22 Light & Healthy 4th of July Appetizers
I love throwing parties, and outdoor parties are one of my favorite parts of summertime! There’s plenty of room in the backyard for everyone to spread out, enjoying the warm weather and playing our favorite lawn games. There’s only one problem about throwing a 4th of July bash: at least in my family, everyone seems to arrive…let’s say “fashionably late.” That means that half the crowd is getting hangry while they wait for us to fire up the grill! So I’ve gotten smarter over the years about having snacks and appetizers ready, and this list of light & healthy 4th of July appetizers has definitely come in handy.
Appetizers don’t have to be heavy or filled with fatty ingredients to be delicious. While it’s true that a cheesy garlic bread definitely satisfies, it also won’t leave you feeling light. The point of the snack isn’t to fill you up – it’s to provide you with nourishment while you wait for the main meal. No one wants to be completely full when you pull those burgers and brats off the grill! These light & healthy 4th of July appetizers are designed to deliver nutrition and flavor without ruining your appetite.
The 4th of July only comes around once a year, so be sure to make your celebration memorable. Get the party started right with guilt-free, delicious food like these light & healthy 4th of July appetizers. Just be ready to hand out some recipes – your guests will definitely ask you for a few of these!
These bite-sized “cheeseburgers” make the perfect, portion-controlled appetizer. Bell peppers make an excellent bun replacement, delivering tasty burger flavor without that filling bun. Customize them any way you like by adding in your favorite toppings. My cheeseburger boats are going to have green chile and bacon, for sure!
Skip the saturated-fat-filled chicken wings without missing everyone’s favorite 4th of July appetizer. The Minimalist Baker really nails it with these cauliflower wings. They taste just as good as the real deal, but they’re packed full of nutrition instead.
You can’t have a well-rounded 4th of July party without a vegetable platter! I love this recipe for Greek yogurt ranch by Damn Delicious, too. It makes this appetizer healthier without sacrificing any of that characteristic ranch flavor. Feel free to vary your vegetables based on what’s seasonal and fresh in your area.
Meatballs are a classic party appetizer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t lighten them up and make them healthier! By using ground chicken, Pinch of Yum cuts out most of the saturated fats without losing any of the flavor. Serve them up on toothpicks with your favorite dipping sauce.
Fire up the grill and treat your guests with this beautiful appetizer. This dish captures all the flavors of the classic Italian favorite while lightening things up by using zucchini slices as the “bread.” Talk about a great way to sneak in an extra serving of vegetables!
No backyard barbecue is complete without a bowl of guacamole, but that doesn’t mean you have to serve it up with fat-filled chips. These baked plantain chips by the Minimalist Baker are so crunchy and flavorful that you might find yourself snacking on them well before you pull out the guac.