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Healthy Appetizers Under 100 Calories

Think high-brow party nibbles have to be high-calorie? Cooking Light magazine's stellar collection of party-worthy appetizers, all with 100 calories or less, proves you can have your fun without overindulging. Learn more.

Our Best Appetizers Under 100 Calories
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Our Best Appetizers Under 100 Calories

Whether it's the holidays, game day, or a casual gathering of friends, serving an appetizer certainly gets the fun going. Unfortunately, so many bite-size nibbles weigh in with way too many calories for an entire meal, much less the first act to a bigger meal. This collection of party-worthy appetizers proves you can have it all: refined presentation with delicious, bold flavor without packing on the calories.

In some cases, the key to calorie restraint is about portions. Serving bite-size morsels that come in their own portion-controlled package, like Bruschetta with Peach Salsa and Melted Brie, adds a natural layer of restraint (as long as you can keep from eating the entire batch). And in other recipes it's all about smart ingredient choices. We substitute lower-fat ingredients when it makes sense (and when it tastes good), and we always try to serve appetizers with fresh veggies or fruit to round out the nutrition (and it also makes for a pretty presentation).  At under 100 calories, each of these appetizers are sure to inspire your next gathering.

View Recipe: Bruschetta with Peach Salsa and Melted Brie

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