Game Day Healthy Dip Alternatives

March 5, 2012 — Leave a comment

For those of you who know me, or follow me on Twitter (@So_Healthy), you’re probably aware of my recent found love of basketball. I’m not writing a blog about basketball, but seeing the NCAA March Madness and all I figured it would be suiting to post about game day snacks, mainly the oh-so notorious dips. Dips are delicious. They’re salty, packed full of goodies, and go really well with carb-heavy dippers. Men’s Health magazine describes it best when they say “most supermarket offerings have ingredient lists that read like a chemical spill.”

What if I told you that it didn’t have to be that way? What if I provided you with some examples of delicious, healthy dips that you could make at your next game day party? Well that’s exactly the purpose of this blog post. The March issue of Men’s Health provided a couple really appealing dip ideas that I loved so much that I now want to share them with all of you. The best part is, like all recipes I post on here, they’re easy. All you will need is a food processor or blender.

The first one up is the “Smoky Black-Bean Dip.”

Black beans are good for us because they benefit our digestive tract, particularly the colon, by potentially reducing the chance of cancer in this area. Also, black beans are blessed with high protein and fiber, the tag-team champions at keeping you full for longer.  This dip partners beans with ricotta for extra creaminess.

1 can (15oz) black beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup ricotta cheese

4oz prosciutto, chopped

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 carrot, peeled and shredded

¼ small red onion, chopped

1 tsp ground cumin

Juice of ½ lime

1 tsp dried oregano

½ tsp salt

– Place the beans in a food processor and pulse several times to break them up.

– Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.

– Makes 3 ½ cups.

The next dip is the “Stout Cheese Dip.”

This one has beer and cheese, and it’s still a healthier choice. A lot of supermarket brands have a base of mayonnaise which is how they become so calorie and fat dense. This dip shows you have to create a great tasting snack while dodging that belly busting foundation.

2 cups shredded reduced-fat cheddar

¼ small red onion, chopped

2 scallions, sliced

2 tsp grainy mustard

1 tsp horseradish

1 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary

¼ tsp salt

¼ cup low-fat sour cream

¼ cup dark beer (such as Guiness)

– Place the cheddar, shallot, scallions, mustard, horseradish, rosemary, and salt in a food processor, and pulse several times to combine.

– Add the sour cream and beer; blend until smooth.

– Makes 2 ½ cups.

Both of these dips taste great and are much better alternatives to those concoctions you find at the grocery store. Needless to say you will probably impress a few people when you bust these dips out as well. Top it all off with the perfect dippers. Try to avoid the typical potato chips and pretzels. They won’t score you many points with a crowd. Instead, dip with a colourful range of veggies, sweet-potato fries, or jerky. You won’t regret it.

Let’s go Raptors!

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