Sure, you could painstakingly create beautiful appetizers for your next party, but honestly, who has time for that? We know it's easier to hit up the frozen aisle of the grocery store, but sometimes those packaged foods can skyrocket off the charts nutrition-wise. Check out this list of 10 healthy frozen appetizers from Women's Health that will be a hit at your next get-together.
1. Whole Foods Market Brie Bites with Mostarda: These had just a touch of sweetness (the mostarda sauce is made with apples, dried figs, and pear puree) and were full of ooey-gooey deliciousness.
Per 3-piece serving: 200 cal, 10 g fat (4.5 g saturated), 20 g carbs, 5 g sugar, 210 mg sodium, <1 g fiber, 6 g protein
2. Ai Vy All-Natural Vegan Spring Rolls: These tasted really close to the spring rolls you'd get at a restaurant—and would definitely hit the spot when you get a craving for Asian food.
Per 1-roll serving: 80 cal, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated), 14 g carbs, 2 g sugar, 190 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein
3. Sukhi's Masala Meatballs: These were super-flavorful—our site director said she could have eaten the whole box!
Per 3-meatball serving: 140 cal, 7 g fat (2 g saturated), 5 g carbs, 2 g sugar, 270 mg sodium, <1 g fiber, 14 g protein
- Pro tip: "Take some crème fraîche or sour cream, and mix in your favorite chopped herb and a little squeeze of citrus," suggests chef Owen Tilley, director of new product innovation at Sea Cuisine. Put the mixture in a zip-top bag, snip off a corner, and squeeze a little bit onto each meatball to make them seem extra-fancy.
4. Sea Cuisine Bacon-Wrapped Scallops: We love that these contain just two ingredients: bacon and scallops—and we were also impressed with how crisp the bacon got (while the scallops remained chewy).
Per 6-scallop serving: 180 cal, 8 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 3 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 590 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 22 g protein
- Pro tip: "Take a fruit purees or nectars—I like peach, apricot, or guava—and use that a simple toss," says Tilley. "When you cook your frozen protein, take it out, give it a toss in the nectar, and it'll pick up those fruity flavors."
5. Saffron Road Crispy Samosas with Saag Paneer: These were nice and crispy, and the seasoning was on-point. It was similar to some spanakopitas we tried, but less oily.
Per 4-piece serving: 160 cal, 7 g fat (1.5 g saturated), 21 g carbs, 3 g sugar, 250 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein
- Pro tip: "Mix together some Sriracha with a little mayonnaise, sour cream, or crème fraîche for a creamy, spicy sauce you can use with anything," says Tilley.