One of the best things about social gatherings are the party dips. Dips are delicious, fun to eat, and they are the perfect way to spice up a raw vegetable or cracker. However, many times we fall victim to mindless dipping. We get wrapped up in conversations and munch away while we chat. The problem is that we can easily dip our way into hundreds of calories without even realizing it. So, what’s the solution? No party dip? Come on now, a party isn’t complete without the tip. The solution is simply serving healthier dips.
Here are some dips to consider serving at your next part, to keep your guests on a healthy eating track:
Salsa is one of the healthiest dips around because it’s loaded with vitamins and nutrients. Consider making your own salsa that consists of chopped tomatoes, peppers, onion, cilantro and other spices. You can make your salsa as mild or as spicy as you please. You could even add some mango or papaya to your salsa to give it a unique twist and add even more nutrients to it. Serve this vitamin-rich dip with baked tortilla chips or baked pita chips. Keep deep fried chips off of your serving platter so you don’t derail the healthiness of the salsa.
Hummus is a delicious dip made of mashed chick peas, olive oil, lemon juice, tahini and spices. And guess what; hummus is healthy! The healthy fats and vitamins found in hummus will fill your party guests with nutrients and energy. You can either make your own hummus or purchase one of the varieties on the market. You can find flavors such as roasted red pepper hummus, garlic and artichoke hummus, or pesto and pine nut hummus. Hummus goes great with mini carrots and other raw veggies, as well as with baked pita chips.
3. Lentil Feta Bruschetta
This dip is delicious, nutritious and extremely easy to make. All you need is a package of ready-to-eat lentils, a jar of bruschetta and crumbled, fat-free feta. Take these three ingredients, mix them together in a bowl and voila! Serve this healthy dip with baked pita chips, and you’re guest will be begging for more.
4. White Bean Dip
White bean dip is packed with nutrients and flavor! Simply take a can of white kidney beans (drained), fresh rosemary, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and puree these ingredients together in a food processor or blender. You can even add a dash of cayenne pepper if you’d like to spice up your white bean dip. This versatile dip goes well with veggies, baked chips and whole-wheat crackers.
5. Layered Bean Dip
A layered bean dip is always a party favorite, but a diet saboteur. However, it doesn’t have to be if you make it the right way. For the bottom layer of your dip, use black beans to load your dip with protein and fiber. The next layer should consist of ground, low fat turkey that’s flavored with cumin. On top of that, you could either add fresh guacamole or sliced avocados to give your bean dip a dose of healthy fat. From there, you can add chopped tomatoes and even some low-fat cheese. Your guest will be able to dip away in a healthy way!