I just returned home from a cocktail reception filled with very friendly schmoozers and boozers. While I was there, one of our enthusiastic readers came running up to me with a plateful of Spinach Artichoke Dip and crackers. “Look, Kathy! I am eating so healthy and light tonight!,” she proclaimed with absolute pride. I just smiled. Why ruin this beautiful woman’s fun at an intimate party with the bad news that not all dishes with a vegetable name are light or healthy? Besides, I would never comment on the food choices of others in person. Tacky, tacky, tacky. I merely blog about it for the entire world to see afterwards.
Here are the facts: It can be very deceiving to see bountiful vegetables or fruit within a dip. It sort of looks healthy, doesn’t it? However, almost every thick creamy dip created by a caterer or restaurant contains cream cheese, heavy cream, mayonnaise and/or regular cheeses.
A mere 1/2 cup of this dip smeared over some crackers or bread can contain 370 calories and 27 grams of fat. (Uh, and that doesn’t include the crackers or bread either!).
If you want to nibble on something, stick to the raw vegetables and fruit as an appetizer when dining out. Better yet, skip the appetizers completely, have a glass of wine instead, and wait for a healthy dinner of pure protein, quality carbs and some healthy fat.