When it comes to party foods, what often comes to mind is spicy wings, buffalo chicken dip, chips and salsa, brownies, pigs in a blanket and a host of other fattening foods.
While splurging at parties can be fun, it often leaves us feeling sluggish and bloated afterward.
To help prevent us from indulging in and creating sugary, fat-filled foods, I've rounded up seven surprisingly healthy snack ideas for your March Madness party that will keep our guests happy and our waists slim:
Everyone loves a good slider at a party. These crispy sliders taste just like a regular Parmesan slider, but they are high in protein and low in fat.
Better yet, they can be served as an appetizer or an entrée!
A salad is a must-have at any party.
Switch out your carbo-loaded pasta salad for this eggless tofu salad. It can be served on bread or eaten by itself.
This delicious dish will keep your vegan and Paleo friends happy while simultaneously satisfying everyone's appetite.
Did I mention it's sugar free?
Trade out those calorie-filled alcoholic drinks for this protein-packed smoothie!
This recipe contains spinach, coconut milk, strawberries and protein powder.
The smoothie will give you energy, satisfy your sweet tooth and have your guests feeling like they're in the Caribbean.
This homemade granola bar recipe uses all-natural ingredients that you might already have in your pantry!
It's made of oats, nuts, honey, cranberries and chocolate chips. They are simple and easy to make, so it's perfect if you're on a time crunch!
Homemade granola bars are a great substitution for the brownies and cookies that always seem to make an appearance at parties.
Whether your 5 or 25, it's hard to say no to delicious Rice Krispy Treats. These treats contain only three ingredients, and they are packed with protein to keep your guests feeling full and happy.
Now if you're attending a party and don't want to indulge on someone else's sticky treats, come prepared by bringing your own.
These adorable chicken and waffle hors d'oeuvres are too cute to pass up.
These crunchy chicken pieces paired with homemade mini waffles will have everyone begging you for the recipe.
Add a little sweetness to them by topping them off with a mixture of honey, Dijon mustard and maple syrup for a sweet addition to this unique treat.
Garnish with some microgreens for an added healthy flair!
Forget about fried tortilla chips and over-processed salsa, and replace them with these crispy, salty kale chips and spicy Sriracha-based sauce.
If there are going to be kids at your party, this is a great snack option for them, too. Guests of all ages will love the Asian flare these leafy greens have to offer.
Who knew kale could taste so good? This will definitely become your next go-to party staple.
Whether you're throwing the party or going to a party, it's best to be prepared for the on slaughter of unhealthy dishes by making one (or all) of these delicious, healthy foods.
No guilty conscious here! Best get cooking, my friends.