People often think about celebratory and festive foods as something decadent and indulgent, something they shouldn’t eat too much of unless they’re prepared to go on a mini detox the day after.
And it’s hard to keep the balance right when you’re surrounded by unhealthy junk food at the office and birthday parties. We have a solution!
Next time you go to a party, why not bring a platter of healthy hors d’oeuvres and finger food, and suggest the same to your friends. This way you will have a few good options and that slightly naughty cupcake won’t feel as naughty the next day.
To give you some ideas and inspiration, we have put together a roundup of our favorite healthy hors d’oeuvres and canapés.
Hors d’oeuvres is a French phrase, which means ‘before the first course or before the main’ and refers to a small meal or appetizers that come before the main meal and that can usually be eaten with your hands.
Think deviled eggs, skewers, pickles, cheese platters , sausage rolls, mini pies and so on. Our round up is a mix of gluten free, clean eating, paleo, vegan, vegetarian and raw finger foods that would satisfy the health nuts and the foodies.
Platters of blinis are perfect for entertaining and you can top them with endless combinations.
Chickpea Blinis with Hummus & Mushrooms from Delicious Everyday (Gluten-Free & Vegan)
Coconut Flour and Chive Blinis from Real Food Pledge (Paleo & Gluten-Free)
Spinach Blinis with Pimento Spread from Spabettie (Gluten & Dairy-Free, Vegan)
Dill, Lemon & Buckwheat Blinis with Smoked Salmon & Cream Fraiche from The Holistic Ingredient (Gluten-Free)
Fish & seafood
Refreshing and light, fish and seafood canapés are perfect for healthy foodies. From mini fish skewers and Mexican salsa to hundred of ways to serve oysters, you can really let you imagination run wild in the kitchen.
Ceviche Shots from The Noble Pig (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Whole30)
Vietnamese Grilled Prawn Rice Paper Rolls from The Foodie Crush ( Gluten-Free)
Scallops with Pistachio & Lemon from Sweet Paul Mag (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Whole30)
Bloody Mary Oysters from Sweet Paul Mag (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Whole30)
Things with cucumber
As unassuming as cucumber is, it is actually very versatile when it comes to finger foods. It’s refreshing and mild tasting, and goes with many different ingredients. It can be used as cups, boats, crackers or rolls.
Mediterranean Cucumber Cups from Comfort of Cooking (Gluten-Free, Low Carb)
Spicy Salmon Cucumber Bites from Nom Nom Paleo (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Low Carb)
Cucumber Feta Roll Ups from Tasty Kitchen (Gluten-Free, Vegetarian)
Raw Cucumber Sandwiches from Immer Warschen (Vegan, Raw, Paleo, Dairy-Free)
Tasty dips & crunchy bits
Make your favourite healthy dip and cut up a bunch of crunchy vegetables – it’s easy, affordable and always look so appetising. We’ve got a line up of tasty, healthy dips right here.
Beetroot and Mint Dip from Daughter of Pearl (Gluten-Free, Vegetarian)
Roasted Cauliflower and Garlic Hummus from Rejuvenated For Life (Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegetarian, Vegan)
Artichoke Pesto from Eat Drink Paleo (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian)
Baba Ganoush from Eat Drink Paleo (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian)
Savoury Pumpkin Dip from Meatified (Paleo, AIP, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian)
Raw Nacho Cheese Sauce from Lexi’s Kitchen (Vegan, Raw, Paleo, Gluten-Free)
Mini patties & meatballs
Mini fritters, rissoles, patties, meatballs and burgers are easy to pick up with your fingers, and they can be as meaty or as veg-friendly as you like.
Sweet Potato & Kale Veggie Cakes from Natural Comfort Kitchen (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)
Baked Falafels with Fiery Tomato Sauce from Eat Drink Paleo (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian)
Chicken Zucchini Poppers from One Lovely Life (Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-Free)
Greek Meatballs with Avocado Tzatziki from Primally Inspired (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Whole30)
Forget sandwiches and bread wraps, things wrapped in vegetables or vegetables wrapped in tasty bacon or nori sheets is where the party is at. Here are some ideas.
Collard Roll Ups with Coconut Curry Kale from Food52 (Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Whole30)
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus from Eat Drink Paleo (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Whole30)
Prosciutto Rolls with Arugula, Fennel and Mint from Taste Food (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Whole30)
Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Bites from Food Renegade (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Whole30)
The healthy kind of chip
Surprise your guests with a more nourishing kind of chips – nori, beetroot, sweet potato, kale and zucchini chips are tasty and easy to make at home and you can top them or dip them.
Tuna Tartare with Nori Chips from Blogging Over Thyme (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Whole30)
Simple Zucchini Chips from My Whole Food Life (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Whole30)
Baked Rosemary Beetroot Chips from The Minimalist Baker (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Whole30)
Spicy Kale Chips from Eat Drink Paleo (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Whole30)
Sweet finger foods
We couldn’t do a roundup of healthy canapés without a few treats thrown in. Here are some ideas for finger foods to satisfy that sweet craving.
Raw Triple Chocolate Cheesecakes from Pure 2 Raw (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Raw)
Paleo Almond Delights from Predominantly Paleo (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Vegan)
Sugar-Free Lemon Curd Pavlovas from I Breathe, I Am Hungry (Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free)
Raw Strawberry Cheesecake Bites from Delighted Momma (Paleo, Vegan, Raw)
We hope you’ve enjoyed our round up of healthy canapés, hors d’oeuvres and finger foods. Let us know what your favorites are in the comments.
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