Dips, Lightened Up

by in Healthy Recipes, January 18, 2013

hot crab dip
Creamy blue cheese, artichoke and other cheesy dips can sabotage your waistline long before the main course even begins. Lighten up these bad boys with a few quick tricks—they’ll still taste fantastic.

Nutrition Facts
Folks LOVE to take their veggies, pita, and chips for a dip—actually, let’s call it a plunge. Creamy dips aren’t the only culprit out there but those are the ones highest in artery-clogging saturated fat and cholesterol. Here are the nutrition facts for ¼ cup of commercially-prepared popular dips. (Keep in mind that many folks down 2 to 4 times that amount in one sitting.)

  • Blue Cheese: 220 calories, 24 grams total fat, 4 grams saturated fat, 500 milligrams sodium, 0 grams sugar
  • Artichoke: 200 calories, 16 grams total Fat, 9 grams saturated fat, 360 milligrams sodium, 2 grams sugar
  • Ranch: 240 calories, 24 grams total fat, 4 grams saturated fat, 740 milligrams sodium, 4 grams sugar
  • Onion: 120 calories, 9 grams total fat, 6 grams saturated fat, 420 milligrams sodium, 2 grams sugar

Other dips like hummus and guacamole aren’t shy in calories either, but at least there’s more healthy fat in them. Here are the average numbers you’ll see on ¼ cup of popular commercial varieties:

  • Hummus: 140 calories, 12 grams total fat, 2 grams saturated fat, 260 milligrams sodium, 0 grams sugar
  • Guacamole: 120 calories, 10 grams total fat, 2 grams saturated fat, 180 milligrams sodium, 0 grams sugar

Commercial varieties of dips typically add a bunch of additives and preservatives, which is one of the biggest reasons we suggest making your own.

Lightening Creamy Dips
Dip made with mayo, sour cream, buttermilk and various cheeses have the biggest calorie counts. But these ingredients also help give dips a creamy mouth-feel and delicious taste. When lightening up there are several tips:

  • Calculate 2 tablespoons per person when creating your dip (instead of the 1/4 cup per person that many recipes suggest). This means you may cut back on all ingredients by 1/4 to 1/3 of what the recipe calls for.
  • Instead of going non- and low fat on everything, choose one ingredient like mayo to keep as full fat and compliment with a reduced-calorie sour cream.
  • Replace part of the mayo with nonfat plain Greek yogurt.
  • Instead of solid-packed cream cheese, choose whipped or Neufchatel cheese, which has 1/3 of the fat.
  • A little bit of flavorful cheese like sharp cheddar, Roquefort or other blue cheese goes a long way.
  • Add herbs like dill, thyme, parsley, and tarragon or aromatic veggies like leeks, scallions and red onions to bring out the flavor while cutting back on the fattier ingredients.

Also think about what you’re dipping with. Minimize the fried chips and opt for healthier choices.

  • Whole grain crackers
  • Whole wheat pita slices or mini pitas
  • Sliced veggies

Recipes To Try:

More posts from .

Similar Posts

Make Your Own Pretzels

Pretzels are everywhere: the grocery aisle, the sandwich counter, the mall, the airplane, and just about every vending machine on the planet. Now they...

Comments (1,959)

  1. Title…

    [...]that will be the finish of this report. Here you will come across some web pages that we assume you’ll enjoy, just click the hyperlinks over[...]…

  2. colonie de vacances…

    [...]we came across a cool website which you could get pleasure from. Take a appear should you want[...]…

  3. Minneapolis Home Remodeling…

  4. great article…

    [...]always a massive fan of linking to bloggers that I really like but really don’t get a great deal of link love from[...]…

  5. vinyl vehicle graphics…

    [...]Sites of interest we’ve a link to[...]…

  6. now says:

    now…

    [...]just beneath, are quite a few entirely not connected sites to ours, even so, they may be certainly worth going over[...]…

  7. business credit…

    [...]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a few unrelated data, nonetheless genuinely worth taking a look, whoa did one particular learn about Mid East has got more problerms also [...]…

  8. Viper Stripes…

    [...]the time to read or take a look at the content or sites we have linked to below the[...]…

  9. Title…

    [...]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a couple of unrelated data, nevertheless truly worth taking a search, whoa did one master about Mid East has got a lot more problerms as well [...]…

  10. web design says:

    web design…

    [...]Sites of interest we’ve a link to[...]…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>