Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tailgate time!

Don't sideline your healthy diet for football season! Prepare for a day of tailgating by starting out with a healthy, filling breakfast. Drink plenty of water and limit snacking on high calorie foods. Pack healthy snacks such as fruit or vegetable trays to enjoy throughout the day.

Modify high calorie recipes by choosing low fat ingredients, and limit added salt. A lower sodium, lower calorie dip with tons of flavor, like this Creole Buffalo Chicken Dip, will help keep other high calorie snacks off of your plate, no deprivation required! No matter which team you cheer for this football season, you will be the toast of the tailgate with this yummy dip!

Creole Buffalo Chicken Dip
2 cups cooked shredded chicken
16 oz reduced fat cream cheese
1 cup 2% cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp The Delicious Dietitian Creole Spice Blend
1/2 small white onion, finely chopped
1 Tbsp Splenda brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk together olive oil, Creole seasoning, and brown sugar. Add shredded chicken and coat well.
Spread cream cheese on the bottom of an 8x10 baking dish. Spread chicken mixture evenly over cream cheese.
Sprinkle shredded cheese over chicken.
Bake 15-20 minutes until hot and bubbling around the edges.
Serve warm with Reduced Fat Triscuits, Wheat Thins, or sliced carrots and celery.

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