The SuperBowl is here again!

The SuperBowl….a great excuse for a party! But not a great excuse for busting through your belt! Here are some easy and enjoyable dip recipes to bring to your football fiesta! All can be served with fresh vegetables (low calorie and high in fiber), or whole grain crackers or tortillas.

Extra-Easy Hummus

Prep time 5 minutes
Hummus is a great choice for dipping! With fiber and protein from the chickpeas, it leaves you feeling more satisfied than many others. It can also be very versatile in flavor. Try adding more garlic, roasted red peppers, or experiment with other herbs and spices to change the flavor!

Ingredients

  • 15-oz can low sodium chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • lemon juice to taste
  • minced garlic to taste
  • crushed red pepper flakes, optional

Directions

Step 1
Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth. Serve with fresh vegetables or whole grain crackers.

Quick & Easy Black Bean Dip

Serves 1 1/2 cups
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 20 minutes
Meal type Appetizer, Snack, Starter
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable
Website eatingwell.com
Per 1 tablespoon: ~20kcals, 3g carbs, 1g fiber, 1g protein.

Ingredients

  • 15-oz can low sodium black beans, rinsed
  • 1/2-1 cup prepared salsa
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Directions

Step 1
Combine black beans, salsa, lime juice, cilantro and cumin in a food processor. Process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Skinny and Satisfying Artichoke Dip

Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Meal type Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack, Starter
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Hot
Website cookingwithmykid.com

Ingredients

  • 14-oz can artichoke hearts, rinse, drained and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup plain non-fat greek yogurt
  • 1/2-3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain breadcrumbs, seasoned

Note

This dip is super easy to prep and much better for your waist then typical artichoke dip recipes. Still creamy and cheesy, but with less fat and calories, and more protein from the greek yogurt!

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 375F. Combine chopped artichokes,greek yogurt, garlic and cheese in medium bowl until well-mixed. Transfer to glass backing dish. Sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake until bubbling, about 25 to 30 minutes. Cool for 5 to 7 minutes before serving. Serve with fresh vegetable sticks or whole grain tortilla chips.

Using Food to Boost your Mood?

Have you ever thought that food may play a role in your mood? Well, it just may. Usually our mood helps determine what we choose for food, but perhaps we should let our food help improve our mood! Foods rich in omega 3 fatty acid, folic acid, tryptophan, and selenium may help with memory, as well as mood improvement according to abc’s KABC-TV. Check out this link to read more!

 Try this Super Easy Salmon Salad recipe for a healthy helping of omega 3’s! Great served with lettuce, whole grain crackers, or whole-grain pita bread!

Super Easy Salmon Salad

Serves 2-4
Prep time 10 minutes
Meal type Appetizer, Lunch, Main Dish, Salad, Side Dish
Misc Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
By author Adapted from cookthink.com

Ingredients

  • 2 (15oz) cans salmon, drained
  • 1 tablespoon plain, non-fat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons fresh chopped dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

Step 1
Add salmon to a large bowl, and fork to gently seperate. Add all other ingredients and mix well.

Sweet Potato Hummus

Easy and delicious sweet potato hummus. Serve with whole-wheat pita bread, whole-grain crackers, or fresh vegetable sticks for a quick and healthy snack!

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