4 Party Dips to Eat and 3 to Avoid
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When the weekend comes we all like to get our party on, and nothing makes a party better than a tasty tip! From the dips that go well with pita to those that play up their own flavors, we love to graze on these finger-lickin’ tasty snacks! The problem with dips, though, is that they are mindless munchies. You pass the bowl, take a dip, and repeat until you’re scraping the bowl for sides.
It may seem obvious which dips are the best for your health. But sorry to tell you partiers: looks can be deceiving. Your dip may contain words like "spinach" and "red pepper," but these suckers can pack a punch calorie-wise — especially since you know you are going to go over the recommended serving size (2 tablespoons?! Come on.)
So in hopes of keeping you healthy while you’re living it up this weekend, we compiled a roundup of common party dips ranked from the unhealthiest to the healthiest for your next party.
You and your guests can snack fear-free if you follow our advice!
Roasted Red Pepper–Feta Dip
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Roasted red pepper dip often suffers from lackluster flavor. To avoid that pitfall, we blacken the peppers and save the liquid they release after steaming, then blend it all together with feta for maximum punch. Enjoy the dip with crackers or toasted pita, then slather the leftovers on chicken or vegetables for a quick meal.
What to buy: Look for a mild feta that won’t overwhelm the flavor of the dip.
Game plan: The dip can be made up to 2 days ahead and refrigerated in a covered container.
65 Super Bowl Snacks For the Ultimate Football Party
A few things are certain every Super Bowl Sunday. Some fans will be the happiest they've ever been, and others not so much. The company will be great, and the food incomparable. But if you're in charge of supplying the latter for the big game day, it may be a little stressful trying to find the perfect Super Bowl snacks, and understandably so. You may be looking for recipes that little ones and adults will enjoy all the same, don't take too long to prepare, and are easy to make. These Super Bowl party foods are just some of the many game day snacks out there. From grilled vegetables, to chili cheese dogs, to all the dips you could possibly imagine, there's something for everyone &mdash picky eats, meat lovers, and even vegetarians.
However, it's important to note, that while you may be accustomed to throwing a big party for all of your neighbors, friends, and family on Super Bowl Sunday, it may be best to avoid those kinds of celebrations this year. The COVID-19 pandemic rages on, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to advise against large gatherings whenever possible. So, this Super Bowl Sunday, instead of hosting a block party, you may want to consider having a smaller gathering with your quarantine pod or just those who live in your household. But, hey, even they have to eat, and any one of these Super Bowl snacks is bound to be an instant crowd-pleaser.
28 Dessert Dips Worth Throwing A Party Over
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In the time it takes you to bake and frost a cake, you could make ALL of these.
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S'mores without the fire hazard!
All the Fluff and peanut butter you love from the sandwich in dip form.
This dip is a toffee lover's dream.
This dip is literally bananas.
With gingerbread cookie dippers, it tastes like the world's best eggnog cheesecake.
Eating one on a stick is overrated.
When churros met Nutella, your world became a better place.
All the best cookie dough flavors rolled into one irresistible no-bake dessert dip.
So much better than licking the mixing bowl.
What could be better than a molten candy bar?
You could create a full-blown sundae bar at your next party&mdashbattling drippy, immediately melting tubs of ice cream&mdashor you could try this fluffy, whipped dessert that only takes five minutes to make. Take things really over-the-top by serving it with crushed waffle cone pieces.
With swirls of caramel, specks of cinnamon, and sweet toffee pieces, this dip is the perfect welcome-to-fall app.
Your ugly sweater party isn't complete without this dip. The best part? There's no bothering with water baths or any of the other hassles you normally run into when making traditional cheesecake.
The tomatoes, peppers, onion and fresh cilantro in traditional Mexican salsa provide vitamin C and a lot of flavor, especially hotter salsas heavy on the jalapeño peppers. Tomato salsa is also rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that may help protect cells from damage.
Making salsa at home is easy, but there are plenty of store-bought ones that also taste delicious and avoid unhealthy ingredients. (Read the nutrition label and avoid buying those containing a lot of sodium, sweeteners or chemical preservatives.)
The downside is that the usual way to enjoy salsa — as a dip for tortilla chips — means eating all the salt and fat in the chips. So much for a healthy snack. For a healthier option, consider making your own tortilla chips or choose baked chips instead of fried.
