Chips, Dips, ‘n Snacks

Vegetable Chips

Chicken Salad, Artichoke Parmesan and Garlic Cream Cheese Dips

Fruit Snacks

Summer parties and gatherings are a problem for a diet as just about every chip, cracker and snack is a diet disaster. Raw vegetables make a great substitute for chips and crackers – a vehicle for the dip with a lot of crunch but few calories. Dips are more of a problem since this is where the flavor comes from, so I figure that splurging a little on dips and spreads I like is OK because of all the calories I save on the “crackers.”
Here we have cucumber slices, cauliflower florets, olives, and green pepper slices as “chips/crackers.” Carrot chips and celery sticks also work well. For dips we have my favorite chicken salad from our local deli counter, Allouette light garlic cream cheese spread, and a parmesan artichoke dip – recipe below. Fruit is the best sweet snack for a diet and is in season all summer. Here we have a platter of cantaloupe, sweet seedless water melon, and one of the new sweeter pineapples. Also soft fruit such as cherries and strawberries are peaking soon.

Parmesan Artichoke Dip

1 can artichoke hearts – not marinated, cut hearts up
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1 cup jack cheese grated
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
small can diced green chilies

Mix all ingredients except paprika, then sprinkle that on top
Bake in 350 oven until it bubbles, about 20 minutes.

Serving size 2 tablespoons – 30 calories

Comments are closed.