Whether you prefer to tailgate during football season or stay within the comfy confines of your living room, fun food makes the game.
Dipping is a satisfying way to make your food last just a little bit longer.
But to taper mindless munching, try these healthy dip ideas at your next football party. With a few simple ingredients, you can bring the same old chips and dip to a whole new level.
Black Bean and Garlic dip
This simple recipe has an addictive quality that will keep you coming back for more. Because I cannot stop eating this dip, sliced cucumbers and baby carrots keep calories down, giving me the green light to eat freely.
1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
1 garlic clove, minced
¼ cup water
1 tablespoon canola oil
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
Blend ingredients in a blender or food processor, and serve with your favorite raw vegetables or corn chips.
Nutrition information (per ¼ cup): 70 calories, 2 grams fat, 288 mgs sodium, 186 mgs potassium, 10 grams carbs, 4 grams fiber, 1 gram sugar, 4 grams protein
Pumpkin Cream Cheese
Tis the season for pumpkin, and this rich and creamy dip makes a perfect, crowd-pleasing appetizer or dessert. Sliced apples or pears are a light touch that complement the dip and the season.
1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
1 cup low-fat cream cheese, softened
¼ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1⁄8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Blend ingredients in a blender or food processor, and serve with whole-wheat graham crackers, sliced apples. Or use as a spread on whole-wheat toast or homemade zucchini bread.
Nutrition information (per ¼ cup): 98 calories, 5 grams fat, 112 mgs sodium, 76 mgs potassium, 11 grams carbs, 1 gram fiber, 7 grams sugar, 3 grams protein
Honey Mustard Dip
When you look at the ingredients and simplicity of this dip, it makes no sense to spend money on a store-bought version. This fresh, simple dip will spice up your next party or make it a staple when grilling chicken.
1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
2 tablespoons mustard
2 tablespoons honey
Mix and served with grilled chicken tenders, homemade chicken nuggets or shrimp or chicken kabobs.
Nutrition information (per 2 tablespoons): 24 calories, 0 grams fat, 43 mgs sodium, 4 grams carbs, 4 grams sugar, 2 grams protein
If you have guests trying to watch what they eat, they will thank you for this light dip that is both satisfying and a little indulgent. Create a beautiful vegetable tray with three colors of pepper strips, sugar snap peas and long sticks of asparagus for a veggie tray that tastes as good as it looks.
½ cup nonfat plain yogurt
½ cup reduced-fat mayonnaise or sour cream
1 tablespoon Mrs. Dash
Directions: Mix and serve with your favorite raw vegetables, or use this as a condiment in place of sour cream for a flavorful twist over the normal toppings on chili, tacos or quesadillas.
Nutrition information (per 2 tablespoons): 55 calories, 4 grams fat, 148 mgs sodium, 85 mgs potassium, 3 grams carbs, 2 grams sugar, 2 grams protein
Niki Kubiak is a sports-certified registered dietitian, competitive runner and owner of Niki Kubiak Sports Nutrition and Weight Loss. She blogs regularly for