It's hard to a picture an appetizer lineup that doesn't feature some sort of dip. Unfortunately, while there's nothing inherently wrong with dip, there is often quite a lot wrong with the way we make dip, not to mention the things we dip in it!

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There's no reason dieters should  miss out on the dipping fun, and now, thanks to these four healthy recipes, they won't have to! The first of them, for guacamole, actually didn't require much swapping, since it was pretty healthy to begin with!

Though you should second-guess the rare guacamole recipe that calls for sour cream, most only feature mashed avocado, salt, lime juice, other veggies (usually tomato and onion) and spices.

Avocado, guacamole's main ingredient, is bursting with vitamins, antioxidants, and: for example, Vitamin K, magnesium, and lutein. Avocado is also high in monosaturated fat, which means that guacamole has a somewhat higher calorie count. A small dose of this heart-healthy fat could help keep you satisfied and reduce inflammation, but you don't want to go totally overboard!

The calorie count for our next recipe, homemade hummus, also looks to be on the high side, because the eight serving yield assumed a meal-sized portion of 100 grams; a single tablespoon serving would only be around 52.

Hummus's main ingredient, chickpeas, are high in folate, manganese, plant-based protein, and soluble fiber, so they're an awesome addition to any appetizer table. Our version swaps high-fat oil and tahini for leaner condiments like Bragg's Liquid Aminos and lemon juice.

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Next, there's spinach dip, a condiment that can be so treacherous that it was one of the Christmas calorie bombs you'd do well to avoid this holiday season. However, the spinach itself was never the problem; it's all the oil, butter, mayonnaise, cream cheese, and sour cream we mix with it!

This healthy recipe doesn't leave out tasty extras like cheese and butter, it just minimizes them so you can get a little of that decadent spinach-dip feel without regretting it the next time you hop on the scale.

It stays just as tasty as the richer stuff with help from low-calorie superfoods like garlic and apple cider vinegar, both of which have unique metabolism-boosting properties!

Finally, if your veggie of choice is tomato, that's no problem either! Our simple Worcestershire tomato dip is the lowest-fat dip on our list, though the tomatoes do give it a bit of a carbohydrate count.

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As far as what you should dip in these delectable recipes? Obviously, your best options are veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, mushrooms, red pepper, and celery. Second choice would probably be a cracker without added sugar like melba toast or a triscuit.

The chips is where things get a little more dubious, but if you have to have em, try to find a relatively plain and low-sodium chip rather than chomping down on some MSG-loaded Doritos.

Baked chips will also be lower in fat and calories than fried ones, or you could go a little further out of the box and look for a chip made from a non-potato vegetable. As always, the less processed the better!

To avoid over-snacking, instead of plopping yourself down next to the snack table, make one moderate plate and then move to another part of the room. Come on, there's gotta be one interesting person around!

Simple Guacamole

guacamole

This guilt-free guac is sure to hit the spot! Estimated nutritional value of 190 calories, 15.4g fat. 0 mg cholesterol, 13.9 carbohydrates, 8.8g fiber, 3.6 protein, and 4.2g sugar.

Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook time
N/A
Yield
6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 avocados, pitted
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 small white onion
  • Cayenne pepper or hot sauce to taste (if desired)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Directions
In a large bowl, combine avocados, lime juice, cilantro, onion, pepper and salt. Stir, then slowly turn the bowl as you run a fork through the avocados (this will ensure the mixture stays chunky). Once it's reached your desired consistency, season with more salt if needed. Garnish with more cilantro before serving.

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Homemade Hummus

Homemade hummus and celery!

This homemade hummus is an easy, delicious snack! Estimated nutritional value of 379 calories, 6.3g fat. 0 mg cholesterol, 63.6g carbohydrate, 18g fiber, 19.9g protein, and 11.7 g sugar.

Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook time
10 minutes
Yield
8 servings

Ingredients

  • Half a red onion
  • Half a brown onion
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • Lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp Bragg's Liquid Aminos
  • 3 sprigs coriander
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 800g chickpeas, rinsed

Directions
Cook onion, garlic, lemon juice, Bragg's, coriander, and cumin in a saucepan until sautéed. Add water if required. Process everything in a processor and add lemon juice and water until desired thickness.

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Spinach Basil Onion and Garlic Dip

spinach basil onion and garlic dip

Why settle for typical spinach dip when this tasty one is just a few swaps away? Estimated nutritional value of 38 calories, 2.4g fat. 6mg cholesterol, 2.4 carbohydrates, .8 g fiber, 2.5g protein, and .2g sugar.

Prep Time
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Cook time
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Yield
4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tbsp homemade butter
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 1 Tbsp Parmesan
  • 1-2 cups fresh basil
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Directions
In a frying pan, melt half a tablespoon of homemade butter. Add four cloves crushed garlic and a diced onion. Saute lightly. Add about four cups of spinach, one at a time, till it starts to wilt. Add a little water if needs. Take off heat, put in blitzer with one teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese, salt, and lots of pepper. If desired, add apple cider vinegar and/or any other herbs or spices you like!

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Worcestershire Tomato Dip

Worcestershire Tomato Dip

Get your lycopene in with this tasty tomato dip! Estimated nutritional value of 48 calories, 0.7 g fat. 0 mg cholesterol, 10.2g carbohydrates, 2g protein, and 6.3g sugar.

Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook time
10 minutes
Yield
4 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 Roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tpsp chilli flakes (or other spice if desired)
  • 1/4 tsp stevia

Directions
Fry tomato and onion in a pan until soft. Add worcestershire sauce, chili flakes, and stevia. Mix until very soft. Chill in the fridge. Use as a dip with melba toast for a healthy snack between meals.

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