Updated: 03/19/2014 9:22 AM
Created: 03/17/2014 5:00 AM KAALtv.com
It’s March Madness season which means it’s the perfect time to get together with family and friends, fill out a bracket and cheer on your alma mater. But you don't have to dribble your diet away if you're hosting or attending a "March Madness" party. Why not add healthy dips to your menu? They are so versatile and fun for adults as well as kids. Your Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian, Jen Haugen, will show how to keep the madness on the court and out of the kitchen!
Incorporate produce into your dips in fun new ways
For example, turn Brussels sprouts (our March dietitian pick of themonth) into a creamy dip that tastes decadent, but is actually a nutritious treat. Or, use seasonal ingredients (like citrus fruits, strawberries and avocado) to make a salsa that looks and tastes super-fresh.
Boost the protein content
Rotisserie chicken is always a good go-to ingredient – it’s juicy, fresh and can help bring a dish together in no time.
Shred the meat of one rotisserie chicken and mix with light cream cheese, 2% sharp cheddar cheese, Bolthouse Farms yogurt ranch dressing and buffalo wing sauce in a slow-cooker and cook on LOW until hot and bubbly.
Greek yogurt – a tried-and-true dietitian favorite – is also a great ingredient to add to vegetable dips to add protein and provide the perfect creamy texture.
Choose “skinny dippers”
Pair your dips with snacks that also pack a nutritious punch.
Keep fresh fruits and vegetables close to your guests so they’ll be more likely to choose those items first. And choose whole grains chips or crackers for added fill-you-up fiber.
Cheesy Brussels sprouts Dip
All you need:
1 shallot, minced
All you do:
1. Sauté shallot and garlic in 1 tablespoon olive oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat.
2. Add Brussels sprouts, salt and pepper; cook 3 minutes.
3. In a separate bowl, combine sour cream, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese. Add to Brussels sprouts mixture and stir to combine.
4. Add 1 more tablespoon olive oil to the pan and cook at 375 degrees for 12 minutes, or until bubbly.
Jen Haugen represents Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert promoting healthy eating throughout the community. Jen is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.