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"Party Foods" that won't break a diet

my friends and I are trying to be healthier so we're looking for some yummy snacks to have when we hang out. Three out of the four of us are vegetarians so no meat.
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973741 tn?1342346373
Oh welcome welcome.  I do have a couple, which I will get and write below!!  Glad you found us
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The steadier you keep your blood sugar levels, the less urge for snacking and craving.  When your blood sugar dips, you get the munchies and feel fatigued, and the sugar cravings arise.  Then if you eat something that makes your blood sugar spike, it causes you to secrete insulin, which makes your blood sugar go low again, and the cycle of snacking /craving starts all over again.

If you google "rank list insulinogenic foods" you will see which foods are least likely to cause insulin secretion (which will help with reducing snacking).

Low insulinogenic foods (vegetarian kind) examples are:
Boiled eggs
Full fat yogurt
973741 tn?1342346373
Black eyed pea caviar:

Really delitious!!

◾1 (11-ounce) container Frieda’s Blackeyed Peas
◾1 (15-ounce) can whole kernel sweet corn (no salt added version preferred), rinsed and drained
◾1/2 bunch cilantro, minced
◾3 green onions (scallions), minced, using both white and green parts
◾2 ripe avocados, peeled and cut into small dice
◾6 ounces cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters

◾1/4 cup red wine vinegar or lime juice
◾1/4 cup olive oil
◾Pinch salt
◾1 teaspoon ground cumin
◾½ teaspoon mild Hatch chile powder
◾A few grinds of black pepper
◾1 bag tortilla chips (lime flavor preferred!)

1.In a small pot, add peas and cover with water by 1 inch. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, until tender (taste one to determine). Drain and cool.
2.Make salad: In a large bowl, add cooled peas, corn, cilantro, green onions, avocado and tomatoes. Stir gently to combine.
3.Make dressing: Mix ingredients in small jar and shake well to combine. Pour over salad and stir gently to coat ingredients. Do not mash or overstir or you will break up the avocados and peas.
4.Serve with tortilla chips as dippers.
5.Serve alongside a jar of Tabasco, Sriracha or another hot sauce, so those who like things hotsy totsy can spice up their own!
6.Serves 8.

480448 tn?1426952138
Vegetarians mean dairy is okay right?

I enjoy crackers and different kinds of cheese, with turkey breast.  Condiments always are a good choice, as they can jazz things up any way you find pleasing to the palate.  There are a bazillion different kinds of baked crackers on the market now, and some are fabulous!  Two of my faves are parmesan herb pretzel thins, and baked wheat thin garden vegetable crackers.  REALLY good!

There are healthier, lower fat versions of things like spinach dip, buffalo chicken dip, etc.  

What kinds of foods were you guys used to snacking on when you get together?  It may be helpful to know what you were eating at your gatherings, to see how you could maybe alter the foods a bit to make them a little more healthy, but still something you would choose.
973741 tn?1342346373
Here is a recipe that I posted yesterday that is a for a good version of hummus

edemme hummus

1 c. cooked edamame
1/4 c. tahini
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 garlic clove, peeled
2 tbsp. coarsely chopped fresh herbs (optional--I used rosemary, thyme, and basil)
2 tbsp. olive oil (add more if you like your hummus creamier)
salt to taste (I used 1/4 tsp.)

1.Combine edamame, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and herbs in food processor. Process until smooth. Drizzle olive oil through feed tube, continuing to process until oil is fully incorporated. Season with salt to taste and serve.

(you can add more lemon, like another teaspoon if you want to)

973741 tn?1342346373
You can also make a pretty skewer of fruit on a kabob.  Some strawberries, pineapple, melon . . .   those look really nice on a tray.  The tiny bit of extra effort to skewer them kabob style makes your guests feel like they are a treat.  :>)  If you want and aren't opposed to dairy, you could serve a yogurt dip with them.

Roasted vegi kabobs would also be good with some portabella mushrooms included would be tasty.  
973741 tn?1342346373
And another one you and your pals may like

Spinach stuffed mushrooms


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 pound white button or cremini mushrooms, stems removed and finely chopped, caps left intact
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (1-pound) package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed of excess water
2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley
6 ounces feta cheese, crumbled .


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat. Add mushroom stems, onion, salt and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl, add spinach and toss well; let cool.  

Arrange mushroom caps, stem side up, in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Add parsley and cheese to spinach mixture. Divide filling evenly between mushrooms, mounding it in the center. Drizzle mushrooms with remaining 1 tablespoon oil and bake until softened and juicy, about 20 minutes.

Nutritional Info:
Per Serving:Serving size: 1 stuffed mushroom, 40 calories (25 from fat), 3g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 5mg cholesterol, 100mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 1g sugar), 2g protein

480448 tn?1426952138
YUM!!!!  SM, you're making my mouth water.  The caviar recipe sounds amazing.  I seriously may make that tonight.  I LOVE all of the ingredients.  I'm obsessed with avocados at the moment.  I eat a whole avocado a day.  They're high in fat, but a "good" fat...and I'm okay with that.  Just love them.  Love beans too, and green onions.  

I've never heard of that chile powder...do you just get it in the spice section?  Like in a bottle?
973741 tn?1342346373
That's just a brand of chili powder.  Use what you have!  
973741 tn?1342346373
Oh, and I wanted to say that with the black eyed peas, you don't have to use Frida's   Any will do.  Buy a can and rinse them, that will work.  
973741 tn?1342346373
Found another one that would be delicious for you and your friends to try:
Mini Grilled Artichoke Hearts with LOW fat spinach and artichoke dip

2 (14-ounce) cans extra small artichoke hearts, packed in water, drained and patted dry (recommended: Reese)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion, finely diced
1 cup fresh spinach, cut into julienne
1 cup Greek yogurt (recommended: Fage 2 percent)
1/2 cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
4 tablespoons Parmesan
3 tablespoons fresh basil, cut into julienne
Dash ground nutmeg
Salt and freshly ground pepper
This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.


Preheat the oven to 175 degrees F.

Halve all but 2 of the artichoke hearts and grill the rest over medium-high heat on an oiled grill (a grill pan may be substituted) until lightly charred and warmed through. Keep warm in the oven while preparing the spinach and artichoke dip.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Saute the onions until tender and translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the spinach and cook until wilted and all the moisture in the pan has evaporated, about 3 minutes. Chop the reserved whole artichoke hearts and add, along with the Greek yogurt, mozzarella and Parmesan. Cook until cheese has melted. Add the basil and nutmeg, season with salt and pepper, and serve on top of grilled artichoke hearts.
973741 tn?1342346373
I am so glad, by the way, that you asked this question for me to begin thinking about things like Super Bowl coming up and other events.  We have a bingo night with family friends (big excitement for all our kids) and I put out a spread of appetizers for everyone so this was helpful for me to get thinking!  Thanks
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