There are many creative ways to use salsa that take advantage of its flavor and versatility. So if you’re a fan, don’t limit your enjoyment to a huge basket of tortilla chips. Try these ideas for healthy things to eat with salsa.
10 more uses for this flavorful Mexican condiment
- With eggs. Top scrambled eggs or an omelet with a big dollop of salsa. Or spoon the eggs and salsa into a whole-wheat tortilla to roll up as a breakfast burrito. The whole-wheat tortilla adds fiber. Top deviled eggs with a bit of hot salsa for a spicy kick.
- For cooking meat in the slow cooker. Place a boneless pork roast or boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a slow cooker. Top with a generous amount of homemade or store-bought salsa (for a 4-pound pork roast, for example, pour in a large jar of store-bought salsa). Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours, depending on your slow cooker and how much meat you’re preparing. When it’s done, shred the meat with two forks, incorporating the salsa into the shredded meat. You now have a big batch of filling for tacos, burritos or any Mexican-themed casseroles. (Topping it with some chopped fresh cilantro is a nice touch.) Leftovers freeze easily, too.
- Substitute salsa for salad dressing. Green salads are lovely, low-calorie lunches and side dishes, but store-bought salad dressings can be high in salt, sugar and fat. (Again, read the nutrition label and watch serving sizes.) If you can’t stand the idea of a rather dry salad but want to cut out the calories from salad dressing, try a big scoop of salsa on your salad instead. It works especially well with salads containing beans (think black, red or pinto beans) or some chopped cooked chicken. The salsa adds some moisture and the punch of the jalapeño pepper to what might otherwise be a bland lunch.
- Top grilled fish with salsa. This works especially well with salmon combined with fruit-based salsa. Best to wrap the fish and salsa in a foil packet to avoid a big mess when turning the fish on the grill.
- Slather your hamburger with a salsa as fiery as you like. Those containing lots of garlic or smoked peppers are ideal for burgers.
- Stir salsa into grits. Throwing in a little shredded Mexican cheese is yummy, too. (Watch the amount of cheese if you’re limiting saturated fats.)
- Marinade. Mix some canola oil and/or freshly squeezed citrus juice into the salsa to thin it out, then use it as a marinade for your favorite meat.
- With shrimp cocktail. Skip the cocktail sauce dredge big tender shrimp through a cilantro-heavy salsa instead.
- Homemade chili. Add a jar of store-bought salsa to your chili to take it from good to great.
- On a baked potato. Give a boring potato some pizzazz by adding salsa, grilled peppers and onions and a sprinkle of cheese for a hearty and satisfying lunch or dinner.
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Pesto Parmesan Cheese Bites
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic members: Journal as 1 serving of low-fat crackers OR 1 slice of bread
1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons water, warm or room temperature
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon fresh, finely chopped basil (or 1 teaspoon dried)
1 tablespoon fresh, finely chopped oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried)
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
1 cup unbleached white flour
1/4 ounce (1 packet) rapid rise or bread machine yeast
6 tablespoons store-bought or homemade pesto
6 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
- Add water, molasses, olive oil, garlic, basil, and oregano to bread machine pan (unless a different order is recommended by manufacturer). Add both types of flour to pan, and add the salt in one of the corners. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the yeast.
- Select the DOUGH cycle and press start. After a minute or so of mixing, look into the bread machine pan. If it looks like the dough needs a teaspoon or two of water, add that now.
- When the dough cycle is complete, about 1 hour and 40 minutes, divide dough into 8 pieces. Cut each of these pieces into 6 small pieces.
- Coat mini muffins cups with canola or olive oil cooking spray and press each small piece of dough into the muffin cup to make a bit of a shell. Spoon a slightly heaping 1/4 teaspoon of pesto into the center and sprinkle a slightly heaping 1/4 teaspoon of shredded Parmesan over the top of each.
- Bake the bread bites in a 400-degree oven until crust is golden brown, about 12 minutes.
Yield: 24 servings (2 bites per serving)
Per serving (2 bites): 62 calories, 2 g protein, 8 g carbohydrate, 2.5 g fat, 0.6 g saturated fat, 1.5 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 118 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 36%.
