A Healthy Soccer Snack the Pros Eat

With World Cup fever firmly taken hold, and the trumpeting sound of the vuvuzelas heard wherever there's a game, it's time to turn to the best possible accompaniment to viewing the games; that means snacking!

Below is a dish which honors the heritage of many of the teams taking part in the World Cup, and features both nutritional benefits and taste.

Boston Breakers Black Bean Spinach Dip

Here's a tasty dip that's a helpful recovery food because it is rich in both carbs and protein. Bring it to a post-game tailgate party, along with some baked chips.

  • 1 15.5 ounce (440 g) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ? cup (120 g) salsa
  • 1 4.5 ounce (135 g) can chopped chilies
  • 1 10-ounce box (300 g) chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese (8 ounces, 240 g), preferably low-fat
  • 1 chopped jalapeno, as desired
  • Optional: 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro, or to taste
  1. Mash the beans either by hand using the back of a fork or in a blender or food processor. Leave some beans whole, for varied texture.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the beans, salsa, chilies, spinach, cumin, cheese (cilantro and jalapeno).
  3. Pour the bean mixture into a pie-plate or other similar baking dish. Bake in 350? F (180? C) oven until well heated, about 20-30 minutes.
  4. Serve with baked corn chips.

Yield: 10 servings

Total Calories: 1,200 (without chips)

Calories per serving: 120

16g Carbohydrate

9g Protein

2g Fat

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