(HealthDay News) -- Party snacks don't have to be unhealthy or tasteless. There are plenty of ways to dish up delicious, fun and healthy snacks to please any crowd.
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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends:
- Present the foods in a fun way, such as by cutting out fruit and vegetables into fun shapes with cookie cutters and serving with dips, or serving fruit or veggie kabobs.
- If you're looking for convenience, serve air-popped popcorn, whole-wheat tortilla chips with guacamole and salsa, or whole-wheat pita bread and hummus. Make trail mix with whole-grain cereal, dried fruit and nuts.
- Make a healthier spinach artichoke dip by sauteeing garlic, spinach and artichokes and mixing with fat-free Greek yogurt and Parmesan cheese. Serve with veggies and whole-wheat bread.
- Create a veggie tray with lots of brightly-colored vegetables. Serve a protein-packed main dish, such as meatballs made with lean ground beef or turkey, or mini-pizzas with whole wheat pitas, low sodium sauce, low-fat mozzarella and veggies on top.
- Skip soda and serve 100 percent fruit juice (add a dash of sparkling water), or water served with fresh fruit.
- Serve sweet treats at the end of the party. Opt for single-serve fruit treats such as popsicles or yogurt.
- Let kids help prepare and serve the food.
-- Diana Kohnle
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