Low-calorie Healthy Appetizers for the Summer
It’s summer, which to many means a few things: Barbeques, Beaches, and, if you’re 21 and over, booze. But while people associate the warm weather with these 3 B’s, they often forget about those summer C’s— calories. While some believe calories to be the mythical creatures that tighten the clothes in your closet, they are very real and alive, especially in the summer.
We get it— it’s hard to watch what you’re eating when enjoying the sun with friends and family. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of healthy* and delicious appetizers for you to try out. By making healthier decisions for your pre main course, you can feel (slightly) less guilty about chomping down on those juicy burgers and cheese fries.
Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Bites (Shown above): Pick up a box of small cherry tomatoes, a few balls of mozzarella, and some basil from your local supermarket and you’ve got a deliciously nutritious snack that everyone can enjoy. For a smoky flavor, skewer the ingredients and throw them on the grill for about 2-3 minutes.
Eggplant Caponata: Who doesn’t love a great vegetable dish? Eggplants are low in fat and are known to reduce weight and cholesterol levels. Aside from its health benefits, eggplant pops with unique flavor.
Stuffed Mushrooms: This delicious recipe is from our partners at HelloFresh. Stuffed mushrooms are a classy appetizer and perfect finger food! While this is a vegetarian dish, the meaty texture of the Portobello mushroom will have even the carnivores asking for more.
Poached Artichoke and Ricotta Mini Pizzas: What’s one of the only ways to make pizza better than it already is? Fun-sizing it. These healthy bite-portioned, flavor-filled dough balls of joy will excite everyone ages 7-70.
Crostini with Heirloom Tomato Jam and Fresh Homemade Ricotta:You really can’t go wrong with the tomato-cheese combo. This appetizer is packed with fresh flavor from fresh ingredients. For those of you who are creative, you can experiment with different varieties of tomatoes for intriguing new tastes.
Whether you decide to try one of these recipes or something completely different, you can’t go wrong with the high quality of Colavita products. To get all your summer grilling essentials, go to our online store.
*Always consult your physician and/or nutritionist for your specific health needs