Healthy Summer Party Tips and Giveaway

Summer is here.  If you’re like me, that means a lot of parties and barbecues with lots of yummy and maybe not super healthy food around.   I recently received the following three tips from Frito-Lay for a healthier summer party that I thought I’d share with you.

1) Dip’ilicious – Dips are a great way to creatively integrate veggies into a healthier diet, and with just three simple ingredients, many of Frito-Lay’s snacks are a perfect compliment for that extra crunch!

  • Dip into Sabra Hummus or Tostitos Salsa.  Use Fritos Corn Chips – they’re made with just corn, vegetable oil and salt!
  • Couple up Lay’s Classic Potato Chips – made with just potatoes, all-natural oils and salt – with this fresh Cucumber Dip:


1 cucumber, shredded

1 cup nonfat, plain Greek yogurt

1 tsp garlic, minced

Salt to taste

Lay’s Classic® Potato Chips


Mix cucumber, yogurt and garlic together in a small bowl. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Serve with Lay’s Classic potato chips.

BONUS: You can also use these dips as a healthier way to jazz up your burger and brat toppings — great substitutes for mayo and BBQ sauce!

2) Whole Grains – We’re all trying to incorporate more whole grains into our diets, but not everyone knows how. Here are some easy ways to make whole grain a hit at your party:

  • When serving up your dogs and burgers, choose whole grain buns – they’re just as delicious and a great way to sneak in those whole grains.
  • When it comes to chip crunching, try a side of SunChips multigrain snacks, with 18 grams of whole grains in every one ounce serving.
  • If you’re into dipping, try pairing Tostitos Scoops! tortilla chips, which have 8 grams of whole grains in every one once serving, with this Chipotle Salsa for a vitamin-rich snack:


¼ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped

3 tbsp lime juice

1 ½ tbsp chipotle chilies chopped

1 ½ tsp ground cumin

1 jar Tostitos®  Salsa

1 bag Tostitos® Scoops! Tortilla Chips


Mix together first five ingredients. Chill before serving with Tostitos tortilla chips. Garnish as desired.

3) Downsize Your Dish – When sitting down to enjoy your barbecue, swap your 12-inch plate for a 10-inch plate—you’ll have less space to pile on the calories. Aim to fill half your plate with vegetables, a quarter with whole grains and a quarter with lean protein (meat, chicken, fish, shellfish). Remember to study the back of your Frito-Lay chip bags to take the guess work out of portion control.

The Giveaway

Frito-Lay is giving one of my readers this cute summer bowl from Crate and Barrel and an assortment of Frito-Lay products!

Mandatory Entry:  Leave a comment telling me a healthy food you like to bring or make for summer barbecues.  Make sure you leave an e-mail address so I can contact you if you win.

Extra Entries:  You can do any of these for 1 additional entry.  Leave a comment for each entry and make sure I have an e-mail address.

1. Follow Adventures With Three Girls on Google Friends Connect (over on the right sidebar).

2. Follow Adventures with Three Girls  on Twitter

3.  Like Adventures With Three Girls on Facebook

The contest will run until 11:59 pm PST July 31, 2010.  The winner will be chosen by    U.S. only.  Good luck!

Disclosure:  Frito-Lay provided me the healthy tips and recipes and I received Frito-Lay products for having this giveaway.

Update 8/1/2010  This contest is now closed.  The winner is Peggy!  Thanks everyone for entering!

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  1. TheChickenista
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    Hi! Im a new follower from FF

    WOuld love for you to visit and return the follow♥

  2. Jen says:

    I am following you from the Friday Blog Hop! What a cute bowl set. I would love to win this!

  3. Jen says:

    I am now following you on Twitter. @jenbrandes

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    I “like” you on Facebook. (jen Godown Brandes)

  5. Amy says:

    Visiting from SITS.

    I am obsessed with Hungry Girl recipes. Whenever we get together with people during the summer, I pick something new out of one of my books. The hubs and I also love the Marketplace salsa from Wal-Mart. All natural ingredients. Nothing added. Y’know…for when I’m feeling too lazy to cook anything to bring. LOL.

