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
    Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    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
    Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Deborah Williams

    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
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    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
    Photo: Karry Hosford

    Cheese Fondue with Apples

    Go retro with this fun way to serve fruit and cheese at your next party.
  • Mulled Cider Supreme
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Mulled Cider Supreme

    Welcome guests into your home with the aroma of hot spiced cider simmering on the stovetop.
  • Mini Bacon and Potato Frittatas
    Jeff Kauck

    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
    Photo: Jan Smith

    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
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    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
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    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
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    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
    Douglas Merriam

    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
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    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

    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
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    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
    Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    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

    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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