Ditch the store-bought chips, dip, and veggies. Today I’m going to give you 3 healthy alternatives to store-bought dips that are sure to be a slam dunk at your next BBQ or pool party.
Pico De Gallo
Ingredients: 1 container of cherry or grape tomatoes~ 1 medium red onion ( white works just a good) ~ 1 medium jalapeno (optional if you don’t like spice)~ 2 tbsps of lime juice~ and finely chopped cilantro ( this part is up to your personal taste)
Recipe: In a medium bowl combine, 1 container of cherry or grape tomatoes cut the tomatoes into small pieces, chop 1 red or white onion. Chop 1 medium jalapeno (optional). 2 tablespoons of lime juice. And finally, you’ll need to finely chop cilantro ( the amount of cilantro is up to your personal taste.) Don’t forget salt and pepper to taste.
Nutritional Facts: 5 calories, <1g of fat, per 2 tbsp serving
You need to a food processor or a high power blender for this recipe.
Ingredients: 3/4 cup frozen or fresh edamame~ 3 tbsps of lime juice ( you can always add more if you like a stronger lime taste)~ 1 firm ripped avocado ~ 3 tbsps of chopped cilantro~ and 1 tbsp of finely chopped jalapeno (you can omit the jalapeno if you don’t spice)
Recipe: In a food processor (or blender) combine 3/4 cup of frozen (or fresh if you have it) edamame and 2-3 tbsp of fresh lime juice. You’ll want to pulse it until it resembles a coarse puree. Add 1 firm ripped avocado, and 3 tbsps of fresh chopped cilantro and 1 tbsp of finely chopped jalapeno (optional). Pulse a few times. What you are looking for are chunks of avocado but not too chunky.
Nutritional Facts: 31 calories, 2g fat, per 2 tbsp serving
White Bean Hummus
This hummus is anything but traditional. First, there aren’t any chickpeas in this recipe I know can you believe it and second, there is absolutely no oil either. This recipe is made with cannellini beans (white beans) and this recipe uses peanut butter in place of the oil.
Ingredients: 1- 15 0z. can of cannellini beans (white beans)~ 1/4 cup of warm water~ 3 tbsp of reduced fat peanut butter (smooth not chunky)~2 tbsps of fresh lemon juice~ 1 tbsp of chopped garlic (you can always add more garlic if you like the garlic taste)~ 1 to 2 tbsps of cumin.
Recipe: In a food processor combine 1 15-0z can of cannellini beans, 1/4 cup of warm water,3 tablespoons of reduced fat peanut butter, 2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice 1 tbsp of chopped garlic and 1-2 tsp of cumin. You want to pulse until nice and smooth.
Nutritional Facts: 48 calories, 2g of fat, per 2 tbsp serving
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