Can you suggest some ways to upgrade my superbowl dips with superfoods?
Game Day is pretty much the unofficial snack day of the year, but everyone knows it's really the â€œSuperbowl Dipâ€ that's arguably one of the most important items on the table. Whether you serve your famous bean dip or just stick with salsa, there's plenty of ways to boost your favorite recipes with superfoods! Here are a few ideas:
Guacamole - Mash a spoonful or two of chia seeds into your guac to amp up protein, fiber and minerals. They won't effect the flavor, and will likely go completely unnoticed! Alternately, you can also use the chia seeds to help create a guacamole that is lighter in calories by taking advantage of chia's ability to swell up when mixed with liquid, like in my recipe for Light Guacamole.
Bean Dip - Add some antioxidants and traditional Mayan flavor by whipping a teaspoon of cacao powder, along with savory warm spices like chipotle, into your bean dip - it will create an almost mole-like flavor that's irresistible with corn chips. Just want to make a chili instead? (Chili-covered anything = great party fare!) Try this awesome cacao-infused Chili Con Verduras to guarantee rave reviews.
Hummus - Any hummus lover knows that there's an infinite number of ways to make the traditional garbanzo dip more exciting. My favorite superfood way? Fresh herbs! Folding in herbs like minced parsley, cilantro, dill, or basil creates exceptional new flavors that stimulate the palate and help dress up chips, veggies, or other dippers. And it doesn't hurt that all fresh herbs have incredible cleansing and immune-boosting properties as well.
Spinach/Artichoke Dip - Mix in a generous handful of hemp seeds into the dip before you heat it up, then sprinkle another handful on top before serving. The hemp seeds will add a satiating nuttiness and delectable soft textural chew, and tons of extra protein.
Salsa - Enliven your salsa by using chopped dried goldenberries or goji berries! Mix a handful of either berry into your salsa at least an hour before serving to allow the berries to swell and meld flavors with the dip ingredients. Almost like magic, the goji berries will end up tasting almost like sweet cherry tomatoes, and the goldenberries like sweet tomatillos. Plus, there's a lot of bonus antioxidants and vitamins you'll be getting in this delicious adaptation too!
Cheese Dip - If you're making a cheese dip this year, why not try a creamy cashew version? You'll be floored at how much flavor you can create from these exquisite nuts, and the lack of cholesterol and lactose is a great perk for so many of us! For inspiration, check out this recipe for Chipotle Cashew Cheese, which is incredibly popular on our website.
With healthy dips like these, everyone wins!