Homemade Basil Pesto

Making pesto is quick and easy and is such a versatile sauce. You can whip this up ahead of time and use it on baked chicken, salmon, veggies or whole wheat pasta. It is also great as a spread on a sandwich or a dip. Check out this video with community nutrition educator Bridgette Bostic, R.D.N., showing how to make it at home.

Kale Artichoke Dip

So you’ve just received your fourth invitation to a holiday party, and you, of course, want to bring a memorable appetizer to share. There is nothing like a great tasting appetizer that’s also healthy. This one offers great flavor from the artichokes and Parmesan with a kick of spice from the garlic and cayenne (the recipe says it’s optional but I highly suggest adding it!). Blended with the creamy low fat cream cheese and yogurt, this warm low fat dip, which is high in Vitamin A, is sure to be a welcomed addition to the appetizer table at any gathering.

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Hummus is a great choice for a healthy dip or condiment for sandwiches. Garbanzo beans, or chick peas, are great for an easy snack or a great salad topper. Garbanzo beans are rich sources of protein and fiber to keep you feeling full.

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