We know appetizers can be difficult to abstain from, especially if you’re a fan of fried foods. However, we have some great alternatives that can easily be made at home or asked for as a substitute at a restaurant. Take a look below for our favorite Pure 21-friendly appetizers and snacks.
Grilled Boneless Buffalo Bites
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup (118 ml) buffalo sauce
- Ranch seasoning packet
Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Cut chicken breasts into 1-inch (2.54 cm) cubes and place in a bowl. Sprinkle the ranch seasoning packet over the cubed chicken and lightly toss until all the chicken is seasoned. Grill chicken 5 to 8 minutes or until juices run clear and internal temperature reaches 165℉ (74°C). In a bowl, add Frank’s Red Hot sauce and grilled chicken. Toss until all pieces are evenly covered.
Cucumber + Turkey Sushi
- 3 medium cucumbers
- 1/4 cup (32 g) store-bought basil pesto (no added sugar)
- 6 oz (170 g) deli smoked turkey breast, shredded (Boars Head Brand recommended)
- 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced into matchsticks
- 1/2 cup (64 g) spinach, shredded
- Salt and pepper to taste
Slice the cucumbers lengthwise on a mandoline at about a 2mm setting. If you don’t have a mandoline, use a vegetable peeler. Place the cucumber slices on parchment paper and pat dry with a paper towel.
Spread about 1 teaspoon (4 g) of pesto on each cucumber, then evenly distribute turkey, bell pepper, and spinach on each. Sprinkle with a little salt and black pepper. Roll up and place seam down. Stick with a toothpick for extra stability. Serve with extra pesto or sauce of choice.
- 1 lb (2.72 kg) lean ground turkey
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 3 leafs of romaine lettuce
- 6 chopped cherry tomatoes
Brown the ground turkey in a large skillet. Add the taco seasoning and follow the directions on the back of the packet. Once cooked and seasoned, sprinkle 2 oz. (57 g) of the turkey taco meat down the rib of the romaine lettuce leaf. Add cut up cherry tomatoes (and any other veggies you like) to the meat. Fold in the sides of the romaine leaf to form a taco shell and enjoy!
These recipes can be a great way to keep gameday or parties healthy. Typical party finger foods are loaded with fat, calories, and bad oil. However, these recipes can keep you on track without having to sacrifice a night with your friends!