Healthy Graduation Party Snack Ideas

By: Michelle Gullickson, Manager of Green Bush Garden Bistro

Looking for something that will please the taste buds of everyone, but with a health twist? Try these helpful hints and recipes at your graduation party!

Give up chips and dip for a homemade hummus.

Quick Homemade Hummus
Ingredients
1 clove of  garlic
1 (19 oz) can of garbanzo beans
4 tablespoons of lemon juice
2 tablespoons of tahini
1 teaspoon of salt
Black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons of olive oil

Directions
Put everything into a blender and puree adding more ingredients to taste. You can dallop the hummus on top of a thickly sliced cucumber and garnish with a whole garbanzo bean, a sprig of parsley and a little paprika. You can also serve this as a dip for a variety of veggies and/or pita chips.

Fresh Quina Salad
Make quinoa as directed, I add a little veggie base and fresh garlic to the water to boil it in. Once this is prepared refrigerate until chilled completely.

Ingredients
Slice fresh yellow, red and orange bell peppers into thin strips
Slice grape heirloom tomatoes
Peel and slice zucchini
Remove excess water from frozen spinach

Directions
Lightly saute peppers, spinach, zucchini and tomatoes in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Then, chill completely.

Mix the chilled quinoa and chilled veggies together and top with feta cheese. Serve cold.

Remember, you can add any veggies you would like to this salad. I think diced sweet potatoes would be a great addition as well. Get creative!

Infused Water
Try infused water instead of punch or soda. This is one of my favorites at any party or get together! Here are a few of my favorite combinations.

Ingredients

  • Cucumber mint: Gently rub the mint leave before putting them in the water because it will really get the flavor out!
  • Fresh berries: Mix fresh berries with fresh basil
  • Citrus: Lemon, limes and oranges can be squeezed and then added to ice water.

Trail Mix
Try your own trail mix! Have separate bowls with an assortment of nuts (I like going unsalted), dried fruits and dark chocolate bites. People love to build their own snacks and be in charge of what they are eating and how much. This is a great snack to be interactive with as well as filling healthy alternative to chips and creamy salads. Have small disposable bowls or cups that guests can fill.

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