While the holiday party season is long over, chances are you will still be attending, or throwing an occasional get-together. Considering that spring is on it’s way and swimsuit season is just around the corner, wouldn’t you like to enjoy some appetizer recipes that won’t fill you up too much?
Let’s face it. When we are no longer bundled up in layers, the idea of heavy foods and feeling overstuffed just isn’t appealing. And let’s talk about something else here – feeling gassy. No one wants that at a party, or anytime.
Diving into cheesy, breaded, or fried snacks may be tantalizing, but the feeling they can leave you with isn’t. It is possible to enjoy lighter, leaner appetizer recipes. The key is in the right combination of ingredients and seasoning.
Ban the bloat
First, let’s examine the 12 foods that won’t make you feel bloated when you eat them, according to Shine. Then we can figure out how to incorporate them into some delicious snacks and appetizer recipes.
- Cucumber: They are loaded with water, but not fiber or salt.
- Watermelon: Just as the name implies, it is also packed with cleansing water, but not a lot of sugar
- Asparagus: This veggie can actually fight water retention… just don’t serve it with too much salt.
- Bananas: They are filling, but the high potassium content can off-set sodium.
- Egg whites: This part of the egg can act as a diuretic so you won’t bloat.
- Red grapes: Sweet but also can reduce gas and bloating.
- Greek yogurt: The protein in Greek yogurt aids in digestion.
- Iced Tea (or coffee): drink these to help you avoid carbonated drinks. Tea is made with a lot of water, so it, well, you know.
- Avocado: This healthy fat will fill you up without the volume some other foods provide.
- Almonds: Get the unsalted version and you can feel full without the belly bulge.
- Cheese: As long as you can tolerate lactose, you can eat this food without bloating. Get a part skim cheese for best results
- Zucchini: Especially tasty when grilled, it can fill you up but keep you feeling light – unlike chips and potatoes.
If you’re looking for a light, but tasty recipe for cucumbers that doesn’t include the traditional cream-cheese spread, then check out this one from Top Chef contestant Angelo.
Prawn and cucumber cup canapes
- 8 oz shrimp, peeled, deveined, tail removed
- ½ oz fresh ginger, minced
- ½ ounce minced garlic
- 2 Tbs Sesame oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 oz finely chopped cilantro
- 1 oz finely chopped basil
- 2 tsp finely chopped cashews
- 1 large cucumber – peeled
- 1 Tbs Kimchi Vinaigrette
- Clean and chop the shrimp. In a bowl, combine shrimp, ginger, garlic, and sesame oil.
- In a pan, saute the shrimp mixture, cool, then add herbs and cashews.
- Cut the cucumber and carve out center.
- Pour vinaigrette into cucumber and add shrimp mixture.
- Garnish with cilantro
A video presentation on how to prepare this light and fresh appetizer recipe can be viewed here.
Instead of wrapping asparagus in salty prosciutto, try blanching asparagus, then drizzling with lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil and Shaved Asiago cheese, and pepper.
Watermelon with mint and goat cheese is delicious. Or try serving little pastry cups filled with Greek yogurt, red grapes (cut in half) and a dash of Agave or honey.
It may not provide the gooey, comfort-food feeling of some traditional appetizers, but you can fill up pleasantly on light, fresh appetizer recipes that don’t create the need to unbutton your pants!