Low Sugar Party Foods


Holiday parties are no longer a challenge for people with diabetes when these festive, low-sugar appetizers and beverages are on the menu.

Black Bean Hummus

Serve a hearty hummus made with black beans instead of the traditional chickpeas. It’s low in fat, high in fiber and full of flavor. Serve with pita chips or fresh veggies.

Date, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Ball

Cheese balls are back in style and tastier than ever with two kinds of cheese, walnuts and a touch of sweetness from dates.

Seared Beef Tenderloin Mini Sandwiches with Mustard-Horseradish Sauce

With lean beef tenderloin and small baguette slices, these mini sandwiches are a great low-sugar, low-fat appetizer that will gobbled up quickly at any holiday buffet.

Cheese Fondue with Apples

Go retro with this fun way to serve fruit and cheese at your next party.

Mulled Cider Supreme

Welcome guests into your home with the aroma of hot spiced cider simmering on the stovetop.

Mini Bacon and Potato Frittatas

Turn a breakfast dish into bite-size appetizers by baking the egg mixture in mini muffin cups. These can be served warm or at room temperature.

Creamy Corn and Chorizo-Stuffed Mushrooms

Each mushroom has only a sprinkle of breadcrumbs and a couple of teaspoon of the creamy corn mixture, keeping the carbohydrate content to less than 5 grams per stuffed mushroom. The spicy sausage adds a huge kick of flavor.

Mini Smoked Salmon Pizzas

Simple and elegant, these little pizzas are a welcome addition to any party, and each pizza has less than 5 grams of carbohydrates.

Crisp and Spicy Snack Mix

Not your average snack mix, this one is bursting with flavor from ginger stir-fry sauce, chili powder, and cumin.

Spiced Pecans

Lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, these sweetened nuts can be eaten as a crunchy snack or used as a topping for low-sugar ice cream.

Herbed Goat Cheese

When you need a simple yet sensational appetizer, just roll a log of goat cheese in a mixture of fresh herbs, lemon juice, and olive oil, and then spread on baguette slices.

Hot Artichoke-Cheese Dip

Always a party-pleaser, this hot dip is low in fat than the traditional version because it contains reduced-fat mayonnaise and 1/3-less-fat cream cheese. The key flavor ingredients are the fresh Parmesan cheese and artichoke hearts.

Creamy Feta-Spinach Dip

This version of spinach dip is made tangier with the addition of feta cheese and low-fat yogurt. With only 1.4 grams of fat and less than 1 gram of carbohydrate per tablespoon, you can afford to splurge on a couple of extra servings. But don't forget to count the carbs in the bread or crackers–they're not included in the analysis.

Hot Crab Dip

A warm and creamy dip featuring fresh lump crabmeat is always an elegant addition to a holiday appetizer buffet.

Poached Shrimp with Bay Leaves and Lemon

Poaching is a great low-fat cooking method. This flavorful make-ahead shrimp dish is low in both sugars and fat and will be a perfect appetizer for partygoers.

Hot Cranberry Cocktail

Reduce your party-planning stress with this festive beverage that has only 4 ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to prepare.

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