By Penelope Wall, January 18, 2011 - 10:57am
Are you planning to watch the Super Bowl this year? I am. But I don't watch the Super Bowl for the football—or for the commercials. I do it for the food (and the company, of course). I love football food. My favorite? Dips. Any kind of dip you can imagine. I love bean dip with tortilla chips. I love creamy dips with crunchy vegetables. I love guacamole with... anything! My husband’s favorite is blue cheese dip with Buffalo wings.
But here’s a stat I read recently that made me rethink my dip cravings: the average football fan takes in an estimated 1,200 calories while watching the big game. Plus many store-bought dips can be loaded with saturated fat, salt and additives. I’m not a linebacker—I don’t need to eat like one either!
So I’ll pass on the store-bought dips and whip up some healthier homemade versions with these quick recipes that call for just 3 ingredients or less (not including salt & pepper).
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Use a cup of salsa to make this easy guacamole. Mash a few avocados, stir in lemon juice and you’re done! Guacamole will turn brown if allowed to sit and is best made shortly before serving.
Make this your dip instead of a higher-fat blue cheese dressing. We’ve added a generous amount of cayenne pepper for fans of hot wings—omit the cayenne if you’re serving this to a less “spicy” crowd.
Stirring salsa into versatile canned refried beans makes a quick and healthy bean dip. It also works well as a sandwich spread with your favorite vegetables and a sprinkle of cheese.
Stir lemon pepper into cottage cheese for a quick and healthy vegetable dip. We like carrots and snow peas, but any crunchy vegetables you have on hand will do.
What's your favorite football food? Have you ever tried to make a healthier version?
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