Instead of always bring the same boring snacks to the party, opt for these fantastic and creative party finger foods instead.
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1. Bourbon Bbq Little Smokies
Bourbon BBQ Little Smokies are a flavorful appetizer that’s easy to make and oh so good!
They are the perfect fit for any occasion or get together!
2. Homemade Mac and Cheese Bites
These bites are the PERFECT finger food or appetizer! Adults and kids alike go crazy for them.
If you are looking for a people pleasing recipe and/or appetizer, this recipe is fantastic!
The flavor is delicious and they are cooked to perfection!
3. Crunchy Taco Cups
How fun are these little Taco Cups made in a muffin tin??
I don’t think I’ll ever find another taco recipe I love more than these wonton tacos.
They have double layers of crunchy taco shell, seasoned beef, spicy tomatoes, and gooey cheese all in one perfect bite!
4. Cheesecake Factory Avocado Egg Rolls
Just like the restaurant-version, except it’s so much cheaper to make right at home and it tastes a million times better too!
5. Maple Caramel Bacon Crack
It’s highly addictive and extremely delicious. Smoky, sweet, crunchy, buttery, chewy — the perfect conglomerate of badassness.
And it has only four simple ingredients, all of which you probably have in your pantry right now.
6. Crab Rangoon Crescent Cups
Delicious crab and cream cheese are the perfect combination.
This is one of the easiest recipes to put together and my guests always rave about them!
7. Parmesan Crusted Tortellini Bites
Cheese filled tortellini that’s fried to golden perfection and dipped in warm marinara sauce.
8. Garlic Parmesan Clam Stuffed Mushrooms
Garlic Parmesan Clam Stuffed Mushrooms are perfect for the seafood lover.
Loaded with minced clams & 3 types of cheese make these the perfect appetizer.
9. Sweet Chicken Bacon Wraps
This one is a definite crowd pleaser. There are only 4 ingredients and one of them is bacon.
How could you not want to give these bad boys a try?
10. Mexican Shrimp Bites
This recipe for Mexican shrimp bites is seared shrimp and guacamole layered onto individual potato chips. A super easy appetizer that’s perfect for entertaining!
11. Firecracker Chicken Meatballs
This is my favorite way to eat chicken meatballs. They’re spiced up with a sweet, savory, and spicy firecracker sauce.
They’re tender, filled with flavor, and require minimum work!
12. Cannoli Dip
This dip is so divine you really don’t even need anything for dipping. It’s light and fluffy and perfectly creamy.
13. Pepperoni Pizza Puffs
These pizza puffs are not only delicious, they’re quick and easy to whip up! The texture is nice and fluffy with a cheesy flavor!
14. Garlic Pull-Apart Bread
It’s really easy to make. 6 ingredients and 30 minutes are all you need for this cheesy garlic pull-apart bread.
Serve it as a side, an appetizer, or a snack. Bring it to a potluck or tailgate party to knock everyone’s socks off!
15. Spinach Balls
Spinach Balls are always a crowd-pleasing party favorite.
With the delicious combination of spinach and stuffing mix, who can resist?
16. Parmesan Zucchini Crisps
Zucchini slices are coated in parmesan cheese and panko breadcrumbs and then cooked until crispy. They make a great appetizer or side dish.
17. Taco Pinwheels
Oh Taco Pinwheels, I can’t stop, wont stop!!
All you need is puff pastry, taco meat, tomatoes and cheese plus a few bowls of toppings like guacamole!
18. Spicy Italian Sausage Cheese Balls
The BEST Sausage Balls are guaranteed to be a hit at your next party! So easy to make and perfect for game day!
We like to dip them in ranch, BBQ sauce, or marinara – so good!
19. Beer Cheese Dip Bread Bowl
This cheesy, creamy Beer Cheese Dip Tear Apart Bread Bowl is a crowd-pleasing appetizer that your guests will love!
20. Cranberry And Feta Pinwheels
These Cranberry and Feta Pinwheels have a sweet and salty combo that is the perfect Christmas appetizer.
The sweet cranberries with the tangy feta and onions make this 5 ingredient appetizer not only easy but delicious. I like to use spinach tortillas for an extra holiday touch.
