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Try These Healthy Dips!

Try These Healthy Dips!

Game day doesn’t have to be a health foul

Don’t get us wrong; we love and appreciate a big eating day as much as the next guy. Maybe even more, given that we’re a food and drink site. But when you’re trying to stick to a New Year’s resolution of being healthier and a day like the Super Bowl comes around (with the Valentine’s Day candy-fest arriving shortly after), a day loaded with horrible-for-you foods isn’t ideal. If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, you don’t have to cheat guests out of a tasty experience just so you can stay on track. There are plenty of healthy options to serve at a Super Bowl party that are just as flavorful and satisfying as some junkier foods we could name.

Healthy Dips to Try

Don’t get us wrong; we love and appreciate a big eating day as much as the next guy. There are plenty of healthy options to serve at a Super Bowl party that are just as flavorful and satisfying as some junkier foods we could name.

Apple Chips with Salted Caramel Yogurt Dip

Looking for something crunchy and sweet, minus all of the guilt associated with dessert? This chip-and-dip recipe is absolutely for you and your fellow football fans. It is the perfect way to reminisce about the beginning of football season with its familiar and warm fall flavors.

Click here for the Apple Chips with Salted Caramel Yogurt Dip Recipe

Almond Avocado Pudding

Ditch the fattening cream and choose avocados for a healthier, creamier fruit dip. This recipe is full of protein, and with just a pinch of brown sugar, it’s sweet enough to make guests feel like they are enjoying a decadent treat. Use this dessert as a dip by serving sweet strawberries and blueberries.

Click here for the Almond Avocado Pudding recipe

Avocado with Butternut Squash and Hummus Dip

Typically, avocados harken to a time of warmer weather, since they are often paired with citrusy ingredients. However, butternut squash and hummus have just the right amount of seasonal flavorings to make this a perfect game-day dip. With these easy ingredients, you can make a hearty appetizer for your biggest fans! Try serving this with toaste wheat pita bread for a hearty and completely snack.

— Bobby Skiber

Click here for the Avocado with Butternut Squash and Hummus Dip recipe

Avocado Salsa with Pan-Roasted Cumin

If you want to make Super Bowl Sunday a little more exotic, try this recipe out. The Indian spice influence with the traditional Mexican ingredients make for a complex flavor profile that just so happens to be full of healthy fat and is low in sugar. Try serving this dip with crunchy vegetables like celery and broccoli.

Click here for the Avocado Salsa with Pan Roasted Cumin recipe

Avocado Tabbouleh Appetizer

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Looking for a filling and healthy game-day spread? Try this hearty recipe. The best part of this dish is that it can be made ahead and stored in the fridge because the flavors just get better with time. Spread it on pita chips or use it as the filling for celery boats — the tasty and healthy possibilities are endless.

Click here for the Avocado Tabbouleh Appetizer recipe

Avocado and Tomatillo Salsa

From the Muy Bueno Cookbook: “The creaminess of the avocados combined with the pop of spice from jalapeños and serranos make this salsa irresistible. Use this salsa to top tacos, gorditas, or sopes.” For a healthier game day, you could simply serve this salsa with a few crunchy carrot sticks or cool cucumber slices to even out the spice.

Click here for the Avocado and Tomatillo Salsa recipe

Fantastic Fruit Dip

If you want to get really creative with this dip for game day, try arranging the fruit skewers to look like goal posts. Use a Styrofoam base to keep your structure upright, and let football fans pick fruit off of it at their leisure to dip into this fabulously sweet and healthy dip.

Click here for the Fantastic Fruit Dip recipe.

Gingered Caramel and Yogurt Dip

Green Herb Dip

Whether you want to dip vegetables in it or use it as a spread on crostini, this dip is worth making in a large batch and refrigerating. With this tasty dip, you can make everything from winning sandwiches to flavorful cold pasta salads!

Click here for the Green Herb Dip recipe

Mango and Avocado Salsa

Tart and tasty, this mango salsa high in fiber, low in sodium, and totally vegetarian-friendly. The cilantro and red onion give this Super Bowl dip a little kick, making it a great addition to shrimp cocktail.

Click here for the Mango and Avocado Salsa recipe

Southwest Taco Dip

It isn’t a game-day celebration without a taco dip, but you don’t have to overload yours with heavy cream cheese and sugary, premade salsa. Instead, make a zesty and creamy dip with yogurt as your base and add seasonings to your taste. Pair it with wheat tortilla chips for a healthier game-day snack.

