Food and Drink

Stick To Your Resolution With Healthy Party Foods

These Recipes Help You Stick To Your New Year’s Resolution

By Sue Keiper

For some, 2011 was a year of overindulgence and growing waistlines.  Many of us have promised ourselves that we would keep to our New Year’s resolutions for healthier eating. But let’s face it – starting a diet is easy…but sticking to it, especially during family get-togethers and parties, can be a difficult thing to do.

Cooking meals that are low calorie and delicious can be very satisfying. Party foods don’t have to be full of fat and carbohydrates to taste good. Avoiding those foods can help to drop pounds easily if you stick to a new way of eating.

Here is a meal idea that can be prepared simply and in a minimal amount of time:

Salty Dog Martini

4 tbsp. Lemon Juice
3 tbsp. fine Sea Salt
1 part Vodka
3 parts Grapefruit Juice

  1. Pour lemon juice into shallow plate and pour salt into separate shallow plate.
  2. Flip martini glass upside down and dip rim into lemon juice then dip rim into plate of salt.
  3. Mix vodka, grapefruit juice and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake until chilled.
  4. Pour drink into salt-rimmed martini glasses and garnish with a curl of grapefruit rind.  Bottoms up!

Low-Fat Tomato and Mozzarella Bites

1/2 lb. low-fat Mozzarella Cheese
1 lb. Cherry Tomatoes
Basil leaves

  1. Cut mozzarella cheese into 1-inch cubes.
  2. Lay a whole basil leaf down and place a cube of cheese and a cherry tomato in the center
  3. Use toothpick to pin basil leaf, cheese and cherry tomatoes together.
  4. Place mozzarella bite onto a serving platter and enjoy.

Healthful Garden Salad

3 heads of Romaine Lettuce
1 medium Red Onion
1 Cucumber
1 Roma Tomato

  1. Cut romaine lettuce into 1 1/2 inch bite-sized pieces.
  2. Slice red onion, tomato and cucumber into rings then halves.
  3. Toss together into large salad bowl and serve.

Light Italian Dressing              

1/4 cup of Water
2 tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
2 tbsp. Olive Oil
2 tbsp. Garlic Powder
2 tbsp. Onion Powder
1 ½ tbsp. Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp. Seasoning Salt

  1. Put all ingredients into jar with a screw-on lid
  2. Screw lid onto jar and shake vigorously for one minute.
  3. Serve with Healthful Green Salad (preferably on the side).

Lemon-Dill Foil Wrapped Fish

8 large pieces of Cod Fish
8 pieces of Aluminum Foil, cut into 7×7 inch squares
Cooking Spray
Onion Powder
Diced Garlic (or Garlic Powder)
Ground Black Pepper
Dill Weed
2 Lemons

  1. Place squares of aluminum foil onto working surface, reflective side face down and spray dull side with cooking spray.
  2. Put each piece of fish on it’s own square of foil.
  3. Sprinkle fish with onion powder, garlic, pepper and dill weed.
  4. Squeeze fresh lemon juice on each fish and place a cut up ring of lemon on top.
  5. Fold foil over fish into a pouch and place on baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Open foil pouch carefully as hot steam can be trapped inside.

Fresh Steamed Asparagus

2 bunches of Asparagus
Cooking Spray
Garlic Powder, to taste
Onion Powder, to taste

  1. Cut tough ends of asparagus off and discard.
  2. Steam asparagus for 15 min.
  3. Remove from steamer and spray with cooking spray
  4. Sprinkle with garlic and onion powder and serve with Lemon-Dill Foil Wrapped Fish.

Low-Sugar Apple Crumble

1 cup Splenda® Brown Sugar
1 cup Rolled Oats
1 cup all-purpose Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 cup butter, Melted
3 cups Apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
1/2 cup Splenda® White Baking Sugar
2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
Cooking Spray

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray 8-inch square pan with cooking spray.
  3. Combine brown sugar, oats, flour and butter into large bowl.
  4. Mix together until crumbly.
  5. Place half of crumb mixture into baking pan.
  6. Spread the chopped apples evenly over crumb mixture.
  7. Sprinkle apples with sugar and cinnamon, then top with remaining crumb mixture.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Serve with low fat or sugar-free vanilla or caramel ice cream.

So you see, it’s not that hard to stick to your diet as long as you choose healthier meal alternatives for your next party or even.  I hope you and your friends enjoy these diet-friendly recipes.

If you have any diet-friendly recipes to share, we’d love to hear them. Email or post your comments on our blog at

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