21. Baked Zucchini Fries
You’re going to love these! Zucchini gets transformed into healthy, crispy, golden brown baked zucchini fries with a 3-ingredient pesto yogurt dipping sauce.
22. Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon
Sweet potato bites with avocado and bacon are a sweet potato appetizer recipe that is perfect for serving to a crowd.
Baked sweet potato slices topped with fresh avocado and crisp bacon.
Great finger food for game day! Paleo, gluten free, dairy free, and DELICIOUS. Who could ask for anything more?
23. Easy Cinnamon French Toast Sticks
Wow! What a great discovery!
Breakfast you can eat with your fingers and dip in syrup, rather than pour syrup all over it.
24. Cranberry Goat Cheese Mini Cheese Balls
Quick, easy, and totally delicious, these Mini Candied Pecan Cranberry Goat Cheese Balls make a tasty party appetizer for fancy yet fuss-free entertaining!
And it can be ready in 15 minutes!
25. Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels Recipe
Love buffalo wings? If you do, you’ll love these! This Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels recipe makes a delicious party food with all the flavors of buffalo wings and blue cheese, but without the mess.
26. Kahlua Pecan Brie
Kahlua Pecan Brie Bites – only 5 ingredients! Can assemble ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to bake. Perfect party food!
27. Zucchini Garlic Bites
This tasty zucchini garlic bites recipe combines shredded zucchini with garlic, Parmesan cheese, fresh herbs, and is served with a marinara dipping sauce for an Italian inspired twist.
28. Pretzel M&M Hugs
These Pretzel M&M Hugs are the perfect little festive treats for Christmas parties or gifts.
They take no time at all to make and couldn’t be easier plus they look so impressive!
29. Mini Cheese Ball Bites
Mini Cheese Ball Bites are studded with dried cranberries and blue cheese, rolled in pecans, and skewered with pretzel sticks for fun, easy party appetizers!
30. Jalapeno Popper Wonton Cups
Jalapeño Popper Wonton Cups are loaded with bacon, jalapeños, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and sour cream….all in a crispy wonton shell.
This easy appetizer comes together quickly and is perfect for parties or game days. If you love jalapeño poppers, you’ll LOVE this delicious twist!
31. Easy Potato Skins Recipe
Easy potato skins recipe topped with cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon bits and taste great topped with a little sour cream! The perfect appetizer for any party!
32. Pomegranate Goat Cheese Bites
These Pomegranate Goat Cheese Bites with Honey and Thyme are an easy party appetizer that is sure to impress your guests!
Perfectly balanced with tangy goat cheese, tart pomegranate arils and a hint of honey, these bite sized holiday party appetizers will disappear in seconds!
33. Sausage Cheese Balls
These easy sausage cheese balls are the perfect appetizer, they’re packed full of savory flavor!
Try serving bisquick sausage balls at your next party!
34. Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon-wrapped Little Smokies
The classic little smokies appetizer gets an upgrade from the cayenne and brown sugar rub, not to mention crispy bacon wrapped around the smokies!
35. Chip and Guacamole Bites
These gluten-free chip and guacamole bites are so fun to bring to parties and potlucks.
Goat Cheese Balls
No time? No problem. With zero fancy skills and just 15 minutes, you can whip up a batch of flavored goat cheese balls. Using your hands, roll goat cheese into similarly sized balls, 2 teaspoons at a time. Set aside. Next, combine a medley of dry ingredients in a shallow bowl. Roll around each ball in the mixture until fully covered. Take it up a notch by inserting toothpicks or pretzel rods. Display the bite-sized pieces of goodness on a tray or plate.
Savory Version: Spices and herbs (rosemary, parsley, oregano, cilantro, basil, black pepper, salt) and crushed crackers.
Avoid eating foods containing refined carbohydrates as they are low in essential nutrients and can make you feel energetic only for 2-4 hours. Salty foods should be avoided too as they can imbalance sodium level in the body. Additionally, do not have caffeinated drinks as they can cause insomnia and restlessness. Also, tea and coffee can make you feel dehydrated and keep you longing for water.
Potassium containing foods including potato, broccoli, mushroom, peas, spinach etc. are called powerhouses of nutrition. It is advised to eat them after a long day of fasting. They can hydrate you quickly and rejuvenate your body. Also have sufficient fluid. Raw nuts and hydrating veggies are also good options to have.