Diet Finger Foods

Something about finger foods is fun and addictive. Whether at a party or relaxing at home, it’s difficult to eat just one of these mini treats. When dieting, the desire to enjoy finger foods won’t disappear, but you can replace fattening foods with healthy ones. Having a list of quick and nutritious finger foods on hand will prevent reaching for unhealthy options.

Apple Cheese Wraps

Apple cheese wraps are a nutritious food. This uniquely sweet snack is comprised of apples, raisins, fat-free cheddar cheese, cinnamon and brown sugar, all heated up in a saucepan and wrapped in a tortilla. Slice the wrap in half and enjoy a low-fat, low-calorie treat.

BLT Bites

This finger food would work well as an appetizer at any party. Scoop the pulp out of cherry tomatoes and fill with a combination of crumbled turkey bacon, celery, fat-free mayonnaise, green onions and Parmesan cheese. You can pop a couple of these in your mouth and enjoy a light and tasty snack.

Breaded Zucchini Sticks

This dish is easy, delicious and will have you licking your fingers. Simply brush zucchini slices with a little olive oil and season with sea salt, black pepper and parsley. Then coat them with Panko bread crumbs, which are a lighter and flakier version of traditional bread crumbs . Bake in the oven until golden brown and crispy. Dip the zucchini in a low-fat ranch dressing or low-sodium tomato sauce.

Black Bean Quesadillas

Quesadillas are a popular finger food but are often accompanied by fatty condiments, such as sour cream and cheese dip. Skip those fattening dips and add flavor to your quesadillas by filling whole-wheat tortillas with black beans, fat-free cheese, red bell peppers and jalapenos. If dipping is necessary, opt for a low-sodium salsa.

Grilled Chicken Skewers

Eating food with your fingers is fun, but eating food on a stick is thrilling. You can put your grilling skills to work in creating this dish. Start by marinating diced chicken breasts in a citrus marinade, then put the pieces on skewers. Brush them lightly with olive oil and grill until thoroughly cooked. Pairing this with a skewer of grilled vegetables is a healthy way to enjoy low-calorie finger foods.

Ants on a Log

This is a finger food that may be nostalgic of your childhood years, but it is just as delicious and healthy as it was then. By spreading a little peanut butter or low-fat cream cheese on a celery stick and placing a few raisins on top of that, you’ll create a tantalizing, low-calorie finger food that will leave you feeling full.

About this Author

A resident of Atlanta, Niya McIver has recently channeled her nutrition experience into a writing career. For the past year, her articles have appeared in, where she’s a consistent nutrition contributor. She studied psychology at Florida State University.