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5 Healthy St. Patrick's Day party food ideas

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St. Patrick's Day parties usually evoke images of green beer, corned beef, cabbage, and some sort of dessert colored green with food coloring. If you are watching your weight, St. Patrick's Day parties don't usually offer the best in low calorie or nutritious food choices. Here are a few ideas for nutritious, delicious, and appetizing St. Patrick's Day party foods you can feel good about serving and eating.

1. Fresh fruit rainbow. Arrange fruits such as red grapes, green grapes, mandarin oranges, strawberries, blueberries, or chunks of melon into a rainbow shape. A fresh fruit platter with the Luck of the Irish.

2. Green bell peppers as shamrocks. Thinly slice a whole bell pepper cross wise. Save a few slices to cut into stems. Serve with a low fat dip made from Greek yogurt.

3. Shamrock chips made from spinach tortillas. Using a cookie cutter in the shape of a shamrock, cut out festive shapes from whole spinach tortillas or sandwich wraps. Bake in the oven at 400 for 5-7 minutes or until crisp. Serve with pot of gold cheesy dip.

4. Miniature spinach quiche. Using a basic spinach quiche recipe of frozen spinach, eggs, milk, and Swiss cheese, , make mini-quiches perfect for finger foods at a party. For an easy crust, use Phyllo dough or crescent rolls.

5. Guacamole deviled eggs. Sort of along the lines of Green Eggs and Ham, but with a St. Patrick's Day flair. Just add some avocado to a basic deviled egg recipe and you have a high-protein, low sugar, low carb green party food.

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