Wednesday, September 21, 2016

3 Easy Snacks + Creative Dip Ideas!

I love snacking. I love eating. Lots of times, I come home, ready for a snack, but I have no idea what to eat. This happens all the time with my clothes too while I'm getting ready to go, but that's beside the point. I love snacking, but sometimes I'm in the mood for something a little bit different than the basic granola bars or goldfish. So for this post, I tried to think out of the box a bit and come up with some fun snack ideas that defeat the average snack. All of these snacks are super quick, they literally take five minutes (I'm not exaggerating) and put some great twists on the snacks that we know and love. All of these snacks have dips that are a bit different than your average dip, since there's more to life than ranch and hummus. 

Cookie butter apples

As someone that loathes peanut butter, this is a great twist on the typical peanut butter and apples. Cookie butter has been all the rage lately, but I've been finding it a little difficult to figure out what it would taste good with other than plain bread or waffles. Since I don't necessarily want to spend time making waffles for a snack, it's quicker to just slice some apples and then dip them into the cookie butter. This tastes similar to caramel, but has a whole new and fun taste. The sweetness of the apple and the cookie butter go great together and it takes no time at all to whip this up.

The recipe:
Pick your favorite apples, green ones would taste great with cookie butter, the sour apple plus the sweet cookie butter, what a combo. Chop your apples into slices. You may need to use a knife to spread the cookie butter onto the apples, or you can dip them right into the spread. 

Crab crackers

So maybe we can't eat lobster rolls every day, but this snack gets pretty close. I found this crab dip the grocery store and it's fantastic. (This is a recipe for crab dip if you can't find it at your local grocery store!) It tastes similar to a crab cake too and I LOVE crab cakes. Make sure that if you plan to make these crab crackers you use some nice crackers. Not those simple Ritz crackers, but some nice table water crackers. Forget cheese and crackers, these crab crackers are classy and delicious. These may not be lobster rolls, but I'd say that these are a pretty good consolation prize. 

The recipe:
All you have to do for this snack is a) buy the crab dip if you can find it b) make your own, which may take a while, but you can always save it. After that, pile that dip onto some nice crackers of your choice and dig in. 

Caesar dip

Newsflash, salad dressing doesn't just have to be used for salad, it can be used for so much more. For example, turn your ordinary salad dressing into a rich and creamy dip. I dipped multi-grain chips and baby carrots into the caesar dressing and it tasted great. It's just like ranch, only better. I know that this is coming from a person that doesn't personally like ranch, but let me tell you, this is worth trying out. Some great options for things that you can dip the caesar dip in might be crackers, pita chips, carrots, celery, even broccoli. The caesar dip puts a new twist on a classic.

The recipe
Gather some crunchy snacks that are in desperate need of a new twist. Pour some caesar dressing into a dip bowl or onto a plate and then dip your munchables into the dressing. It works just like ranch, but I personally prefer the caesar dip. 

What are your go-to snacks?

 I'm always looking for some creative eats to make snacktime a bit more fun. Let's share snack ideas, I've shared mine, so let me know what you like to eat on a day to day basis!

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