One of the things I love about hosting casual get-togethers with friends is just that: They’re casual and easy.

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Super Bowl is just around the corner, so I’m thinking ahead to my menu and how I can keep it healthy and light.

Bring out the dips and chips, but in our household, also the veggies. I looked through my vegetable drawer and decided that along with serving Pepperidge Farms Baked Naturals® Cracker Chips, I’d display a large platter of healthy, ready-to-eat vegetables.

Stick with a theme color – I chose green!
Asparagus (make sure it’s blanched and ready for eating)
Green onions
Green pepper
Granny Smith apples
You could also add blanched green beans, pickles, and cucumbers

How to display
I pulled out my standard large white platter and used “espresso cups” to stand some of the veggies in. Not only did the platter add more room to pack in the vegetables, I also added a different color of riddicio leaves to make the platter look pretty and appetizing.

Think light and healthy
Instead of standard chips and dips that can be so unhealthy for us, make your own dips (you’ll know the exact ingredients), and buy healthier crackers/chips.

Pepperidge Farms Baked Naturals® Cracker Chips are a great guilt-free game day snack for you to consider.

My family loved the multi grain flavor!

Delegate dishes
It’s okay to let your guests know to bring a “healthy dish” on game day. You never know, they may be very grateful for the request (if they are watching their diet).

I’ll be sharing another new fabulous healthy recipe with you next week, but in the meantime I’d love to hear more about your game day plans for next week.

Are you hosting or will you be attending a Super Bowl party?

Do you have any go-to snacks for game day, or any tips for making great-tasting dishes that you won’t feel guilty about eating?


Recipe: Swiss Cheese Onion Dip {}

Summary: Creamy oniony dip delicious served with a platter of fresh vegetables.


  • 1 large onion
  • 1 Tblsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1-2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 cup Swiss cheese, grated
  • Salt to taste


  1. Chop the onion. In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions to the pan and sautee for about 5-8 minutes.
  2. Transfer onions to a food processor (or blender) and add the other ingredients. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6


(I received a stipend from Pepperidge Farms to write this post today.)