Healthier Dips Trio For the Big Game

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The light at the end of the winter tunnel looms closer!

The thing is, this is the time of year, every year, in which I notice more hope and light. I notice that I have many more events to look forward to, and that winter is almost halfway over. The last half always goes more quickly than the first half! That’s because we have things that keep us warm. And not just a pellet stove, and the fact that we just got back from 75 degrees Florida! It’s the fun of what’s to come in February and March. And soon, it will be time to party for the big game!

I first thought of an idea for a healthier dips trio, because I love everything in three! Whenever I buy crunchy snacks for a party, I buy them in three’s. That way we’re covered with pretzels, potato chips, and tortilla chips. Sounds simple enough, right? It’s about having something for everyone, and a dip for everything! (and everyone) That’s where my recipes come in.

And that’s where my favorite trio comes in too:

This is my favorite mix of new and traditional favorites. When you’re trying to have a party to suit many tastes, the variety matters. Food failure is no option – and this is our winning spread. Three crunchy snacks, three better for you dips, and fruits and vegetables. My husband makes spicy wings, and I usually try to find a dessert too. I think there’s no attention like there is to the snacks, though. They make the party! And it’s how we take our party from ordinary to extraordinary. To be fair, there’s nothing ordinary about our home and our eclectic parties, but crunchy snacks and dips should stand out.

Here are three healthier dips for Snack Factory® Pretzel Crips®, Kettle Brand® Potato Chips, and Late July® Tortilla Chips:

Broccoli Guacamole

Broccoli Guacamole


  1. 2 ripe avocados, diced
  2. 1 cup lightly cooked broccoli pieces, chopped
  3. 1 tomato, diced
  4. 1 garlic clove, minced
  5. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  6. 1 tsp paprika
  7. Salt


  • 1. (optional because raw broccoli also works well) Cook the broccoli until it's soft, and drain well
  • 2. Place in a food processor and add remaining ingredients, except the avocado
  • 3. Then mix all ingredients in a bowl - add avocados and mash them but leave some chunks
  • 4. Season with salt, as needed
  • 5. Enjoy!
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I generally pair broccoli guacamole with pretzels, but many crunch snacks work! I lightly cook my broccoli, but I’ve also had it with raw broccoli. In those cases you just chop it really finely so it blends in. It’s a great way to get vegetables!

It’s such an easy recipe and it doesn’t take a lot of time either! That’s why I chose three dips that are all easy to shop for, and make. That way you have delicious and wholesome snacks in only a matter of time. Next is Lemon White Bean Dip:

Lemon White Bean Dip:


2 cups cannelini beans, drained
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
2 lemon rinds, grated
salt and pepper to taste


1 – Put the beans in a blender/food processor with half the garlic and some salt
2 – Add the olive oil a little at a time until the whole mixture is smooth
3 – Add more garlic and mix again
4 – In a large bowl, mix in rosemary, lemon zest and a bit more olive oil
5 – Enjoy with salt and pepper as needed

My third favorite recipe is a Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus. Hummus is forever a favorite recipe in this household, but I like to branch out a bit when we’re expecting company. I pair them with Late July® Tortilla Chips, in any delicious flavor!

Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus:


1 can garbanzo beans, drained
1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp tahini
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
fresh basil to taste


1 – Add garbanzo beans to blender/food processor with tomatoes. Then add olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, and salt
2 – Pulse mixture for 1 minute and then scrape down sides, and then pulse for another few minutes
3 – Add basil and mix into hummus
4 – Serve with tortilla chips and fresh vegetables
5 – Enjoy!

Are you inspired yet? I went to a birthday party on Saturday night and all I wanted were the chips, pretzels, and dips!

What’s your favorite crunchy snack for a big game party?


What’s In Your Head?

In fact, this title has double meaning.

finish the sentence friday

My beloved Finish the Sentence Friday has changed, but it has only gotten better. In fact, I’ll let Kristi explain it:


The details:

**Week one each month will be a standard Finish the Sentence Friday prompt, where we give you a prompt, and you write to the sentence as exactly or as loosely as you’d like to.

Week two each month will be a Listicle. Write a list based on the prompt we give you.

Week three each month will be a stream of consciousness. Write for five minutes, and share it. Kenya used to participate in this prompt and I’ve been in writing groups with Jena (THEY ARE AMAZING) that do it for 10 minutes. There’s much to be said about the free-write. You often find something you weren’t prepared to “talk about.” Free therapy, anybody?

Week four each month will be a photo share Friday, where you share a photo and the story behind it.

For the few months that have a fifth Friday in them, we’ll do a “Throwback Friday” post, where you can link an old post that needs some new love.**


And so, I slept (vacationed) through week two, which would have been awesome, but I’m here for week three – stream of consciousness. And the theme this week is winter. Anything winter. Will I stick to theme? Will I leap into weird directions?

finish the sentence friday

Let us begin:

We all need more therapy-like things in the winter, don’t we? I do like free therapy, in fact. I pay a lot for un-free therapy but she seems to think I have the tools to fly on my own for awhile. I always say I’m learning to fly, which is a Tom Petty song in my top five songs of all time. And I came here to talk about concerts. My first concert was a Tori Amos concert at Madison Square Garden. It wasn’t at the big stage, though. It was a quiet theater. Maybe called the Garden Theater? Maybe I’m making that up. I had visceral reactions to that concert, and really, all of them. Like Toad the Wet Sprocket and Bruce Hornsby. Tori played “Winter.” Know that song? Go listen to it. You won’t regret it. It’s probably in my top 15. Or 25.

I came here to talk about Dolores O’Riordan. I was just thinking the other day about writing my Cranberries concert story in my blog. I found out a few days later she had passed away. That was on my list. I never got to see her live. I always thought she’d be here. Never made it to see her, and never made it to Tom Petty either. I’m running out of time but I type so fast. I had tickets to a Cranberries/Collective Soul concert. I used to call my first car, Helga the Magic Lesbian, because I had seen that cartoon short on late night HBO. Just run with that one, ok? I was in college and it wasn’t winter. It was summer. I was delivering pizza and my dad kept warning me to get an oil change and I never listened. I had four tickets to the concert.

I gathered three close friends, put on a cool blue hippie top and sleek jeans, and we headed to our concert. About halfway there, on route 287, we heard a loud bang. I pulled my car over and it started smoking. We all ran away thinking it might blow up. This was before cell phones and we were four young, college-aged women on our way (or not on our way) to see the Cranberries! My friend Nammi (or maybe it was Melissa?) jumped the fence to use a pay phone at some office buildings, and tore her shirt. People kept driving by and beeping at us or catcalling us, but not actually helping? What a sight! Finally, AAA came and it was like in Adventures in Babysitting. The driver had a hook or a claw. And a weird sense of humor as well.

We squeezed all four of us in the front seat with him, because there was no back! We thought we might die, but it was a great opportunity to get the giggles too. I never got to the concert, and I never drove that car again. It makes a great story, though. I called my work that night to talk to my sister and I told the manager and short-order cook my story. They wanted to make me feel better so they sang, “Zombie” (badly) to me, and I laughed. “What’s in your head? What’s in your heeeeeaaaaad?” Zombie.” I’m sad she died. I had just been thinking about her. I’ll conjure her voice. I know how it lives.

It’s been five minutes. Let us end here:

What’s in your head?