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Mad-easy 5-ingredient dips

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., March 23, 2010 - 12:05am

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March Madness means sports madness in my house. My husband loves to kick back and watch big games, playoffs and tournaments, like March Madness, with friends at our house. And because he’s a man (sorry for the stereotype), he rarely gives me much advance notice that his friends are coming over to watch the game. I’m lucky if he tells me before I walk in the door from work. Typically on the heels of telling me his friends are on their way, he throws in a request for something to snack on. And if I could make it healthy, he’d like that too.

I’m more than happy to oblige with chips and dips—my go-to snack. We always have healthy baked chips and vegetables around and I can whip up a yummy dip in minutes with things I already have in the kitchen. Since March Madness goes on for a couple weeks, I keep the dips on the healthy side so we can all enjoy the games, but not foul up our diets.

Here are 4 practically instant dips with 5 ingredients or less that I whip up for game time:

Spicy Blue Cheese Dip: Make this your dip for Boneless Buffalo Wings and crunchy vegetables instead of a higher-fat blue cheese dressing.

Zesty Bean Dip & Chips: Stirring salsa into versatile canned refried beans makes a quick and healthy bean dip.

Avocado-Corn Salsa: This fresh salsa is so simple: just mix avocado, convenient frozen corn and grape tomatoes with spices and you’re dipping!

Quick Guacamole: To make this easy guacamole, mash a few avocados, stir in lemon juice and you're done!

What are your favorite super-easy snacks? Tell us what you think below.

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Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D.
Brierley holds a master’s degree in Nutrition Communication from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

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