Best and Worst Dips to Indulge in at College Football Parties

College football season is well under way and while most students are worried about the stats, the players, and the pigskin, there are a few of us football fans out there that enjoy the sport, but also love the socializing that comes with watching games.

From tailgating on the campus lawns to beer pong in the dorms, college students cheer on their teams from the sidelines, but also from their couches while watching the game on television. Either way, students will often throw game day parties and, thus, a plethora of fattening (yet irresistibly delicious) foods is not far behind.

The most popular game day snack is probably the chips and dip set up. Although affordable and quick to prepare (lets get real- most of you are buying chips and dips from your local grocery story and simply adding a spoon once you pop the lid), chips and dip can also be a delicious, but dangerous, delight.

Here is a list of the best and worst popular dips, according to calorie and fat content, to give you an idea of just what kind of indulging you’re willing to undergo.

Best Dips:

  • Bean dip: about 160 calories, 4 grams of fat per 1/4 cup serving. Loaded with a good amount of fiber, bean dip is a great option for party goers as long as its not refried beans, which often contain lard and stay away from loading up with sour cream or cheeses.
  • Guacamole: about 200 calories, 16 grams of fat per 1/4 cup serving. Filled with heart healthy fats, this avocado-based dip is a safe bet, unless it’s filled with oils and sour cream, so be sure to read your ingredients labels, or better yet, make your own guacamole from scratch.
  • Hummus: about 240 calories, 14 grams of fat per 1/4 cup serving. Hummus is a chickpea-based spread that can also be jazzed up with vegetables, like peppers and jalapeños.

Worst Dips:

  • Crab Dip: about 567 calories, 46 grams of fat per 1/4 cup serving. Many students are tricked into thinking crab dip is healthy because it’s made from seafood, when it’s actually loaded up with mayonnaise that packs on the fat and calories.
  • Brie Cheese: about 400 calories, 33 grams of fat per 1/4 cup serving. It shouldn’t come as a shock that cheese isn’t exactly the healthiest option, so smaller portions are highly recommended.
  • Spinach Artichoke Dip: about 326 calories, 21 grams of fat per 1/4 cup serving. Don’t let the vegetable-filled name fool you- this dip is made primarily of heavy cheeses.

So, now that you’re a little bit more knowledgeable about the snacking options and the choices you have, enjoy the game, enjoy the party, and enjoy a little indulging every once and a while.

Via Glamour Magazine








One Response to “Best and Worst Dips to Indulge in at College Football Parties”

  1. Theresa says:

    sigh. I love spinach artichoke dip. I always knew it was TERRIBLE for me, thank you for sharing exactly HOW terrible it really is. Still delicious on rare occassions, but it’s very hard to have only a little bit of it!


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