Go Skinny Dipping: Healthy dip suggestions

Let’s start with the bad news: Many of the dips we love to congregate around and munch on at social events are loaded with fat and sodium.

It makes me crazy how spinach and/or artichoke dip sound so healthy, when they really aren’t. Rather than say, “Hey! This dip has a lot more hydrogenated oil than green roughage!” they go and call it after its hint-of-vegetable component.

The good news: You can easily make all kinds of dips that are actually good for you. Then, you won’t have to wake up feeling remorseful about your party snacking. Beans, veggies, fruit, yogurt, etc. can all be used to make high-fiber, low-fat, low-sodium dips that taste just as good as the stuff that’s bad for you.

What’s good?

All of these are really easy to make, more delicious, and more filling than their fat-laden cousins.

  • Salsa – As long as it’s low-sodium – it’s just a bunch of vegetables, fruits and spices.
  • Hummus – Be aware of the oil content in some prepackaged kinds, but be glad for the fiber. Throw in some roasted red peppers or olives to make more yummy flavor combinations.
  • Baba Ghanoush – What’s not to love about roasted eggplant dip?  The recipe from the link uses olive oil, but I use plain greek yogurt instead and love the creaminess it adds!
  • Tzatziki Dip – Cucumber, dill, yogurt, garlic, and lemon juice – more please!
  • Yogurt dips – Mix plain yogurt with feta, dijon mustard, blue cheese, herbs, spices, veggies, fruit, etc. to make creamy dips without the fat that comes with mayonnaise and sour cream.
  • Guacamole – It has fat, but it’s good fat – just watch what you add. Sour cream or sodium-filled flavor packets can undo some of an innocent avocado’s goodness.

The final trick is to not ruin your good dip with bad dippers. Opt for veggies, grilled meat skewers, toasted pita or multigrain crackers instead of greasy chips to complete your dish.

With these skinny dipping options, you might actually feel good getting into your bikini this summer.