Dip is delicious — buffalo chicken wings in creamy bleu cheese, tortilla chips in cheesy spinach artichoke dip … yum. But those decadent dips can translate into lots of extra calories and too-snug jeans that leave you feeling uncomfortable and miserable.
You’re determined to exercise, eat right and have plenty of room in those jeans again, but those carrot and cucumber sticks and apple slices are just not cutting it on their own. Too boring. Maybe just some caramel for those apple slices — after all, it’s still fruit and only just a couple of tablespoons, right?
Well, the bad news is that even just a few tablespoons of yummy but fattening dip will make a beeline for your waist, while all the effort you put into chopping up fruits and veggies and saying no to the extra large mocha cappuccino with whipped cream goes to waste. The good news is that you can prepare low-calorie dips to make your healthy snacks more enjoyable, exciting and palatable.
This healthy spinach dip recipe from LindseyIsham.com substitutes cottage cheese for sour cream for results that are not only creamy but also more satisfying. The cottage cheese gives this dip a boost of protein that is sure to satisfy your hunger and give you more control over your portions.
This healthy creamy kale dip recipe from FitSugar is a bit more involved, but it’s an excellent substitute for cheesy spinach and artichoke dip, which is indeed delicious but super high in calories. You will need to cook the kale with a few other ingredients and then break out the blender or food processor, but it’s savory, delicious and easy on your waistline — not to mention ideal for parties. Your guests will never know they aren’t actually being bad.
This recipe from SkinnyMs.com says it all in the name — skinny peanut butter yogurt dip. Ideal for dipping sliced apples, strawberries or bananas. The star ingredient here, not surprisingly, is Greek yogurt, which has truly revolutionized things in the kitchen. Just a half a cup mixed well with 1/4 cup of organic crunchy peanut butter will make you feel like you’re indulging when you’re actually helping yourself achieve your weight-loss goals.