My seventh grade son has a health class this semester, which means he’s paying much more attention to what he eats. This is awesome – since it should make it easier for me to get him to eat a little more healthy (we’ll see about that). If you think about, it’s not that hard to make a few simple changes to come up with better eating options. This applies to snacks and party food as well. I came up with this recipe for Pumpkin Swirl Dip that you can serve with fresh seasonal fruit (instead of chips or crackers). Non-fat greek yogurt as my starting point for this recipe. I think my son and his health teacher would approve.
Pumpkins, apples and pears go perfectly with this dip, and are exactly what Fall is all about here in Michigan. This dip would be a great addition to any party this time of year – it has all the seasonal favorites rolled into one delicious dip! For a nice finishing touch you can drizzled maple syrup on the top. [amd-yrecipe-recipe:1]
While we’re at it – I thought our after school snacks could stand some improvement. How about this Mini Pita Pizza that you can customize. No recipe here – you just have to assemble it. I toasted the mini pita first, then spread a teaspoon of the new Chobani Three Pepper Salsa Dip on it and topped with carrots and tomato (or cucumber and sunflower seeds). This will take care of the “I’m starving” rant that is rings out everyday school day around 3:00 p.m. –
You can use whatever fresh veggies you like – kind of set it up as a make-your-own after school snack. It’s easy and not so big that it would ruin their appetite for dinner. You could also serve this at a party. I added some fresh ground black pepper to mine.
Both the dip and the pita pizzas are satisfying and simple to prepare. Give them a try and see what you think.