Be an MVP and serve these healthier chips and dips on game day.

Carolyn Malcoun
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Be an MVP and serve these healthier chips and dips on game day. Watch: Are Potato Chips Or Tortillas Healthier?

Forget Thanksgiving or Christmas: Super Bowl Sunday is my favorite holiday. I've been watching football since I was a little kid and no matter who's playing, the big game is cause for celebration every year. My husband and I have a houseful of friends and a huge spread of food. Chips and dips are always on the menu-they're easy to make and they're easy to huddle around. But this year I'll make healthier versions of some of my favorites. I'll help keep tight ends tight with lower-fat, warm and gooey queso dip and zesty baked Chile-Lime Tortilla Chips. Spinach dip always scores a touchdown-and everyone will love scooping it up with homemade whole-wheat pita chips. I'll stay away from dips that use boxed, high-sodium dry mixes with dehydrated vegetables and win over friends with the rich flavor of our French Onion Dip made with real onions-especially when served with the crunchiest-ever potato chips, made in the microwave instead of a deep fryer. I know that regardless of who wins the game, I'll score points with my fellow fans with these healthy game-day favorites.

The average football fan takes in an estimated 1,200 calories while watching the big game, so pass on store-bought snacks that are loaded with fat and sodium. Instead, try our healthier homemade chips and dips.

January/February 2009