Better-For-You Back-to-School Snacks

Now that school is starting up again, it is time to ensure that you have some ‘better-for-you- snacks’ on hand. That way, your children can munch on something after school that won’t completely ruin their appetite for dinner.
 
Almost 90% of Americans do not consume enough vegetables daily1, so these recipes are perfect to help you and your family get in some extra veggies as a snack or appetizer when served with fresh cut up veggies. Even better, you can make these delicious dips ahead of time and keep them in the fridge for the next day.

Just make sure to monitor portion sizes consumed, as the serving size of dip is only two tablespoons! To help gauge how much you are actually consuming, try to portion out your dip on a small plate with your delicious dippers. It’s easy to make substitutions with dips, too, such a replacing sour cream with Greek yogurt, or using a light mayonnaise instead of the regular version to cut out some calories.

Check out these recipes:

Greek Spinach & Greek Yogurt Dip:
Save 56% less calories and 81% less total fat per serving by substituting Greek yogurt for sour cream, which is found in many typical veggie dips.   

Tomato Chick Pea Dip:
Make your own hummus at home! You can easily use Light mayonnaise for a lighter twist on this recipe.   



Reference:
1) Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015-scientific-report/

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