Click here for the Southwest Taco Dip recipe


11 Healthy Dip Recipes Perfect for Your Summer Cookout

With a few smart swaps and the addition of plants, you can transform high-calorie dips into healthy snacks and party food. These recipes show you how.

Trade potato chips for veggie sticks to cut fat, carbs, and calories while increasing nutrition.

It’s getting sunnier outdoors, and while the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over, you’re probably looking forward to more outdoor, coronavirus-safe activities.

One staple at any warm-weather cookout is a selection of delicious dips. When it comes to your chips, veggie sticks, and pretzels, the question, whether you're the host or a guest, is which dip to choose — especially since dips tend to be among the least healthy options on that summer spread.

“Generally, dips are considered unhealthy because they’re made from high-calorie, high-saturated-fat ingredients like sour cream, mayonnaise, and cheese,” says Julie Andrews, RDN, a food and nutrition consultant in Appleton, Wisconsin.

You can easily make recipes like French onion dip, spinach and artichoke dip, and queso dip more nutritious by swapping in healthier ingredients, such as plain Greek yogurt in place of sour cream, or mixing in pureed veggies like sweet potato to give cheese-heavy dips more vitamins, she says.

Or, just look for dips that are naturally healthier. “Hummus dips are very healthy and filling because they contain fiber, and they’re also a good source of protein,” says Sarah Mirkin, RDN, a physical therapist in Beverly Hills, California. Wholesome dips like salsa, butternut squash dip, tahini dip, and guacamole are also great options, she says.

You can make even healthier choices by paying attention to what you’re dipping. While tortilla chips are fine if you eat them in moderation, it's hard to go overboard with veggie dippers like carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, and radishes, Andrews says. Other great dipping options include whole-grain crackers, lentil or bean chips, and whole-grain pita chips.

Whether you’re planning to socialize safely or just up your solo snack game, here are 10 healthier twists on your classic summer cookout favorites.


7 Easy, healthy and tasty dip recipes to indulge in your scrumptious snacks

We cannot deny the importance of different dips for indulging in our favourite foods. But at the same time, there should be a variety in the dips as we can’t dip our delicious fries in the same recipe every time. There should be different dips to enjoy the scrumptious foods. So, here are some dip recipes for you that you can make at home to enjoy your snacking foods with your family. Follow the recipes below.

5 Quick Dips

From tomato sauce, mango dip to garlic chutney, in this video, you will get all 5 dip recipes with different ingredients. So, follow the recipes below and try them at your home.

If you have plans to prepare something special in your home, then here are the recipes of some party dips to give you tangy and spicy flavour with your favourite foods.

Mexican Dips

Almost all of us love Mexican foods. So, if you decide to prepare some Mexican dishes, then here are some Mexican dips for you to let you indulge in your crunchy snacks.

Curd dip is both healthy and tasty as curd improves digestion and takes care of our gut health. Take the recipe from the video below to make curd dip and enjoy your scrumptious foods.

Chilli Mayo Dip

When it comes to dips, mayonnaise would always be there. So, here is a super easy mayo dip recipe for you that takes only 5 minutes to get prepared.

Tangy and Spicy Dips

From peri peri hummus, pav bhaji salsa to creamy garlic dip, here are some easy dip recipes that will give you both the taste of Indian and Western cuisine. Check out the recipes.

Healthy Dips for Weight Loss

If you choose the right dip, then it can even help you in your weight loss program. So, here are 4 recipes of healthy dips that won’t give you any extra calories.


Football Parties? Try These Healthy Snack Recipes

Whether you tailgate at the football stadium or watch the game from home you can still enjoy healthier versions of these favorite fall appetizers. Don’t forget the fresh fruit and vegetable trays either. Many grocery stores have these trays prepped and ready to purchase if you are short on time!

Easy Snack Wraps

“So easy to make, these bite sized wraps filled with turkey, cream cheese and veggies are a great way to fill up an appetizer tray – and your hungry guests’ bellies.” This makes about 60 mini wraps.

  • 12 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 head lettuce
  • 1 (6 ounce) package sliced deli-style turkey
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 2 cups minced tomato
  1. Spread cream cheese evenly over the tortillas. Top the cream cheese with lettuce leaves. Arrange the turkey slices in even layers on top of the lettuce. Sprinkle the carrots and tomato over the turkey slices. Roll the tortillas into wraps. Cut the wraps diagonally into bite-sized pieces. Secure with toothpicks.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 65 calories 2.5 g fat 8.5 g carbohydrates 2.1 g protein 5 mg cholesterol 140 mg sodium.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2019 Allrecipes.com
Printed From Allrecipes.com 9/12/2019

White Bean Hummus

Serve with whole wheat pita wedges and fresh vegetables (sliced carrots, zucchini, celery, cherry tomatoes).

