Better-For-You Game Day Dips


Happy Saturday! :D

I’m working all day today, but wanted to share a couple of better-for-you dip recipes perfect for digging into on game day, that I wrote about in my latest Q Magazine Article!

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I am THIS EXCITED about my first dip – Salscamole.



Guacamole is my #1 favorite dip in the world, but it’s very calorie dense. By mixing 2 mashed avocados with a 15oz jar of salsa (I recommend Tostitos Restaurant Style) you basically get to eat double the amount of delicious dip for the same number of cals.


Plus it is reeeeeDICulously delicious. Refreshing salsa is accented with pops of rich, tropical tasting avocado. Mind blowing!


The second dip I wrote about is a lightened up Spinach & Artichoke Dip that, get ready for it, still tastes good.



Spinach & Artichoke dip is traditionally loaded with mayo and cheese, but sometimes when you replace that with reduced or fat free dairy products, the dish can start to taste kind of plastic.


Well I replaced the mayo with lightened up cream cheese and sour cream, but also mixed in rich Greek Yogurt to make this popular dip light, yet still satisfying.



Looking for more game-day eats? Check these out!


Bacon Wrapped Dates

Pulled BBQ Pork

Buffalo Chicken Dip 2

Creamy Pickle Dip

Grandpa’s Pasta Salad

White-Chocolate Covered Puffcorn

No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls

Buffalo Chicken Dip

In other news – GO HAWKEYES!!! Someone please make one of these dips and eat it while cheering them on for me while I am at work. :)

Also, I decided to go to the reunion. First up is dinner with all my girlfriends, then off we go! :D

Have a great Saturday!

What are you making for game time this weekend?

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  1. Those all look so yummy!

  2. Trisha 09.17.2011

    Love the salscamole. Sometimes when in a pinch and really craving guac, I’ll just mash up an avocado and mix it with my favorite salsa. Gives me the satisfaction of the buttery avocado, but so much simpler! Have fun at the reunion!

  3. Christine 09.17.2011

    Just finished making Smoky Black Bean Dip (courtesy of The Edible Perspective) and Smoky Chipotle Hummus. Both turned out delish! Plus they are healthy…double bonus!

  4. Dawn Marie 09.17.2011

    Typo alert! Article bio, special is spelled incorrectly. Great article!

  5. looks yummy!

  6. Lindsey 09.17.2011

    Yum! I love spinach & artichoke dips… so the reduced cal version is great! My hips won’t notice if I eat it all! :) Haha. I wish! Can’t wait to try!

  7. Amy 09.17.2011

    Um, I will definitely be trying the Spinach and Artichoke dip!! Yummy!! I could eat that even without anything to dip in it. . . ;)

  8. Omg I need to try that artichoke dip! It looks amazing! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

  9. Great idea – for less calories! We eat SO much during game days in my family too! :)

  10. Nancy 09.17.2011

    Salsa and guacamole a great combo! Spinach and artichoke skinny dip on baked potatoes yummy!

  11. Katie 09.17.2011

    It looks like your Hawkeyes were able to pull off a come from behind victory, sorry you had to miss it! Currently our Huskers are taking control over Washington, 34-17 with 9 minutes left in the 3rd. The kids and I have been snacking and baking as we watch. Nothing fancy today since we had soccer, a little HyVee mango salsa, corn and black bean salsa, guacamole, and TJ’s roasted garlic and artichoke dip were included in the spread. Thanks for the recipes and good call on going to the reunion, I don’t think you’ll regret your decision.

  12. I can not wait to make those peanutbutter cookies!! YUM!

  13. Mmm these look delicious, thanks for sharing.

  14. Wowza! All I can say is yum. I LOVE salsa + avocado…definitely on my top list of dips. :)

  15. Jodie 09.18.2011

    High School Reunions are so important, such fun! We had such a great time at our 10 year we are having a (cough) 15 year reunion in a few weeks,. We couldn’t wait till our 20 year! Ever seen Lucas? That school and town that is featured in the movie is where I went to high school and grew up. Hope you had a fabulous time.

  16. Allison 09.18.2011

    I’ve made “salscamole” before and loved it! Def a great game day dip :D The “Skinny Spinach and Artichoke Dip” looks delic- I usually avoid creamy dips becuase I don’t do well with dairy, but I think this lighter version would be fine!

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  18. Erin 09.19.2011

    Spinach dip is notorious for sounding healthy but being the total opposite. I love healthier versions!

  19. Wasn’t that just the craziest game on Saturday? We weren’t able to watch it either but following it on twitter was crazy. I turned to my boyfriend at the end of the second half and said “do you want to know the score?” hoping he’d say no. Loaded question though…

    Anywho, can’t wait to try these recipes!! Anything buffalo steals my heart.

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  22. Gina 02.05.2012

    Just wanted to say happy Super Bowl day! We live in Austin TX, but my hubby is an Iowa man. Born and raised in
    Des Moines. We just were there to visit all his side of the family a couple weeks ago, and our 4 year old son got to play in the snow for the first time. Very good visit. I just sent the Iowa man to the grocery store to get a few things I didnt have for your dips. Thanks for the recipes :)

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