    Will be following you on Friends Connect after I hit submit. :-)

  6. kyla says:

    I like to make a pasta salad with whole wheat pasta a lots of fresh veggies, like cucumbers and peppers. Delicious!

  7. kyla says:

    I follow you on GFC!

  8. Cathy says:

    I bring a huge fruit plate or basket. Scooped melon balls, pineapple rings, etc. It is easy to make it very festive and pretty.

  9. Azlb
    Twitter: azlb

    We always have cut fruit and veggies in the fridge. I find if I cut them up and have them ready to eat they just disappear from the fridge.

  10. Amanda says:

    I almost always bring fruit!

  11. Amanda says:

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  12. Amanda says:

    I also follow you on GFConnect.

  13. Kay says:

    I like to bring fruit salads to parties.

  14. Kristen says:

    So many good fruits in the summer…I like to bring a fruit salad in a hollowed out watermelon.

  15. chubskulit says:

    The Frito Lay giveaway is very nice!

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    I following from Friendly Friday.

  17. Julia says:

    I love bringing fresh made salsa! Its packed full of vegis and low in calories! Fun giveaway you have here.

  18. rachel crisman says:

    I like to make my own garden salsa and my homemade pita chips which are low in sodium.Everyone loves that.
    I got my fingers crossed to win. Thanks for the chance.

  19. rachel crisman says:

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  20. Lynn says:

    I like bringing a fruit salad to bbq parties.

  21. Kathy K says:

    I love to have raw veggies and hummus!

  22. Kathy K says:

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  23. I like to bring Veggies and dip to parties or a 7 layer salad that has all veggies in it.

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  25. Michelle S says:

    Something healthy that I like to take to summer parties is fresh fruit. It’s so refreshing during the summer and everybody needs to eat more fruit. :)

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  28. I have a super simple salad recipes that I love this time of year. A bag of frozen Fiesta vegetables, Italian dressing and fresh tomatoes is all you need. I usually throw in some shredded cheddar as well.

    That bowl is beautiful!

  29. Shawn says:

    I like to bring pasta salad with fresh broccoli, tomatoes and olives in it.


  30. Ashlie says:

    One of my favorites that always gets rave reviews is mango and black bean salad – healthy and simple!

  31. lisa kay says:

    We always bring a big bowl of cut up fruit when we go on a outing..Kids favorite.=D

  32. lisa kay says:

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  33. lisa kay says:

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  35. Tami Lewis says:

    i bring fruit salad to get togethers!

  36. Kacie says:

    I like bringing grilled asparagus to summer get togethers!

  37. Kacie says:

    Following Adventures with Three Girls on Twitter!

  38. Tracie Trump says:

    My pasta salad!

  39. Ashley H. says:

    I like taking watermelon as a treat.

  40. Ashley H. says:

    I’m a google follower.

  41. Sarah L says:

    I love to bring fruit salad, or, a pasta salad with tons of veggies in it

  42. Ofa says:

    I love a fruit salad with watermelon, cantelope and red grapes when their nice and cool. I also love potato salad with green onions and bacon with a nice bbq!

  43. Polley says:

    Joined your FB friends :)

  44. Polley says:

    I love to make grilled yellow squash and zucchini for Summer BBQ get-togethers! Couldn’t be any easier- slice veggies to approx 1/2 inch pieces, marinate in italian dressing, grill outdoors or can also be made indoors on the George Foreman :)

  45. Polley says:

    also following you on Google Friend Connect

  46. keli
    Twitter: feedingfour

    I love to bring a taco dip. it’s salsa, cream cheese and taco mix. topped with veggies! Lettuce cheese tomatoes and whatever else is around :)

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  49. Deb K says:

    I like to bring a Garden Shell Salad~Very easy to make and so good!


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  51. kmmom says:

    I like A with 3 girls on Facebook. I like to serve fresh fruit to parties!

  52. Deb K says:

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  55. Cera says:

    I love to bring different flavors of guacamole. Usually we’ll do a classic, a salmon and a fruit flavored guacamole. It pretty much goes with anything and everyone loves the green stuff.

