Healthier Snacks

Buffalo Chicken Dip

  • 1 cup light (or fat free) ranch salad dressing
  • 1 8 oz. bar low fat (or fat free) cream cheese
  • 2 16 oz. canned chicken
  • 1 cup Buffalo sauce
  • 16 oz. of mixed cheese (preferably low fat)
  • Baked tortilla chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease a 9” x 13” pan with canola oil, olive oil, or calorie free non-stick spray. Combine light ranch salad dressing and cream cheese in a bowl, heat in microwave and stir until smooth. Place canned chicken on bottom of greased pan, pour Buffalo sauce evenly over canned chicken. Then, evenly spread ranch salad dressing and cream cheese mixture over Buffalo canned chicken. Lastly, sprinkle 16 oz. of mixed low fat cheese over top. Bake in over for 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with baked tortilla chips, fat free pretzel chips, and/or celery.

Taco Dip

  • 1 8 oz. bar low fat (or fat free) cream cheese
  • 1 can of low fat chili with beans
  • 16 oz. of mixed low fat cheese
  • 1 cup cut up lettuce
  • 1 cup cut up tomatoes
  • Baked or whole grain tortilla chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spread cream cheese on bottom of 9” x 13” pan, spread chili with beans over cream cheese evenly, top with the full 16 oz. low fat cheese, bake in oven for about 10 to 15 minutes or until mixed low fat cheese is melted. Remove from oven and top with chopped lettuce and tomato. Serve with baked or whole grain tortilla chips.

Buffalo Chicken Strips

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup Buffalo sauce
  • Low fat (or fat free ranch or Bleu cheese dressing) as desired
  • Cut up celery and carrot sticks

Line cookie sheet with tin foil, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut boneless, skinless chicken breast into equal strip pieces, roll chicken strips in bread crumbs as desired until evenly covered. Once all of the chicken pieces have been rolled in the bread crumbs, discard remaining bread crumbs in trash to prevent cross contamination of food. Bake chicken strips in oven for about 20 minutes or until crispy. Gently use tongs to dip chicken strips in the Buffalo sauce as desired, place on plate with celery, carrots and side of low fat or fat free dressing of your choice.

Homemade Pizza

  • Premade crust (whole wheat)
  • Pizza or pasta sauce of your choice
  • 16 oz. reduced fat mozzarella cheese
  • 16 oz. turkey pepperoni
  • Onions, peppers, olives, etc. to top as desired

Cook pizza in preheated oven as per instructions found on premade crust package.


Recipes courtesy of Chelsea Fowler, R.D., at UConn Health.