Build Your Own Snack Dip [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Welcome to the sixth installment of Food Insight’s Build Your Own Series! We are excited to share simple but tasty ways to spice up the healthiness of your favorite foods. Next up is snack dip — an option that’s perfect for a midday snack. If you’re new to snack dips or just want to find more ways to enjoy one, keep reading.

First things first: choose a base, preferably with protein. Protein may help you feel full longer and build muscle. Hummus, cottage cheese and Greek yogurt are all great options. These bases are simple and perfect for building flavor!

Next up, veggies. In addition to adding flavor, vegetables will provide a variety of vitamins and minerals to your snack dip base. Blending in fresh, frozen or canned veggies like spinach, sun-dried tomatoes or artichokes will work perfectly. But you don’t have to limit yourself to just these. Get creative!

Let’s turn to seasonings. Fresh or dried herbs will add some kick to your dip. If you’re looking to reduce your sodium intake, replace salty additions with one (or more!) of the following: cayenne pepper, garlic or parsley.

Now it’s time for the dippers. Both veggie and grain options will work well here! Grains contain B vitamins, which play an important role in your body’s metabolism and nervous system. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend making half your grains whole, so reach for whole grain options like whole wheat pita bread and whole grain crackers. If you like pretzels, they can be a great option too. The most nutritious dipper option is fresh cut vegetables which provide key nutrients like vitamins A & C, potassium and fiber. Vary your veggie dippers for a colorful array of nutrients.

When it comes to building a healthy snack dip, the options are endless. Try any and all combinations and you’ll be set with new recipes for days to come. Get ready to be the favorite at your next tailgate or gathering!