Resist the urge to purchase pre-made dips or seasoning packets that are often loaded with salt and fat. You can create healthful dips from scratch
with a few basic ingredients and pantry staples like beans anddried herbs and spices. For savory dips start with a base like rich and creamy Cabot® Plain Greek-Style Yogurt. It’s lower in fat and calories than regular sour cream,plus it’s packed with protein and supplies an excellent source of calcium and vitamins A, C and D. Blend it with fresh avocado, cannellini beans and spices in this recipe for Avocado and White Bean Dip. And try Lowfat Vanilla Bean Greek-Style Yogurt for sweet dips and desserts.
Nothing saves time like serving no-cook party snacks. Top picks like olives, lean deli turkey or ham, jarred bruschetta, infused olive oil and roasted, unsalted nuts are party-ready in a flash and add gourmet flair to your menu. Simply arrange these finger foods with an assortment of artisan breads, whole-grain crackers andpita triangles for a super easy and super tasty snack. Serve premium appetizers with these Weis Five-Star snacks items—Garlic Olive Oil, Bleu Cheese, Garlic and Jalapeno-Stuffed Olives and Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Bruschetta.
Crunchy Crowd Pleasers
It’s not a party without snacks to crunch and munch. Offer an array of healthier, snack options like baked tortilla or pita chips, air-popped popcorn and Herr’s® Whole Grain Pretzel Sticks to pair with dips, toppings and spreads. Made with 12 grains, a touch of honey and flax seed, plus sesame, poppy and caraway seeds, these great-tasting pretzels will be the hit of the party. Each serving supplies four grams of fiber too. Satisfy your craving for crunch with both Whole Grain and Whole Grain Honey Flavors that are baked to a light golden brown and seasoned with just a pinch of salt. Look for special Herr’s® Breast Cancer Awareness Pretzel Ribbons in pink packaging through October.
Remember to add fresh veggies to the menu. Use baby carrots, pre-cut celery sticks and mini grape tomatoes to create an instant veggie platter and serve zesty salsa for dipping. Tostitos® All Natural Chunky Salsas in Mild, Medium and Hot are made with a nutritious medley of vegetables like fresh tomatoes, onions, garlic and jalapeño peppers and contain just 10 calories per two tablespoons. If you prefer a thinner salsa, try Tostitos® All Natural Restaurant Style Salsa.
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