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Friday, January 29, 2016

Gear Up for a Better Game-Day Spread

With Super Bowl parties just around the corner, to say nothing of routine get-togethers with friends, chips are a frequent flyer of almost every party.  What goes on that chip is the key to boosting the nutrition of your buffet table.

Snacking isn’t about sneaking.  Be bold and make snack time more delicious and nutritious with an extra serving of veggies to boot!

When choosing a chip, here are a few things to consider:
1. One thing to watch for to keep nutrition in mind when selecting a chip is the length of the ingredient label.  The shorter the list, the closer it is to whole, real foods it will be.  Nothing beats a simple, short, and pronounceable food label. 

2. Also, watch the sodium level of your “edible spoon” and then choose your dip wisely since the chip is only half of the nutrition picture here. 
Since most of us fall short on veggie and fiber intake, here are some tips to keep your dips delicious and nutritious:
When in doubt choose beans.  Bean dips, hummus and salsas full of black beans are just a few examples.  Beans always bring more fiber, folate and iron to the table. 
Makeover an old favorite.  Southwestern Layered Bean dip is loaded not only with beans, but veggies and is a fresher more nutritious take on the seven layered dip of your childhood. 
Try a middle-eastern version of a seven layer dip hummus, greek yogurt, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta and parsley and dill. middle eastern layered dip
Add in extra veggies or fruits.  If your creamy artichoke dip is already lightened, add in some chopped spinach or kale, if your pico de gallo is already bursting with veggies – add in some mango or pineapple. 

If you make sure that your edible spoons are moving more delicious fruits, veggies and fiber to your mouth, then regardless of the final score, you're bound to have a win!

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