Skinny Dips

People around the country are prepping for Super Bowl parties, and whether you’ll watch for the game or the commercials, you’ll likely have lots of food options close at hand. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest food day in the U.S., checking in right behind Thanksgiving. And right behind that statistic is another: the Calorie Control Council and Snack Food Association forecast Americans will eat 30 million pounds of snacks on the big game day.

That’s enough information to make you lose your appetite! Keep things simple, fresh and light for your guests and you’ll be the winner on game day! Consider these tasty, “skinny” dips to serve.

Green Goddess Dip from Prevention

Makes 1-1/2 cups

Ingredients

1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 cups baby spinach
1-1/2 cups fresh herbs (pick any of your favorites like tarragon, chives, basil), coarsely chopped
2 scallions, green parts only, chopped
1 tablespoon anchovy paste
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste

Method

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.

Taste and season with salt and pepper, as needed.

Chill before serving.

Mediterranean Party Dip

Since this tasty dip does include goat cheese, you can opt to make it a bit skinnier by simply swapping out the regular mayonnaise for the reduced-fat option. This dip is just different enough to pull your party pals away from the game, at least for a timeout!

Roasted Red Beet Hummus

The vibrant color of this dip is beautiful! With beets and chickpeas as the main ingredients, not only is a spoonful divine, it’s devoid of all the heavy-duty stuff that typically weighs down a good snack. Thanks to TreeHugger for this treat.

Sweet Pea and Ginger Dip

From Shape, check out this bright and vibrant dip that tastes as good as it looks! Peas combined with ginger ensure you won’t get a penalty for eating a full-on, fat-filled dip.

Time for Extra Points

These are so easy, tasty and healthy you might want to make all three! From sun-dried tomatoes with roasted red peppers to artichoke hearts to green olives, you’re sure to find a dip you’ll love. Check out this OA feature and take your pick: 3 Easy, 3-ingredient Spreads that Wow!

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