and grill on high for 5 to 10 minutes or until feta has softened. Once out the oven, dress each mushroom with a drizzle of pesto and serve.

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Written by

Fitness and lifestyle expert, Lisa Raleigh, has been an exercise specialist for more than a decade. Known for her television roles as the winning team trainer on SA's The Biggest Loser, fitness guru on Michael Mol's Hello Doctor as well as the health and wellness consultant on SABC 3's daily morning show, Expresso, Lisa is fast becoming South Africa's unofficial face of wellness and healthy living.

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  1. Lolita Naicker

    yummy recipes….easy to prepare…

    4 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    Guacamole and Stuffed Mushrooms yum! All really great tasting recipes! Smoked salmon recipe looks like a winner!

    4 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    I would have stuffed mushrooms if I could!

    4 years ago •

  1. Abby

    Yum! I’m going to try them all when I have a get together at my place.

    4 years ago •

  1. Leana

    I tried the smoked salmon bites… thank you!! But had to use wholeweat bread coz the shop didn’t have rye. Was still really really good

    5 years ago •

  1. Gabriella Cerqueira

    Printed & in the receipe book :) thanks!

    5 years ago •

  1. khumalo

    Iam gona try this recipie sounds good

    5 years ago •

  1. Lah

    Mmmm Baked Zucchini Sticks! Can’t wait to try!

    5 years ago •

  1. Henke

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!!!! saved as favorite

    5 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    Guac is just the best, who doents love avo, pretty simple to make. yummers for the basil pesto dip.

    5 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Pita chips – sound like something my hubby would eat for days… and stuffed mushrooms would be my choice. I love mushrooms.

    5 years ago •

  1. CindyR

    The recipes sound really nice will definetely try some of it.

    5 years ago •

  1. middlewick

    YUM YUM YUM!!!!!! You can also stuff mushrooms with chevin (i like the black pepper) a bit of garlic, drizzle olive oil and topped with a few breadcrumbs.

    5 years ago •

  1. Lorraine

    Nice recipes just in time to serve all your friends and family over the Christmas holidays.

    5 years ago •

  1. Ra’eesa

    Definitely going to try the tomato,mozzarella and basil bites and the stuffed mushrooms. Sounds delicious.

    5 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Great ideas. Going to my favorites straight!

    5 years ago •

  1. JamieBaby

    Stuffed mushrooms sound amazing and so tasty and easy to make!! My fav is guacamole! You just cant have a party without it! Fabulous recipes for tasty party snacks!

    5 years ago •

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