Light Snacks Make Dieting Easier

Almost-free foods help you stay on the right track

Light Snacks Make Dieting Easier

Half the battle of staying on a special diet is figuring out what to eat when you get the munchies. It's easier to stay on your diet with these light little nibblers. They're healthy, yet crunchy enough to satisfy your snack craving. Gnosh away!

Smoked Salmon Cucumber Canapes
Smoked Salmon Cucumber Canapes is the one appetizer that I'm always asked to bring to parties. It's simple, comes together quick and is always a winner.
—Judy Grebetz, Racine, Wisconsin

Easy Party Bruschetta
This pretty Easy Party Bruschetta packs plenty of fresh flavor and gets a hint of heat from jalapeno pepper. It's perfect for a casual buffet table when tomatoes are at their summer best.
—Del Mason, Martensville, Saskatchewan

BLT Bites
These quick BLT Bites may be mini, but their bacon and tomato flavor is full size. I serve them at parties, brunches and picnics, and they're always a hit...even my kids love them.
—Elizabeth Borgemenke, Mason, OH

Cucumber Crab Bites
Hints of pineapple and cucumber add unique fresh flavor to these delicate appetizers. The tasty Cucumber Crab Bites make a beginning to boast about for any meal or light spring luncheon.
— Jeannie Klugh, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Marinated Mushrooms
Guests will never guess Marinated Mushrooms so flavorful could take only 10 minutes of hands-on prep and no cooking! Great as a side dish or tempting tidbit on a relish tray.
— Billie Moss, Walnut Creek, California

Asparagus Salsa
Jalapeno pepper and cilantro spice up this refreshing Asparagus Salsa that's made with tomatoes, onion and fresh asparagus. Served chilled with tortilla chips, this chunky sauce won't last long.
—Emma Thomas, Rome, Georgia

Crab-Filled Veggie Bites
Whenever I go to a party, friends and family hope I bring these Crab-Filled Veggie Bites with me. The crab filling is also good piped onto celery or used as a cracker spread. Range the horseradish to suit your tastes.
—Debbie Bloomer, Omaha, Nebraska

Mini Sausage Bundles
These tasty Mini Sausage Bundles cut fat as well as cleanup by keeping the deep fryer at bay. Our Test Kitchen filled the savory bundles with turkey sausage, garlic and onion.
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Chickpea Patties with Yogurt Sauce
Dill gives these patties a hint of freshness, and garlic is a very flavorful addition. These Chickpea Patties with Yogurt Sauce will please vegetarians and meat lovers alike.
—Jane Hacker, Milwaukee, Wisconsin