When you want to eat appetizers then chose low fat with low calories alternatives. Here take a look at 8 great appetizers…
Having a bowl of soup can curb how much you eat during the rest of the meal. The key is choosing a low-calorie option, such as a tomato-based vegetable soup. A 12-ounce bowl has about 160 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, and 1,240 mg sodium. Stay away from cream-based vegetable soups, which are higher in calories and saturated fats. When buying canned soup, look for those marked “low in sodium.”
Grilled vegetable kebabs are a great low-calorie alternative to fried foods. If this isn’t on the menu, ask for a side of grilled vegetables as your appetizer. Veggie kebabs are also easy to make: Skewer onions, red and green bell peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, and zucchini. Brush with a lower-fat garlic and herb marinade. Two large kebabs will have about 75 calories.
The best appetizers are low in calories, but satisfying enough to curb how much you eat during the rest of your meal. Salads made with spinach or other leafy greens do this very well. Studies suggest you’ll eat about 10% less during a meal if you start off with salad. A cup of fresh spinach with a tablespoon of vinaigrette has about 80 calories.
Use appetizers to add healthy foods you might be eating too little of. Seared crab cakes offer an appealing way to get more seafood into your diet. Served with chili sauce, a typical crab cake has about 300 calories, 20 g of fat, and 960 mg sodium.
When you’re craving a meaty appetizer, opt for beef sticks. At home, you can grill sticks of lean beef with onions, garlic, and hoisin, soy, and barbecue sauces. A quarter-pound serving has about 130 calories, 5 g of fat, and 803 mg sodium.
Stuffing mushrooms instead of potato skins helps keep the portion size down. Mushroom caps filled with cheese and breadcrumbs have less than 50 calories each. That means you can eat half a dozen and still keep your appetizer under 300 calories, along with 19 grams of fat, and 720 mg of sodium.
Shrimp cocktail is very low in saturated fat and calories. It’s also a good source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. To keep the calorie count low, stick to tomato-based sauce. A serving of shrimp with cocktail sauce has about 140 calories.
Sliced Peppers With Salsa
For a homemade alternative to chips and dip, cut up red and green bell peppers, or other veggies, and use them like chips for dipping in salsa. This is a fun way to sneak more vegetables into your diet. You can dip a whole pepper’s worth of “chips” and stay under 50 calories.