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Tag Archives: healthy appetizers

Buffalo Chicken Dip

6 Sep

Did you notice there is a new tab on the blog? Yep, a whole tab for…GaMeDaY ReCiPeS!

That’s right! As a college student, it only makes sense to start a trend for healthy gameday recipes!

I was offered the opportunity to team up with GamedayR, an incredible website centered around college sports, to provide them healthy gameday recipes! Gamedayr™ is an absolute culture brand for college sports built on the passion surrounding gameday. The network provides athletes, fans, media, coaches, trainers and individuals involved with college sports a central location for the content and information they want to contribute, find, and share.

If you are a college sports fan, you should definitely check them out. Or if you’d like some yummy gameday recipes :)

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But back to the actual recipe, what is more gameday appropriate than a spin off the very well loved buffalo chicken wings?? This dip is hot and spicy, yet cool and refreshing. Perfect for a hot gameday afternoon. You may have seen similar dips, but I can assure you they were anything but healthy. But rest in peace, this one IS healthy…and delicious!

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Pair it with chips and crackers, or a lot of colorful veggies, decision is up to you. But I promise this will be a hit at any tailgate!

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Serves 12-16

-8 oz. Low Fat Cream Cheese (could use fat-free)
-1 cup Nonfat Greek Yogurt
-6 T Low Fat Blue Cheese Dressing (I use this Greek yogurt based one)
-6T Hot Sauce
-1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt, Garlic Powder, and Onion Powder
-2 cups Cooked Chicken, chopped small (can used canned chicken)

Directions: Combine all ingredients in food processor or high speed blender except for chicken. Blend until smooth. Stir in finely chopped chicken. Store in refrigerator for at least one hour for flavors to absorb. Serve with veggies, chips, crackers, or other desired food.

Greek Yogurt Benefits
1) Help fight tummy fat
2) Contains good-for-you bacteria
3) Loaded with vitamins such as potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, B12 and B5
4) Great recovery after workouts: high source of protein
5) High in calcium
6) Prevents high blood pressure
7) Fights off colds and flus: healthy bacteria fights off the bad and boosts the immune system
8) Protects your teeth: lactic acid in yogurt protects your gums
9) High in protein, about 18-24 grams per serving

Hot Sauce Benefits
1) Low in calories
2) Fires up your metabolism: contains vitamin C and capsaicin, which are shown to rev up your metabolism
3) Keeps you satisfied: a little goes a long way
4) Can better your mood: contains capsaicin, which brings on endorphins and sustains a good mood

Chicken Benefits
1) High in protein
2) Natural anti-depressant: contains amino acid, tryptophan which increases serotonin levels, enhances mood, and decreases stress
3) Prevents bone loss: because of protein content
4) Heart Health: suppresses and controls homocysteine, an amino acid that causes cardiovascular disease
5) Rich in phosphorous: an essential mineral that supports your teeth and bones, as well as kidney, liver, and central nervous system function
6) Rich in selenium: essential mineral involved in metabolic performance (thyroid, hormone, metabolism, and immune function)
7) Boosts metabolism: high in vitamin B6 which encourages enzymes and metabolic cellular reactions
8) Rich in niacin: a B-vitamin that guards against cancer and other forms of genetic change
9) Promotes eye health: high in retinol, alpha and beta-carotene, and lycopene, all derived from vitamin A and vital for healthy eyesight
10) Essential for Tissue Growth: contains riboflavin, which drastically reduces your skin problems and repairs dry or damaged skin.

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Kale Tzatziki Dip

17 Jun

Do you love that tzatziki dip that is always served at any Greek restaurant and on those delicious gyros you can order? Well I decided to take that typical dip, and add a little crunch and greens to it! A mix between your typical veggie dip and tzatziki sauce :)

What better way to add some greens, than incorporate some detoxifying kale, and adding that delicious crunchy texture that everyone loves in a dip by adding some refreshing jicama?

Everything in this dip has so many benefits, it should be called a dip of champions! Only kidding. But really, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. And when you can have a whole cup without feeling guilty like most veggie dips, I think you’ll be quite happy!

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Kale Tzatziki Dip
-1.5 cups of Greek Yogurt
-1 cup steamed Kale (about two large leaves), chopped
-1/2 cup cucumber, chopped small
-1/4 cup jicama, diced small
-1/4 cup onion, diced small
-1 tsp apple cider vinegar
-1/2 tsp each: garlic powder, dried onion, pureed garlic, beau monde, dill weed, italian seasonings, sea salt
Directions: After all vegetables are chopped, place in bowl with yogurt and rest of ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Serve with veggies or crackers!

Kale Benefits:
1) Aids in digestion
2) High in antioxidants
3) Anti-Inflammatory
4) Prevents and Combats cancer
5) Cardiovascular Support
6) Detoxifying
7) High in Vitamin K,A, and C

Greek Yogurt Benefits
1) Easy to digest compared to most yogurts
2) Low in carbohydrates
3) 50% less sodium than most regular yogurt
4) Twice as much protein than regular yogurt
5) Thick and Creamy texture, with a very versatile taste

Source: HealthDiaries.com

Ricotta Crostinis Appetizer

28 May

I mentioned  a couple weeks back about a surprise birthday I was planning for my mom. Well, it went great! And a big part of it was how amazed the guests were at the delicious food :)

This is one of the appetizers I made. Crostinis with ricotta and a variety of toppings.

I had never made crostinis as an appetizer before, but when I saw something like this on here, they just looked too good.

So, I bought all the ingredients, and made a quick, easy, yet delicious appetizer that all the guests enjoyed so much. Getting low fat cheese will make this appetizer healthier than normal, and topping it with all fresh ingredients will make it even better!

With being on a sugar detox for 21 days, I’ve made these a few more times to cut those sugar cravings :)! Great sweet and savory options.

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Ricotta Crostinis
-1 8oz container of low fat ricotta cheese
-1 loaf of french bread (small diameter)
-toppings of choice: chopped figs and agave, sun-dried tomatoes with sea salt, cucumbers with sea salt, blueberries with jam, smoked salmon and dill
Directions: Cut loaf of bread into thin circles, about 1/2″. Spray lightly with olive oil or apply thin coat of butter and toast in oven at 350 degrees until crispy but not browned(about 10 minutes). Let cool. Top with ricotta cheese. Layer desired toppings on ricotta. Serve!