The sun is shining, the pool is open, and it’s time to start planning your summer get-together. You’ve got your Tiki candles, the luau decorations are set, and now you’re trying to plan the menu. While your entrée will most likely include an array of barbecued meat and vegetables, you’re thinking more about the appetizers. You don’t want anything too hot, or difficult to prepare, so you decide to go with fun, summery party dips. Everything from orange avocado salsa to a homemade eggplant caponata — fresh, healthy ingredients combined with tantalizing flavor — talk about winning.
The best part of your dip extravaganza? All of the dips we’ve suggested for your backyard party are made using fresh produce, herbs, and spices. No processed additives. Low fat. Low Calorie. Sweet. When creating your dips, think of eccentric takes on classic dishes such as a grilled corn salsa instead of your regular jarred salsa. Or a caramelized onion dip instead of that packaged sour cream mess you’re so familiar with. Instead of sour cream, try Greek yogurt. You’ll not only cut calories, but pump up the nutritional value of the dip by increasing protein and probiotic counts.
Another healthy dip tip: forget the packaged spice packets. Onion soup mix packets are loaded with salt and processed ingredients. Instead, head to the produce department and choose fresh herbs to flavor your favorite dips. Homemade guacamole? Pick up some fresh cilantro and tomatoes. Grilled corn salsa? Throw some jalapeños in your shopping cart. Simple, fresh ingredients that naturally flavor your favorite dishes, without the added salt and processed additives.
We’ve compiled a list of the 10 healthiest summer dips for your next gathering. They’re all under 150 calories per serving (most fewer than 100!), and include everything from your typical hummus to a sweet yogurt fruit dip. The only thing you’ll need to worry about this summer is entertaining your guests and enjoying yourself. We’ve got the menu covered.
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Coming in with the highest calorie content (only about 150 calories per serving), artichoke dip can be recreated with Greek yogurt or low-fat sour cream to cut calories and up protein content.
Caramelized Onion Dip
Fresh onions and low-fat mayonnaise help this dip remain under 100 calories. Sweet caramelized onions are combined with fresh herbs and spices, then baked to create an unforgettable cheesy texture — this dip is definitely worth the calories.