With football season upon us, your guests may have an increasing demand for tasty side dishes and snacks to accompany their viewing. Dips are the perfect snack to serve a crowd, especially when everyone craves something hearty and comforting but a full meal is out of the question. These dishes can be packed with fat, calories, and sodium. Not to fear, a few alterations can transform any dip recipe by reducing calories, fat, and other needless calories.

While it may make any host more comfortable to seek out a ready made recipe when preparing a dip for a crowd, the ability to create unique flavor combinations is much easier than it may seem. Keep these pillars in mind: temperature; texture, and flavor.

If creativity isn’t your strong suit, try some simple modifications to a classic dip. If you love spinach artichoke dip, spice it up with a dash of cayenne pepper for a bit of a spicy kick. For a guacamole that’s much more memorable, add a bit of mango. Use fresh herbs whenever possible to enhance flavors.

Don’t be afraid to play around with mixing flavors and create something new.

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