4 Delicious and Nutritious Party Dishes from a DASH Diet Specialist

4 Delicious and Nutritious Dishes to Serve at Parties - Expert Tips from a DASH Diet Specialist

Party Snacks for Fashionable Foodies

Danielle Smith with sweet potato crostini and shrimp and avocado bites Dietitian Danielle Smith shared four of her favorite party foods to eat on the DASH diet.

Do you find it challenging to follow a diet while attending parties? Well, fret no more because we have the perfect solution for you! Danielle Smith, a registered dietitian who works with Top Nutrition Coaching, has shared her favorite healthy and crowd-pleasing foods to serve at parties.

But why is following the DASH diet so tricky at parties? Apparently, it’s low in all the things that make party food so delicious: salt, saturated fats, and added sugar. It seems like all the fun is taken away! But fear not, dear fashionistas, because Smith has some fabulous recipes up her sleeve.

According to the American Heart Association, the DASH diet is considered one of the healthiest ways to eat. It emphasizes making healthy choices and encourages the consumption of whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, skinless poultry, fish, and low-fat dairy. So, instead of skipping out on food at celebrations, you can indulge in these DASH-appropriate options.

Now, let’s dive into the mouthwatering world of DASH-diet-friendly party snacks!

Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip

Greek yogurt ranch dip This dip recipe is a great option when you don’t have time to cook. Simply combine non-fat Greek yogurt with garlic powder, onion powder, dill, salt, cayenne pepper, and Worcestershire sauce, and sprinkle with chopped chives for a garnish.

Forget about boring dips that disappoint your taste buds. We have a recipe that will make you dance like nobody’s watching! Swap out sour cream for Greek yogurt and boost your protein and calcium intake. Plus, serving the dip with chopped vegetables adds that extra fiber punch your gut and heart will thank you for.

Sweet Potato Crostini with Spiced Ricotta

Sweet potato crostini with ricotta and cranberries This appetizer consists of baked crispy sweet potato slices, roasted cranberries, and spiced ricotta. Bake the sweet potato slices until crispy, roast the cranberries with sugar, lemon, and thyme, and mix the ricotta with nutmeg and cinnamon. Top the sweet potato crostini with the ricotta and cranberries for a flavor explosion!

Who said healthy snacks can’t be fancy? These sweet potato crostini will wow your guests and their taste buds. By swapping out crusty bread for fiber and potassium-rich sweet potatoes, you’re not just fashionable but also nutrition-forward. The ricotta adds a touch of protein and the cranberries bring a burst of tangy sweetness. It’s a party on a plate!

Chicken Shawarma Pita Pizzas

Chicken shawarma wraps These mini chicken shawarma pitta pizzas are a flavor-packed party food. Marinate your chicken, spread mozzarella cheese on your flatbread, add your chicken with chopped tomatoes, onion, banana peppers, coriander, and tahini. Bake until the cheese is melted and enjoy the deliciousness!

Sometimes, a full meal can be transformed into fabulous bite-sized pieces. And these chicken shawarma pita pizzas are no exception. You can never go wrong with pizza, right? But this particular recipe takes it up a fashionable notch. With the right blend of spices, protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates, these pizzas will make your taste buds tango!

Blackened Shrimp, Avocado, and Cucumber Bites

Shrimp, avocado, and cucumber bites “If you make these shrimp, avocado, and cucumber bites, I’d double the recipe as they are a crowd-favorite,” said Smith.

Last but certainly not least, these delectable shrimp, avocado, and cucumber bites are a hit at any party. Loaded with protein, healthy fats, and essential nutrients, they are the epitome of fashion-forward snacking. Did you know that avocados contain potassium, which can help regulate blood pressure? So, not only will you be stylish, but you’ll also be taking care of your health!

As a fashion-forward foodie, you can now navigate parties with flair and elegance, thanks to these fabulous and DASH-diet-approved recipes. So, the next time you receive an invitation, don’t stress about what to eat. Instead, show up with one of these dishes, and you’ll be the talk of the town!

Now it’s your turn, dear readers! Which one of these party snacks will you be trying first? Let us know in the comments below. And remember, fashion isn’t just about what you wear, it’s also about what you eat! Stay fabulous!