This post is not about what you might think (this isn’t that kind of blog), but for foodies like myself this post might present an even better way to cool off on a hot summer day! If you’ve checked out some of my other recipes, then you’re probably well aware that I’m a huge fan of dips! Here is a quick overview of how to make the your favorite (and maybe not so healthy) dips guilt-free! Grab some sliced veggies or pita chips and get skinny dippin’!
Creamy Spinach Dip
Make your creamy spinach dip with reduced fat cream cheese, non fat yogurt and low fat cottage cheese instead of full fat cheese, mayo, and sour cream for a tasty treat that won’t weigh you down on a summer day.
Blue Cheese Dip
Pair your buffalo wings with a mixture of reduced fat sour cream, blue cheese crumbles, distilled white vinegar and a little bit of cayenne pepper instead of a store bought dressing. Make it hot or keep it cool by adjusting the amount of pepper you put in!
Fluff up your guac. with fresh tomato salsa for a lighter version thats just as tasty! Mash in some avocado, squeeze a little lime and enjoy! You can also try experiencing with non-conventional ingredients like mangoes or strawberries! (I haven’t tried this yet but my Dad has and said it was delish!)
Layered Bean Dip
Skip the canned refried beans and try layering with black beans, salsa, reduced fat sour cream and fresh veggies like avocado, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes and olives. Sprinkle with your favorite low fat cheese and dive in. This one is sure to be a party pleaser and goes great with a football game!
French Onion Dip
Forget the canned Lay’s version and make your own by simmering chopped onions in vegetable broth and using reduced fat sour cream and plain yogurt to achieve a creamy texture like your store-bought favorite. Pair with baked potato crisps or make your own!
You’ll never go back to store bought hummus once you grind up your own chick peas and toss in a food processor with tahini, lemon and whatever other ingredients suit your fancy. Try garlic, tomato, basil and any other veggies or herbs you think might be good on a cracker. Use less oil by adding water to reach a desired consistency and skip the salt all together.