2 (15-ounce) cans white beans (Great Northern or cannellini), rinsed and drained

1/3 cup tahini (sesame paste)

3 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

In a food processor, combine beans, tahini, lemon juice, garlic and cumin. Puree until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon humus into a bowl and top with cilantro.

Makes 2 cups (serving size = 2 tablespoons)

Nutrition Info Per Serving

Calories: 92, Total Fat: 3 grams ,Total Carb: 13 gm, Protein: 5 gm,Sodium: 3 mg, Fiber: 5 gm

French Bread Pizza

Ingredients

1 8-ounce whole grain French baguette (about 12 inches long)
1 cup homemade or store bought Marinara sauce
2 cups lightly packed arugula leaves, coarsely chopped (about 2 ounces)
1 cup grated part-skim mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese (3/4 ounce)

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil.

Cut the bread in half length-wise, then cut each half crosswise into 4 pieces. Scoop out the soft center of the bread and discard.

Place the bread, scooped side up, onto the lined baking tray. Spread 2 tablespoons of sauce on each piece, then top with the arugula, then the mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Bake until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted and bubbling, about 12 minutes.

Per Serving:
Calories 250 Total Fat 11 g (Sat Fat 4.5 g, Mono Fat 4.1 g, Poly Fat 0.7 g) Protein 16 g Carb 23 g Fiber 4 g Sodium 540 mg

Have your creamy blue cheese sauce and eat it, too. Swap in buffalo cauliflower for the usual wings and with less calories and fat, you’ll be strutting your hot stuff (in more ways than one)!

Buffalo Cauliflower:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 cup hot sauce, such as Frank’s

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

8 cups cauliflower florets (from about 1 medium head)

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Microwave the butter in a small microwave-safe bowl on high until melted. Whisk in the hot sauce and lemon juice and set aside.
  3. Mix olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 cup water in a large bowl. Add the cauliflower and toss until well coated. Spread the cauliflower on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until beginning to brown and just tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Whisk the hot sauce mixture again, drizzle over the cauliflower and toss with tongs to coat. Roast the cauliflower until the sauce is bubbling and browned around the edges, 5 to 7 minutes more. Serve hot with the cheese sauce.

Copyright 2014 Television Food Network, G.P. All rights reserved.

Food Network Kitchen’s Healthy Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Sauce for Healthy Vegetable Side Dishes as seen on Food Network

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

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Light Blue Cheese Dressing

Per Serving: Calories 91,Total Fat 8 grams,Saturated Fat 2 grams,Sodium 297 milligrams,Carbohydrates 2 grams, Protein 3 grams

Ingredients

1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt or Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. Whisk the yogurt, milk, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and cayenne in a bowl until smooth. Gently stir in the blue cheese. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, and black pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate overnight to let the flavors develop.

Baked Potato Crisps

Vegetable oil cooking spray 1 large sweet potato (about ½ pound), peeled 2 to 3 red potatoes (about ½ pound), scrubbed with peel on 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon black pepper

By Kristine Napier, MPH –Tufts Nutrition Letter

Published November 17, 2018

Sliced red potatoes from Idaho tossed with sweet potato strips yield a dish that’s as pretty as it is great tasting. It’s also kid-pleasing!

Ingredients

Vegetable oil cooking spray
1 large sweet potato (about ½ pound), peeled
2 to 3 red potatoes (about ½ pound), scrubbed with peel on
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  3. Slice the potatoes very thinly (use a food processor if you have one).
  4. Place the potatoes in a bowl add the oil, salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
  5. Transfer the potatoes to a baking sheet. Spread them out in a single layer.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes turn the potatoes over. Bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are slightly crisp and golden brown.

Nutrition Nugget: Scrub the sweet potatoes and slice with the skin on. It’s edible and adds fiber.

Substitution: Substitute an equal weight of an Idaho or a Russet potato for the red ones scrub well and follow the recipe.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 160 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 590mg Total Carbohydrate: 23g Dietary Fiber: 2g Protein: 2g.

