Do you need a new dinner party idea that will leave your guests satisfied
and raving about it for weeks to come? In honor of National Something
on a Stick Day, try making your next party a three-course meal that consists
of only foods served on a stick. After all, who doesn’t love skewered
finger foods that you can pick up and eat? Not to mention, it cuts down
on the dishes to clean up after!
Before getting started, consider the menu. When it comes to something on
a stick, most people think of the more traditional foods found at street
fairs and food trucks like corn dogs, fried cheese, BBQ steak kabobs,
candy apples, ice cream bars, cake pops and cotton candy.
Instead of creating a menu of breaded, deep fried, fatty and sugar-laden
foods that will do very little, if any, good for your body, here are eight
healthy options for fun foods served on a stick:
Appetizers & Side Dishes
Cheese … with a twist. Instead of breaded and deep fried, consider these healthier options that
incorporate veggies, herbs and fruits:
watermelon and feta skewers, or
grilled peach, basil, sausage and mozzarella skewers (made with sweet Italian
Tried and true veggies. Talking about the health benefits of vegetables is endless, but sometimes
ideas for ways to serve and eat them get old and soggy. Try these recipes
filled with a multitude of vitamins and nutrients:
Tandoori-grilled broccoli and cauliflower,
grilled mustardy Brussels sprouts and
spiced scallop zucchini kebabs or
mushroom and eggplant kebobs.
Part superfood, part dessert—all delicious. Test out these
grilled coconut sweet potato kebobs – packed with immunity-boosting vitamin A, fiber and vitamin C,
they can be served as an appetizer or a sweet treat after the meal.
(Read more about the health benefits of sweet potatoes.)
Chicken, a million different ways. You know that scene in Forrest Gump about the five million ways you can
cook and eat shrimp? Well, the same could be said for all of the options
you have for chicken, a lean protein on a stick. There’s
marinated Greek chicken skewers,
honey chicken kebabs (there are those amazing veggies again!), the list goes on.
From the sea to your spear. Try
tuna and avocado skewers, orscallop, orange and cucumber kebabs as an appetizer or main entrée. Many kinds of
seafood are high in protein and certain nutrients, and are also good sources
of Omega-3s, all things that can do your body good.
Desserts & Drinks
Fresh fruit, period. Make fresh berry skewers (a combination of any of your favorites—strawberries,
raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, Goji berries, etc.) or
grilled apples, pears and cheese skewers, and serve a
Greek yogurt dip on the side.
Frozen fruit … need we say more? Ditch the cake pops and lollipops and instead try making
berry yogurt popsicles,
frozen grape and banana skewers drizzled with dark chocolate,
frozen yogurt covered blueberry kebobs or
watermelon jalapeno ice pops.
Eat your cocktail or coffee. Try fruit-filled
white peach sangria on a stick or
sparkling strawberry pops (there’s also a non-alcoholic version), or even
iced coffee pops.
As you can see, there’s isn’t much that can’t be put
on a stick when it comes to food. So, create your menu, invite your friends
and family over, and start skewering!
What’s your favorite healthy food on a stick? Share it with us in
the comments below.
Read more on this topic in our previously published article,
“Temptation on a Stick: What to Eat (And Not to Eat) at the Fair.”