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Chips and Dips Get a Healthy Makeover

Skip Chips and Slim Down Dips for Healthier Party Fare

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Cheese Fondue Yes, even cheese fondue can be made healthier! It's a favorite party food of many, but this lighter version will let you indulge without guilt. It's just as creamy as the original, but its secret ingredients add fiber and flavor while cutting the fat. Even slimmed down, this is a "sometimes" food—one that's perfect for a party. Dust off your old fondue pot and cook up some cheesy goodness! (Oh, and one last tip: Swap beer for wine if that's what you have on hand. You can also use chicken broth. The liquid is just there to add flavor and keep the fondue moist.)

Roasted Red Pepper Dip Purée roasted red peppers with low-fat plain yogurt for a simply delicious dip. This recipe just 35 calories a serving, with 1 gram of fat!

Veggie Guacamole Serve smooth or chunky guacamole that's heavy on the veggies for only 75-80 calories per serving. By adding more vegetables to the dip, you're spreading out the fat and calories of the avocados, reducing the overall calorie count and boosting the nutrition profile.

More Dip Tips
  • Use light mayo, low-fat cream cheese and skim milk when making creamy dips.
  • Swap puréed white beans for half the mayo in creamy dips to boost calories and cut fat.
  • Serve dips with baked whole-grain crackers and vegetables.
  • Instead of using store-bought or your traditional homemade chip dip, use regular mayonnaise for half of the recipe, and replace the other half with reduced-fat sour cream. One cup of lower-fat sour cream will provide all the flavor and texture of mayonnaise but cut 1,300 calories and 150 grams of fat from the whole batch.
  • Try any one of these healthy dips, which have fewer than 50 calories a serving!
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Member Comments

  • FOXGLOVE999
    I make dip with light sour cream, I don't do yogurt. My favorites are ranch dip, blue cheese dip, and avocado ranch dip. I like Kettle Brand baked chips. It's seem to be all to rage right now to make chips out of all kinds of vegetables, but if you check the labels, they are not any better for you, even the commercially made pita chips are terrible. Baked potato chips are much better. - 9/6/2014 3:39:06 PM
  • JNJ300
    I make "chips" by thinly slicing turnip or jicama. - 4/11/2014 8:31:06 AM
  • I don't care for dip. - 8/14/2013 3:54:16 PM
  • Kale chips! Yum! - 3/14/2013 5:58:26 AM
  • When making dips, use plain yogurt. Using plain yogurt and stevia sweetner is a wonderful dip for fresh fruits. Place the stevia leaves in and around the fruit for decoration. - 8/30/2012 4:08:50 PM
  • I like to make my own pita chips from the whole wheat pita bread one can purchase at Trader Joe's. They're 100% whole wheat with no additives, preservatives or sugar. It's easy and tasty! Here's how:

    Cut the pita bread rounds in half. Separate top from bottom. Cut each half into 3 slices (Pie shaped). Arrange the pieces on a baking sheet, smooth side down. Brush the rough side lightly with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and sprinkle lightly with seasalt. Bake 4 minutes at 400 degrees. Flip them over and bake another 4 minutes. Crunchy and everyone loves them! - 2/3/2012 7:21:25 PM
  • ANNEV2012
    Better than all of these suggestions...wat
    ch at least half the game from your treadmill or exercise bike, then indulge a little!!! - 2/3/2012 10:40:41 AM
  • A great low fat onion dip.. Low fat cream cheese, 1/4 cup finely chopped onion.. warm cream cheese to room temperature add onion, slowly add warm water and mix, add warm water till you get it the thickness you desire, Our family uses it with veggies, pretzels, baked chips, flatbread crackers.. - 2/3/2012 8:55:36 AM
  • I'll have to try to find some whole wheat pretzels some time.

    Check out my recent blog post for some healthy recipes for Super Bowl Sunday!

    http://health4l
    ifekc.blogspo
    t.com/2012/01
    /super-bowl-p
    arty-snack-ideas.html - 2/3/2012 8:24:57 AM
  • when i make dip i use fat free plain yogurt and soup mix and i dip baby carrots and celery sticks i also like to use hummus for dipping i like it with chicken and pita bread - 2/3/2012 7:51:56 AM
  • Yes, I think it's supposed to say "boost fiber." - 2/3/2012 7:40:24 AM
  • "Boost" nutrition is what I have to think was the intended idea. It obviously cuts fat and calories :) I puree garbanzos (inspired by hummus) and put that in dips in place of half the creamy or fatty ingredients and it's wonderful.
    - 2/3/2012 7:37:00 AM
  • "Swap puréed white beans for half the mayo in creamy dips to boost calories and cut fat."

    Is this supposed to say "boost?" Mayo usually seems to have more than enough calories. Am guessing it should be "cut" instead... - 2/3/2012 2:30:52 AM
  • I recently discovered greek yogurt as a substitute in dips. I find it is a yummy replacement for sour cream with the same tang but less fat. - 1/5/2012 12:02:16 PM
  • Awesome dip.. low on calories. easy to make..
    16 oz package low fat cream cheese 1/2 small onion diced very fine.. water
    bring cream cheese to room temperature.. add onion.. mix well.. add warm water till it gets to the dip consistency you like.. - 11/16/2011 2:42:56 PM

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