How to Make Game Day Healthy with Swiss Cheese Onion Dip

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

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.)

13 comments on “How to Make Game Day Healthy with Swiss Cheese Onion Dip”

  1. Gorgeous dip. I just added this to my Sunday plan.

  2. Wonderful post… you give ALL the information needed to really make a gathering a success!

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  6. Wow, this is my kind of spread!! I love the dip Sandy and how you put the veggies standing up in the cups, so cute! I love crunch w my dip, loving these baked crackers!

  7. The dip looks delicious and I like that you chose a color theme…I never thought to do that with a veggie platter!

  8. Healthier and beautiful!

  9. Hi Sandy,

    Love your spread of veggies! Your photographs make the food look as though I could reach out and grab some! And that did looks lucious!

    And yes, I agree with you…I think folks love to be able to bring a healthy dish to any sort of get-together in January/February when everyone seems to be wanting to eat lighter after all the delicious indulgences of the holidays!!!

    We often get-together with one couple in particular who both seem to have mastered the art of delicious, yet healthy, dishes to bring along with them when they visit us. And you will chuckle when I tell you this but the wife is a huge fan of Bushes Beans! She is a diabetic (Type 1) which can be exceptionally serious. Although she is on insulin, and has been for years, she is now well into her 60’s and in excellent health. She eats lots of veggies and beans!

    A recipe that she brings over to our hous a lot…which is a Super Bowl favorite….is her slow cooker Texas Chicken Chillie. It is sooooo easy to make and literally one of those open this, open that recipes and your done. She takes two cans of any type of beans, a 16 ounce jar of mild salsa (you could use medium salsa if you want more of a kick), a small can of corn, 2 tsps. ground cumin, 1 tsp. ground corriander, a tsp. salt, a half tsp. black pepper and dumps it all into her slowe cooker. Then she adds in about a cup or two of cut-up left over chicken and about 2 cups of water or chicken stock, if she has it on hand. Then she puts the lid on and lets it slow cook all day. The flavors all meld together beautifully. I think it’s because it sits in the slower cooker all day as opposed to just on the stove-top for a short time. We top it with grated cheese, sour cream, and a squeeze of lime. It’s out of this world!

    Have a great week. And as always, thanks so much for sharing all your inspiration in another great post!


  10. Looks great. And after all the wings and pizza and nachos of game day, a nice refreshing veggie dip is just the answer.

  11. What a beautiful presentation! And, that dip sounds super yummy. This time of year I am so over the heavy foods, so this would be a nice change.

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