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Joy Bauer's healthy March Madness snacks: Hummus poppers & vegan spinach dip

Joy Bauer makes healthy versions of game day favorites, spinach artichoke dip and jalapeo poppers, for March Madness.
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Need something to keep you satisfied while watching the basketball games this weekend? I whipped up two vegan — and totally delicious — spins on jalapeño poppers and spinach artichoke dip. The Bauer taste testers think they're a slam dunk, but don't take my word for it — give them a shot. (All puns intended!)

Spicy Hummus Poppers

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip
Vegan Spinach Artichoke DipNathan Congleton / TODAY

Spinach artichoke dip typically clocks in at 300-plus calories per 1/4-cup serving. My slim-style vegan version (100% dairy-free) provides only 110 calories per serving but is still rich and delicious — and it's loaded with fiber and protein (7 gram each). It gets its creamy texture from (surprise!) pureed white beans and silken tofu. Your guests won't even realize the secret swap — unless you decide to divulge.

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For more delicious recipes, check out Joy's cookbook, From Junk Food to Joy Food. Want Joy to make over your favorite fattening dish? Challenge her via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.