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This Healthy Dip By Celebrity Nutritionist Will See You Through Peak Hunger

Highlights

If you are a fan of hummus, by all means, go ahead and whip up some. However, if you are keen to branch out a bit, you'll find thousands of other dips out there, which you can pair with anything from veggies to flatbreads, tortilla chips to fries. Once you have blitzed or mashed something into a rough paste or puree, instead of spreading it out on a platter to serve as a dip, have you ever tried to make it a light meal on its own? Celebrity nutritionist Pooja Makhija offered a few tips on Instagram to make the perfect dip. Her tips surely would come in handy, especially at a time when you're barely allowed out of your home and have to mix things up with whatever is available in your pantry. Take a look at the full recipe:

In the short clip, Makhija is seen making Baba Ganoush - it's similar to hummus, but instead of chickpeas, grilled or roasted eggplant is used. She starts off by roasting an eggplant. She then places it in a container and covers it, allowing the steam to loosen the skin so that it can be peeled easily. Once peeled, she cuts the eggplant and smashes it into a smooth puree. Toi the puree, she adds finely chopped onion, garlic, lime, salt, pepper, and hung curd and mixes it. To the paste that's formed, she sprinkles a bit of sumac, adds jalapenos, and it's ready to be eaten.

Stating that she loves "simple, health dips which are the best way to sail through peak hunger times", Makhija tells her followers that they could "enjoy them with carrot cucumber sticks or healthy crackers or roasted pita bread", or "use as a sandwich spread". She ended her post by asking her followers for other ideas to use as dips. "Do tell me in the comments section, so I could try them too," read her caption.

Hummus is another popular Lebanese dip.

A few days ago, she had shared the recipe of a green gram hummus on her Instagram handle. Makhija's unique take on this Mediterranean staple was for those who were bored with the usual chickpeas and tahini hummus recipes.

Makhija had also shared the recipe of a vegan and sugar-free ice-cream. It was an easy recipe, and anyone can make it at home in a jiffy. To prepare the yummy goodness, she had used coconut milk, cashew, dates, vanilla extract, powdered peanut butter, coconut oil, and dark chocolate.


5 Healthy Dips To Power Up Your Veggies

Vegetables are part of a well-balanced diet, but they're not always a crowd favorite. Make healthy taste delicious with these guilt-free dips.

You've heard it so many times that it's practically drilled into your head: If you want to be healthy, you have to eat your veggies. From the green and leafy to the orange-and-red crunch, vegetables are packed with good stuff such as vitamins A and C, fiber, folate, and potassium. That said, they're not everybody's favorite, but slathering them in high-calorie sauces or tossing them in the fryer negates all nutritional benefits.

If you're looking for a way be healthy and please your taste buds, you've come to the right place. Whip up these five dips to get those vegetables in while pleasing your palate.

1. Mango Guacamole

Regular guacamole is more than a great way to transport tortilla chips from plate to palette. With avocado being the main ingredient, guacamole is a great way to load up on healthy fats and vitamin E. In fact, one cup of guacamole contains nearly 5 milligrams of vitamin E—close to one-third of the recommended daily amount.

So what's better than the classic green, nutrition-packed dip? A fruit-filled version! This recipe calls for the addition of a mango for an extra boost of vitamin C, probiotics, and fiber. Dunk in some celery, and you'll get a serving of both fruits and veggies at once.

2. High-Fiber Parmesan Dip

If you want to turn a light snack of vegetables into an energy-boosting way to fuel your day, this should be your go-to dip. Made with cannellini beans, it provides a good dose of dietary fiber and complex carbohydrates. And garlic may boost the immune system and improve heart health.

3. Delicious Dill Dip

This is the dip for anyone looking to up the protein content in their diet. In addition to being rich in muscle-building protein, it's packed with calcium to help make your midday snack more complete. This dip works with other herbs as well, so if you aren't a fan of dill, get creative and try something else.

4. Refreshing Cucumber Dip

Cucumbers are delicious all by themselves, but they also make a perfect addition to a great-tasting dip base. If you're looking for something light on your palette but big on taste, this dip is the way to go. It'll be one healthy snack you'll keep coming back for.

5. Spicy Mexican Dip

If you want to add a little heat to your dish, this dip will do the trick. With an added kick, this recipe elevates that ordinary jar of salsa to a new level, and the cream-cheese-and-yogurt base packs a much-needed protein punch. Only a few ingredients makes it fast and easy to whip up and keep on hand at all times.

