I don’t know about you but I’m getting pretty excited about the big NFL bowl game this Sunday as it holds a special place in my heart. Ironically enough, though my husband and I aren’t the biggest big sports fans we met at a bowl party several years ago where we became friends. Not more than one year later we were married, so every time the big game rolls around in February I think back on that special day.
Being the foodie that I am, the immediate second place my mind goes to when thinking about football is food. Lucky for me there will be no short supply of good eats come February 3, and we have you covered with some healthier options for your game day spread. Instead of filling your guests with queso and bacon-wrapped meat, serve up these eight healthier dips that any football fan would love.
Hummus with a Secret Ingredient – Hummus is healthier than your average dip to start with, but thanks to a secret ingredient this version has a fraction of the calories than the original without sacrificing a bit on taste.
Horseradish, Bacon and Onion Dip – If you love savory foods with a kick, this is the dip for you. A creamy horseradish dip with light cream cheese and mayo and turkey bacon makes the perfect healthier dip for your spread of veggies, chips and crackers.
Lighter Buffalo Chicken Dip – Perhaps our most popular recipe to date is this creamy, flavorful dip that has a fraction of the calories of most buffalo chicken dips. The secret is light cream cheese, ranch dressing mix instead of the dressing, Greek yogurt and reduced-fat cheese. The result is a cheesy, spicy dip with plenty of protein and zest. Your guests won’t be able to get enough.
Ada Wong’s 7 Layer Dip – Most 7 layer dips wreak havoc on your waistline, but this version is loaded with fiber and protein thanks to black beans and plenty of fresh vegetables. Don’t worry – there’s still enough flavor to keep your guests coming back for seconds and thirds.
Roasted Red Pepper Dip – An unexpected item on your game day spread will be this creamy roasted red pepper dip that’s sweet, spicy and perfect for serving with vegetables, chips and even drizzling over grilled chicken and salads.
Lightened Up Guacamole – It’s not a true party without guacamole – that’s what I say anyway. This lightened up guacamole is the perfect way to satisfy your guests without loading them up on calories. The secret ingredient? You’ll have to check out the recipe to find out.
Guiltless Spinach and Artichoke Dip – This dip is one of my personal favorites and for good reason: It tastes just as indulgent as restaurant versions but has nearly half the calories and fat. Thanks to swaps like light cream cheese for full fat and a bulked up amount of spinach and artichokes, this dip disguises vitamin-packed veggies in copious amounts of creamy, cheesy flavor.
Chocolate Hazelnut Chobani Dip – Last but not least is this creamy and healthy chocolate hazelnut dip we dreamed up for Chobani. With only a handful of ingredients, this simple dessert or snack is easy to throw together and makes the perfect dip for healthy items like apples, bananas and strawberries.
For even more game day inspiration, check out our 16 Guiltless Recipes for a Ravens or 49ers Fan. There’s something there to please every palette.
February 1st, 2013