Tuesday, 1 March 2011

[Guest Post] Eat Happy! ep. 2 - Party Foods

by Mahsa A

Many of us love to go to parties and love to throw them as well. But more often than not, we struggle with snacks: we want to have snacks that are delicious but healthier than chips and dip. I have two easy and healthy recipes that basically make great substitutes for main stream party foods.

1.1 Pita or Fajita Chips

We all love chips and dip but we all hate how addictive they are and how guilty they make us feel. A very good guilt free substitute for chips is baked pita or fajita bread.

White/whole wheat pitas or fajita bread (whole wheat for the healthier option)
Extra virgin olive oil
Herbs and spices of your choice (optional)

Cut  bread into chips sized triangles, and place them onto an oven tray that's lightly coated with extra virgin olive oil.
Sprinkle your choice of herbs and spices on top if you like; you can also add a light drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
Put the tray in a preheated oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit (120 degrees Celsius)
Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the bread, the amount of chips you have on
the tray and how crispy you want them to be, so I suggest you do what I do: check the bread every
5 – 10 minutes until it reaches they are to your liking.
Let cool, serve.

1.2 Yogurt/Sour Cream Dip

The amounts mentioned are just guidelines. Amounts depend on how much you want to make and how thick you want the dip to be.

2 cup Plain yogurt
2 cup Sour cream
1 cup Crushed walnuts
1 Finely diced cucumber or zucchini
1/4 cup Dried mint leaves
Garlic powder to taste
Salt and pepper to taste

Just mix it all together, and you have a delicious and healthy dip for the party. For an even healthier option, you can use low fat yogurt and sour cream for even fewer calories.

2. Low Fat Potato Salad

Another party favorite is potato salad; we all love it, but again hate the fact that it is drenched in mayonnaise and sometimes mayonnaise and butter. A great solution is to make the potato salad just as you usually do, but only use half of the mayonnaise/butter you normally would and replace it with chicken stock (adding actual chicken to the salad is also very delicious) and low fat yogurt.

Your salad will get an extra kick of flavour from the chicken stock and not lose out on creaminess or texture thanks to the low fat yogurt.

I hope you try and like these ideas and they help you have a good guilt free time at your parties.

Until next time, much love from your personal eat happy consultant, Mahsa A.

Images (all edits by me):
chips n dip by Nick-n-Steve-Stock @deviantArt
Olive oil bottle by MysticrainbowStock @ deviantArt

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At 1 March 2011 at 22:41 , Blogger Confessions of A Confused City Girl said...

Oh all of these sound great. Usually i go to the parties and end up frowining cause everyone can eat except me because i'm on this everlasting imaginary diet lol

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At 2 March 2011 at 00:14 , Anonymous jura kaffeemaschinen said...

I like to try your low fat potato salad. thanks for sharing this

At 2 March 2011 at 03:12 , Blogger Jane Alisa said...

Thanks so much for sharing this, such a good idea. xoxo

At 2 March 2011 at 09:34 , Blogger Musicalhouses said...

Great ideas! I'd never think of putting chicken stock into potato salad, but now I gotta try it!

At 2 March 2011 at 23:49 , Blogger Sara.H said...

great post :) thanks for sharing it. :)

At 3 March 2011 at 01:16 , Blogger Vanilla said...

great post :) I love hosting partys, great ideas :)

Love, Vanilla

At 3 March 2011 at 11:36 , Blogger Nadia Aboulhosn said...

such good ideas!

At 5 March 2011 at 06:08 , Blogger Fashion Ranger said...

This was actually a superb blogpost. Like Vanilla said, great ideas for party hosters.



At 10 March 2011 at 10:40 , Blogger Leia said...

Great tips! I find it so hard to entertain without supplying my guests full of unhealthy food.


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