About the Author

Shannon Clark

Shannon Clark is a freelance health and fitness writer located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


  • 4 tbsp low-fat cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp natural yogurt
  • 1 tbsp mango chutney
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • A pinch of curry powder

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The tomatoes, peppers, onion and fresh cilantro in traditional Mexican salsa provide vitamin C and a lot of flavor, especially hotter salsas heavy on the jalapeño peppers. Tomato salsa is also rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that may help protect cells from damage.

Making salsa at home is easy, but there are plenty of store-bought ones that also taste delicious and avoid unhealthy ingredients. (Read the nutrition label and avoid buying those containing a lot of sodium, sweeteners or chemical preservatives.)

The downside is that the usual way to enjoy salsa — as a dip for tortilla chips — means eating all the salt and fat in the chips. So much for a healthy snack. For a healthier option, consider making your own tortilla chips or choose baked chips instead of fried.

There are many creative ways to use salsa that take advantage of its flavor and versatility. So if you’re a fan, don’t limit your enjoyment to a huge basket of tortilla chips. Try these ideas for healthy things to eat with salsa.

10 more uses for this flavorful Mexican condiment

  1. With eggs. Top scrambled eggs or an omelet with a big dollop of salsa. Or spoon the eggs and salsa into a whole-wheat tortilla to roll up as a breakfast burrito. The whole-wheat tortilla adds fiber. Top deviled eggs with a bit of hot salsa for a spicy kick.
  2. For cooking meat in the slow cooker. Place a boneless pork roast or boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a slow cooker. Top with a generous amount of homemade or store-bought salsa (for a 4-pound pork roast, for example, pour in a large jar of store-bought salsa). Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours, depending on your slow cooker and how much meat you’re preparing. When it’s done, shred the meat with two forks, incorporating the salsa into the shredded meat. You now have a big batch of filling for tacos, burritos or any Mexican-themed casseroles. (Topping it with some chopped fresh cilantro is a nice touch.) Leftovers freeze easily, too.
  3. Substitute salsa for salad dressing. Green salads are lovely, low-calorie lunches and side dishes, but store-bought salad dressings can be high in salt, sugar and fat. (Again, read the nutrition label and watch serving sizes.) If you can’t stand the idea of a rather dry salad but want to cut out the calories from salad dressing, try a big scoop of salsa on your salad instead. It works especially well with salads containing beans (think black, red or pinto beans) or some chopped cooked chicken. The salsa adds some moisture and the punch of the jalapeño pepper to what might otherwise be a bland lunch.
  4. Top grilled fish with salsa. This works especially well with salmon combined with fruit-based salsa. Best to wrap the fish and salsa in a foil packet to avoid a big mess when turning the fish on the grill.
  5. Slather your hamburger with a salsa as fiery as you like. Those containing lots of garlic or smoked peppers are ideal for burgers.
  6. Stir salsa into grits. Throwing in a little shredded Mexican cheese is yummy, too. (Watch the amount of cheese if you’re limiting saturated fats.)
  7. Marinade. Mix some canola oil and/or freshly squeezed citrus juice into the salsa to thin it out, then use it as a marinade for your favorite meat.
  8. With shrimp cocktail. Skip the cocktail sauce dredge big tender shrimp through a cilantro-heavy salsa instead.
  9. Homemade chili. Add a jar of store-bought salsa to your chili to take it from good to great.
  10. On a baked potato. Give a boring potato some pizzazz by adding salsa, grilled peppers and onions and a sprinkle of cheese for a hearty and satisfying lunch or dinner.

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How to Make Really Good Veggie Dip:

Not only is it &ldquoReally Good,&rdquo but it&rsquos crazy easy to make, and you probably have most, if not all, of the ingredients in your pantry and fridge.

Just toss them into a bowl, mix them up, and your dip is ready! &ndash I do recommend refrigerating the dip for about two hours to rehydrate the herbs and let the flavors meld.

Now which vegetable will you dip first?

Looking for more delicious dip recipes? Try these:

Expect RAVE reviews about this recipe. I have no doubt that you, your friends, and your family are going to love this Really Good Veggie Dip as much as I do!


Beetroot and dill dip

Put 300g cooked, chopped beetroot, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp natural yogurt, 4 tbsp tahini and some seasoning in a food processor and whizz to smooth. Stir in a handful of chopped dill to serve.

Avocado herb dip

Put 1 bunch of chopped spring onions, juice of a lime, 4 tbsp soured cream, 1 peeled, stoned and chunked avocado and a handful each of coriander and chives in a food processor. Whizz until smooth and sprinkle with hot sauce to serve.