  56. Jan says:

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  57. monique
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    fruit salad

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  61. Kari W says:

    Watermelon is favorite at our summer bbqs


  62. Kari W says:

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  65. Kaye says:

    It gets really hot in the deep south, so I like to make sure there is some yummy juicy refreshing summer fruit around (melons, etc).


  66. Deanna U says:

    I love making grilled veggie skewers on the BBQ. Brush them with a little garlic butter, toss them on the grill and enjoy!

  67. dawn says:

    we love grilled fruit, its so yummy! :)

  68. dawn says:

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  69. Teresa says:

    I like to bring a fresh garden salad with everything grown ourselves and a big bowl of blueberries for the kiddos from our bushes.

  70. Teresa says:

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  71. Kevin says:

    My healthy food that I bring to cook-outs is a frozen fruit cocktail! It is always just what everyone needs to cool off!

  72. Kevin says:

    Just liked on Facebook

  73. Peggy says:

    healthy food I like to bring or make for summer barbecues is usually a seasonal fruit salad…yummy!!

  74. Peggy says:

    following via GFC

  75. Peggy says:

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  76. Peggy says:

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  77. Anne says:

    I bring a veg.plate or even a fruit plate.

  78. Kristen says:

    I like the bring fruit salad.

  79. cwaltz says:

    I like fresh fruit.


  80. Yona Williams
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    Fruit salad! It taste so good after sitting in the fridge for hours!

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  84. Well, my daughter is a vegetarian, so I always need to bring something for her to make certain she has something she can eat – usually homemade hummus with flat breads!


  85. Stephanie says:

    Fruit Salad or just fruit is what I usually always bring

  86. Vicki Wurgler says:

    I like to bring fruit salads or a veggie tray

  87. Casey
    Twitter: MaritimeMom

    My main staple that I bring to BBQs is a mixed fruit salad. That way I always know there is something healthy for my kids to eat. Thanks!

  88. Casey
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    I’m now following you on Twitter. Thanks!

  90. shirley says:

    I get all the veggies from the garden and bring and enjoy.

  91. shirley says:

    I like you on FB.

  92. shirley says:

    I follow on twitter @countrynest.

  93. shirley says:

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  94. kay wolter says:

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  95. Steph S says:

    Fruit salad is always great for summer picnics…it looks pretty and it’s refreshing.

  96. Steph S says:

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  97. Steph S says:

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  98. JoeyfromSC says:

    I like to bring the fresh garden salsa! yum! Or on occasion, freshmade guacamole!

    Thanks for the chance to win!


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  102. Jay says:

    We like bringing the fruit salad!!

  103. Heather says:

    I like to bring veggies and melons to BBQ’s

  104. Heather says:

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  106. Heather says:

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  107. Jesse Bosher says:

    An easy pasta/garden salad. Tri color pasta, italian dressing, and any fresh veggie you desire. I also love to make hummus.

  108. Allison says:

    I like making fruit platters with pineapples.

  109. Allison says:

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  112. Julie L says:

    I bring a fresh fruit bowl to picncis

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  116. Elsie says:

    I bring grapes…healthy , handy and delicious! They add a little fun to any meal, any barbecue food! Sometimes I bring different kinds, red, green, black grapes on a big dish, looks festive and simple…. but so appreciated!

  117. Melissa says:

    I love to stop at roadside stands near by and pick up lots of fresh veggies and fruit to bring. Watermelon, corn, zucchini, tomatoes …nothing like supporting your local farmer and getting veggies and fruit that taste so much better than what you find at the supermarket.

  118. Amanda T says:

    We make a corn salad with roasted corn, some chopped onion and green pepper, fat-free shredded cheese, fat-free mayo, and then crunch up chili cheese chips right before serving. The chips are the worst part for you but not too bad.

  119. brenda says:

    I bring a fruit plate or basket.

  120. kesha says:

    I like to make fresh fruit trays.

  121. adam says:

    I like bringing watermelon.

  122. rickie says:

    I like to make a corn salad.

