I am pumped up about Sunday’s game. And no, I’m not the die-hard football fan that my brother-in-law is. But, I am excited about watching the game in good company and cheering on an athlete I worked with when he was a college standout (a stellar Steeler and all around phenomenal person).
As a dietitian I realize many people also get pumped up because football is an excuse to drink beer and eat fried food, chips and more fried food. I often wonder how anyone gets excited about that (isn’t fried food plentiful in our country? It isn’t unique to football, the fall or anything else for that matter). There are however tons of healthy and much more flavorful foods that you can incorporate into your big game day.
I have two favorite dips I’m going to share with you. The first one is simple:
Smoked Salmon Dip
Fat free cream cheese
skinless, boneless canned salmon
smoke flavoring (a dash will do, more to taste)
Directions: Just mix it together in a bowl and you are done! Seriously, that easy.
By the way, smoke flavoring is found near the soy sauce in your grocery store. Fat free + healthy salmon and delicious!
My other favorite is:
Roasted Red Pepper Pistachio Dip
Makes 12 servings
1/4 cup pistachios, shelled and toasted (3 oz)
3/4 cup roasted red peppers (almost the entire 7 oz jar minus the liquid)
2 Tbsp bread crumbs
1 ounce lemon or lime juice
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp sea salt or regular salt
Directions: Toast pistachios in 350 degree oven for 4-5 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Pulse pistachios in food processor (or a clean coffee grinder) for 30 seconds to chop nuts (reserve 1 Tbsp for garnish). Add all other ingredients to food processor bowl (changing blades on the food processor). Blend in food processor for 1 minute until smooth. Refrigerate for a few hours. Garnish with remaining pistachios and serve with vegetables or chips.
Nutrition Analysis (per 1/12 of recipe):
Fat: 3 grams
Protein: 1.7 grams
Carbohydrate: 5 grams
Fiber: < 1 gram
Sodium: 183 mg
In addition to my favorite dips (paired with veggies of course), take a peek at Whole Foods all time favorites:
Spicy Cheddar-Jack Cauliflower Dip (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/recipe.php?recipeId=2428
Tofu Curry Dip with Chives (Vegetarian, Dairy Free)http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/recipe.php?recipeId=29
Spinach-Mushroom Quesadillas with Feta (Vegetarian)http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/recipe.php?recipeId=2426
Eight-Layer Mediterranean Dip (Vegetarian)http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/recipe.php?recipeId=2439
Vegetarian Chipotle Chili (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/recipe.php?recipeId=1851
Turkey Chili (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/recipe.php?recipeId=387
Herb-Roasted Sweet Potato Skins (Vegan, Gluten-Free)http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/recipe.php?recipeId=1397