Artichoke dip

Put 2 jars of drained artichoke hearts, 1 crushed garlic clove in a food processor with 3 tbsp oil from the jar and a squeeze of lemon juice. Whizz until smooth. Stir in 3 tbsp grated parmesan, drizzle with more oil and sprinkle with smoked paprika to serve.

Greek feta dip

Whizz 200g block of crumbled feta, 6 tbsp natural yogurt, juice of 1 lemon, and a pinch of cayenne in a food processor. Sprinkle over dried red chilli flakes to serve.

Moroccan pepper dip

Put 4 drained roasted red peppers from a jar, ½ crushed garlic clove, 50g toasted walnut halves, 2 tbsp harissa, 2 tbsp olive oil and the juice of a lemon in a food processor. Whizz until smooth.

Easy aïoli

Want to make a silky, garlicky aïoli with all of the flavour but none of the faff? Try this super-simple version – we like it served with chips for dunking.

Blue cheese dip

This punchy homemade dip is crying out for some potato wedges or chicken wings for dipping. A great one for nibbles when you have friends over.

Classic hummus

This velvety chickpea dip makes a great addition to a Middle Eastern or Mediterranean mezze feast. Plus, making your own hummus is easier than you’d think…

Cucumber raita

This gently spiced raita is a speedy dip that looks fancy. Serve it with warm pittas for a great nibble or ideal starter. It’s also a perfect, cooling condiment for spicy dishes.

Beetroot, yogurt and lime dip

This vibrant, tangy, five-ingredient dip is ideal served with slices of grilled halloumi. Definitely one for your next BBQ.

Picnic dip jars with pea guacamole

Not only are these snacks packed with flavour, but they’re so pretty they could even act as table decorations. Simple and quick to prepare, the dip jars will become a family favourite in no time.

Green goddess and red devil dips

These green goddess and red devil dips are a great way to make your picnic more interesting and they’re great as a snack with drinks.

Charred chilli salsa

This salsa (made with both red and scotch bonnet chillies) goes great with grilled meat, making it the perfect accompaniment for a BBQ. Check out more of our BBQ recipes for inspiration.

Hemp oil pesto

Try our hemp oil pesto for a classic twist on the Italian basil pesto recipe to make a really fresh dip.

Harissa honey dip

This sweet and spicy dip from Persian cooking guru Sabrina Ghayour is a great idea for a middle-Eastern dinner party spread to serve with crunchy fish fritters.

Queso fundido

Layers of melting cheese and spicy chorizo make up this seriously OTT hot Mexican dip. Be prepared to fight over this one.

Blue cheese dip for buffalo wings

The best blue cheese dip recipe! This recipe for buffalo wings with blue cheese dip comes from Randy’s Wing Bar and they are addictive. To make an authentic buffalo wing you should use Frank’s® RedHot Sauce.

Cucumber with soured cream and dill

Our refreshing dip would go really well with some homemade flatbread. Salting the cucumber gets rid of a lot of the liquid and makes it really crunchy!

Korean dipping sauce for pancakes

We love this Korean dipping sauce, made with Asian ingredients to give courgette fritters a Korean-style makeover. This zingy dip is easy for a dinner-party starter. Make it a Korean-themed banquet with our Korean recipes.

Crab and chilli dip

We have paired our crab and chilli dip with salt-crusted Jersey Royals. These make a great starter or snack to serve with drinks. They are salty as you’d expect, so don’t cut any of the potato up as they will absorb more salt.

Dukkah goat’s cheese with homemade flatbread

Dukkah (which means to pound) is a dry dip originating in Egypt where bread is dipped into olive oil before the dip so it sticks. It’s also great for sprinkling on steamed or roast veg to make them more interesting.

Charred romesco sauce

We have created a vegan charred romesco sauce to dip tender spring onions into, a great vegan alternative for the BBQ.


Recipes for a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

A heart-healthy lifestyle starts with healthy food choices. Eating a variety of foods rich in nutrients like potassium, calcium, magnesium, fiber, and protein and lower in sodium and saturated fat can help keep your blood pressure low and protect against heart disease and stroke.

Eating heart-healthy doesn&rsquot have to be boring or bland. In fact, it can be easy and delicious! Spring is the perfect season to load up on more fruits and vegetables. Keep your meals fresh and flavorful with these inspired, heart-healthy dishes for every occasion. Recipes with an asterisk are low sodium, which means they have 140 mg of sodium or less per serving.

Try these affordable, delicious recipes and helpful healthy eating resources from our partners at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the American Heart Association (AHA).