When you are looking for The Ultimate Snack for those rumbly tummies that is full of crunch and flavor, and provides whole grains, along with protein, vegetables and, well, cheese, then grab some Wheat Thins Popped Chips, veggies, and this quick, easy, five-ingredient Spinach Parmesan White Bean Dip.
Spinach Parmesan White Bean Dip
It is impossible to eat around my boys. If they finish their serving of lunch or dinner and see something still remaining on my plate, they are eyeing it up like hawks, ready to pounce. I look away for a second, and hands and fingers are reaching over to grab my last bite of chicken or vegetables or whatever it is, because, yes, my boys eat pretty much anything. If it’s between meals and the spot someone having a snack, they beeline for the kitchen with wails of, “I’m hunnnnngrry!!!” They can seriously hear the crunch of a carrot or slurp of a smoothie, or even the gentle opening of a cabinet or refrigerator door. And if you are new to my blog, let me tell you, these aren’t teenagers. They are one and four.
I fear for my future grocery bill. Heck, I fear for my current grocery bill.
So when the boys have those between-meal munchies, I need The Ultimate Snack. With 10-11g of Whole Grains and only 130 calories in 26 chips, Wheat Thins Popped Chips, especially when paired with a protein- and veggie-packed dip, like this Spinach Parmesan White Bean Dip, fit the bill. The four year old happily munched away on his chips, and even Mr. I-Still-Only-Have-Four-Teeth was crunching his way through. And I think the name “Popped” is perfect because as you bite through them, they almost “pop” in your mouth. And you want to pop them into your mouth.
While I have the sweet tooth, my husband, who is known to be a snacker himself, is more likely to grab something savory instead of sweet after dinner if he wants something to munch on. I’ve been spotting him pouring some Wheat Thins Popped Chips into our boys’ little, plastic kiddie bowls. And since it’s 26 chips per serving, even that little bowlful is still a mindful nighttime snack. He loved the munchable texture, which he described as perfectly in between a traditional chip and cracker.
I typically don’t like a strong onion flavor, and in the Sour Cream & Onion variety, the flavor was there, but not overwhelming. My boys loved it, and I know my cheese lover would go nuts for the Spicy Cheddar, but I think in the future I’d pick the Sea Salt, since a more neutral flavor profile would match better with a wide variety of dipping options. Like this Spinach Parmesan White Bean Dip…
With only five ingredients that you may already have on hand, it doesn’t get any easier to just toss them into a food processor and whiz it up! The green color is just gorgeous, and you can decide if you tell your kids that it has spinach in it. I can’t pull any punches with my big guy, but when I scooped some up with a carrot for him to sample, his eyes lit up, and I got, “Mommy, this is really good!”. And trust me, four-year-olds don’t lie.
And although I’ve been talking about snacktime, kids also love when lunch is snackable too!
So grab yourself a bag of Wheat Thins Popped Chips, available in the cracker aisle and whip up a quick batch of Spinach Parmesan White Bean Dip, or have some on hand in the fridge. You’ll be all prepared the next time the kids (or the significant other) are trying to snag your snack!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Wheat Thins Popped through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Wheat Thins Popped, all opinions are my own.
What is your favorite chip dip?
- One 15 oz. can small white beans, drained (reserve a small amount of the liquid in case you need to add to your dip to adjust the consistency) and rinsed
- 1 cup packed baby spinach
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese
- 2 Tablespoons freshly squeeze lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil (Greek yogurt also works)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Combine all of the ingredients except the salt and pepper in a food processor in puree until smooth. Add a little of the reserved bean liquid (or a little more olive oil), if desired to reach your preferred consistency.
- Add salt a pepper to taste, pulsing the food processor a few time to mix in thoroughly.
Looking for some more dips for your veggies and Wheat Thins Popped Chips?
And here are a few from my friends…
- Sriracha Hummus from Sumptuous Spoonfuls
- Spinach and Artichoke Hummus from Shugary Sweets
- Dill Veggie Dip from Julie’s Eats & Treats