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By: Lauren McRae
What's better than cheering on your favorite team along with the whole country this Sunday? Munching on your favorite snacks! Here are our 5 winner-dips for game day that won't crash your diet.
Here, Alyssa Carlson, Clinical Dietitian Specialist at NorthShore's Department of Clinical Nutrition, fills us in on some healthy options:
Buffalo Hummus Contains all the goodness of traditional hummus - with chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and seasoning, plus "buffalo" hot sauce! And, lots of blue cheese if that's your thing, too.
How is it healthy? Chickpeas, the main ingredient, is high in protein, fiber (particularly soluble fiber to help reduce cholesterol), which promotes satiety to help prevent overeating. Look to pair this hummus with filling, low-calorie, options such as sliced veggies or whole-grain crackers.
Recipe adapted from Gimmesomeoven.com.
Vegan Nacho Cheese Do you like cheese but not all the dairy and the calories? Try this cheese-less dip that tastes just like cheese! Instead, it's made with potatoes and carrots. Make sure you're using a high-powered blender, not a conventional blender or the dip won't turn out smooth.
Yogurt Queso with Cilantro Cream If cheese is your thing though, try this yogurt-y dip that's tangy and tasty. While this recipe has some high-fat foods (butter, whole milk) these promote satiety (just avoid overeating). Look to further reduce saturated fat in parts of this recipe by using reduced-fat yogurt, and/or reduced-fat cheese. The use of yogurt will give you an added calcium boost, which maintains strong bones, protein, and probiotics for gut health.
To make the cilantro cream:
Recipe adapted from mynameisyeh.com.
Whipped Artichoke & Feta Dip A traditional-dip go-to, but oh so good! And, it's only 5 ingredients!
Recipe adapted from deliciousonadime.com.
Serving size: 1/4 cupRecipe makes 10 servings Ingredients: