Do you love throwing dinner parties for your close friends and family? Perhaps you’ve never been a host before and a special occasion is quickly approaching. Whatever the case may be, when feeding guests, it’s important to consider everyone’s dietary needs. Some of your diners may avoid meat or dairy. Other’s may stay away from gluten. That’s a pretty common one today. Over the last few years, the demand for gluten-free foods has skyrocketed. In fact, an estimated one in five Americans actively tries to include gluten-free foods in their diet. For some, eating gluten-free is a medical necessity. For others, it’s viewed as a ticket to better digestion and possibly weight loss. If you’re serving gluten-free diners, and you’re in search of some delicious new appetizer ideas, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got you covered!
Nothing says party appetizer quite like chips and dip. It’s easy to throw together and it satisfies people’s craving to crunch on something. Rather than buying a store-bought dip that’s loaded with added sugar, unhealthy fats, and other food additives you’re better off avoiding, why not take a few minutes to whip up something homemade? It will be way healthier and your guests will be able to tell the difference in quality.
When serving these appetizers to your party guests, remember that you can easily swap regular greasy chips for gluten-free tortillas, homemade sweet potato fries, or veggie sticks.
Hummus is extremely delicious and nutritious. Plus, you may be surprised how easy it is to make. All you have to do is throw a few ingredients in a blender and voilá – you have yourself a tasty dip! So what the heck is in it? Well, the main ingredients are chickpeas and Tahini, an oily Middle Eastern paste made from ground sesame seeds. Tahini is loaded with dietary fiber, phytonutrients, and essential fats. But that’s not the only beneficial ingredient included in this recipe. Detoxing lemons and cancer-fighting garlic are also used to bump up the flavor. If you want to make regular hummus, that’s really all you’ll need. This particular recipe uses sun dried tomatoes, though, to transform plain hummus into something more gourmet.
This dish has a similar taste and texture to hummus, but the base is white beans. Beans, in general, are a great source of fiber and protein. So don’t eat too much of this appetizer or you’ll be too full to dig into the main course meal! Along with lemons and garlic, this dish also incorporates fresh rosemary for added flavor. This herb has both antibacterial and antioxidant properties, making it beneficial for more than just its pleasant taste.
Guacamole is full of flavor, healthy fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals. That’s thanks to the main ingredient — avocados. This unique green fruit is linked to improved heart health, lower cholesterol levels, digestive health, and eye health. They’re also said to aid weight loss and fight cancer. Watch this video to see how you can make a guacamole super flavorful and chunky!
There are a bunch of ways you can jazz up traditional guacamole to make it fit your taste preferences. In this recipe, the creator added vitamin-rich kale and protein-packed Greek yogurt to avocados and a few other mix-ins. If you don’t have kale on hand, you can use fiber-filled spinach leaves instead. Or, why not add both? Yum!
5) Avocado Dip
Speaking of avocado, there are many different ways you can incorporate this unique green fruit into a healthy dip. This particular recipe mixes creamy avocado with starchy corn, high-fiber black beans, and gut-friendly onions. If you want to add some tang to this dip, squeeze in some fresh limes!
6) Mango Salsa
I think it’s pretty safe to say that we’ve all tried regular red salsa before. But have you ever whipped up a serving of mango salsa? Mixing mangos, jalapeno peppers, and olive oil, this naturally gluten-free appetizer is both sweet and savory. Plus, it’s loaded with antioxidants that help boost the immune system and ward off cancer. If you prefer to use fresh mangos, make this dish when they’re in season. The exact time of year depends on where you live! If you don’t mind using frozen mangos, though, that’s perfectly fine.
Who doesn’t enjoy an Italian-inspired Caprese salad? Unlike a traditional leafy green salad, a Caprese salad uses slices of fresh mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and basil. Top the whole thing off with a little balsamic vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper. If you’re a fan of the salad then you are going to love this dip. Mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes, and basil pesto are baked in the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbling. Are you drooling yet? Serve this gluten-free appetizer with some celery sticks (or just a spoon)!
Traditional ranch dip is delicious, but it’s far from healthy. It’s loaded with unhealthy fat and leaves you feeling guilty after too many bites. If you’re looking for a healthier alternative, this is the perfect recipe for you! The base is thick, creamy, and protein-packed Greek yogurt. Nothing to feel guilty about there. In fact, Greek yogurt is actually great for your gut since it contains live cultures (AKA probiotics). To transform plain Greek yogurt into ranch dip, all you have to do is mix in a bunch of different herbs and spices. It takes less than five minutes to whip up and will leave your taste buds satisfied!
If you’re hosting a sports watch party then buffalo chicken dip is a must have. Something about hot sauce just puts you in the football, basketball (or whatever you’re watching) mood, don’t you think? Much like ranch dip, the traditional buffalo chicken dip recipe is far from healthy. Enter this skinny version! Rather than cream cheese, the base is Greek yogurt, hot sauce, and shredded chicken. While this recipe calls for crumbled blue cheese, you can make the dish even healthier by simply leaving it out!
This naturally gluten-free appetizer recipe just makes you feel warm inside. It’s perfect for the colder months. The base is creamy butternut squash, which is then mixed with a little cheese, olive oil, garlic, and cayenne pepper. Did you know that cayenne pepper helps to rev the metabolism?
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