  123. stevie says:

    I like to whole wheat pasta salads.

  124. cristiniscouponcrazy
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    i like to make spinach dip with lots of veggies to use for dippers

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  128. Jennifer C says:

    I always like to bring fresh fruit with a vanilla cream dip. It’s always a hit.


  129. Rachel says:

    I love to bring a coleslaw salad with a light dressing. No mayo. Yum!

    Great give-away!

  130. Lacey says:

    I like to bring fresh salsa with tomatoes from the Farmer’s Market and lots of fresh cilantro!

  131. Lacey says:

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  132. Claire says:

    Theres always the classic veggies & dip, but I really like to BBQ up some veggie kabobs! Yum yum

  133. Jen
    Twitter: n4zfk

    Hummus and pita chips…or veggies…you can never go wrong with that

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  137. Diane McMahon says:

    I love bring fresh corn to put on the grill and fresh fruit salad. I love the fresh fruits and vegetables available during the summer.

  138. Tracey
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    Fruit salad is a perfect accompaniment to a warm-weather meal!

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  140. Francine Anchondo says:

    I like to make fruit salad.

  141. Sarah in MO says:

    We like to bring Broccoli Salad. Everyone seems to like it and it’s a great way to eat fresh broccoli. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  142. Kristen says:

    I like celery filled with peanut butter or fruit salad in a hollowed out watermelon.

  143. Julie says:

    I usually bring taco salad, shrimp with homemade cocktail sauce, or a veggie and cheese platter to share at parties.

  144. Dana says:

    I like to bring/make a Caprese salad using tomatoes and basil from our garden, as well as mozzarella cheese, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. It’s delicious and tastes like summer and fresh and earthy and I love it!

  145. Jackie says:

    I like to bring a black eye pea salad that can be eaten with whole grain tortilla chips.

  146. Kristine Michelle says:

    I usually bring guacamole (that’s healthy, I think) and also hummos dip
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  150. Janae says:

    Watermelon is always a great Summer BBQ healthy food item to bring! But I love to make a Buffalo Chicken Dip – always a big hit! This chip & dip bowl set would be perfect for my dip. I don’t have any cute sets like this. I end up putting the dip in a pie dish… and chips on a plate…

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  153. I like to bring a lentil salad … it’s flavorful and holds up well in hot weather (no mayo or ingredients which will go bad). And … it’s really healthy!

  154. I’m a google friend connect follower.

  155. I’m following you on twitter (my id is @smallftprints)

  156. Teresa says:

    I like to bring cucumbers fresh from our garden, sliced very thick and stuffed with spicy hummus. Delicious!

  157. Kathleen says:

    I like to bring a coleslaw in a vinagrette rather than a mayo based dressing. I use extra virgin olive oil, rice vinegar, balsamic vinegar, creole mustard and a touch of sugar

  158. Amanda says:

    My favorite healthy summer snack for a get-together is an easy one, watermelon! So cool & refreshing :) Thanks for the giveaway! Amanda
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  159. ava
    Twitter: housewiferemix

    black bean and corn salad

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  161. Amy K says:

    My favorite thing to bring is fruit. Strawberries and blueberries are so pretty together, and kids usually go for that!!!

  162. Kathryn says:

    I love to take fruit salsa with cinnamon chips!! yummy

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  164. ELAINE FAITH says:

    I would bring watermelon along with fresh fruit sliced.Thanks for the giveaway!

  165. scottsgal says:

    I like bringing a fresh fruit salads with melons, grapes and bananas

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  167. Leanne says:

    I always volunteer to bring a fruit salad. It seems that is one thing you can never go wrong with! Also in the summer I am always making salsa for my family, especially when all the veggies are ready in the garden. It is our go to snack in the evenings.
    Thanks for the chance!!

  168. Leanne says:

    Following along on google friend connect :)

  169. Leanne says:

    Following on twitter @lmkirb

  170. melissa says:

    I love bringing apples and melted cheddar cheese dip. It sounds crazy but the combination is delicious!

  171. kmmom says:

    I follow you on GFC

  172. kmmom says:

    I bring a fruit platter!