Get a Grip on your Dip.

It's not really a party until the dip shows up! Good with veggies, fruit, and pita bread, the sheer variety of dips makes them an easy crowd-pleaser. If you've got a party coming up and want to get crazy with the dip but also want to keep calories and fat down, here are fun and easy dip recipes you should try.


 Chunky Salsa Dip

  1. Cut tomatoes into halves and remove the stem. 

  2. Add diced onion, garlic and serrano chile in the jar of a food processor or in the chopping bowl of a blender.

  3. Add diced tomato and cilantro.

  4. Add ground cumin, a pinch of sugar, and salt. 

  5. Process them until medium chunky texture. 

  6. Tomato salsa is ready.




Serve with hearty crackers or slices of French bread and we promise nobody will know this is the healthy cousin to dip that’s usually loaded with sodium, fat, and calories.


Avocado-Yogurt Dip with Cumin

  1. 3/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt

  2. 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion

  3. 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  4. 1 tablespoon finely chopped seeded jalapeño pepper

  5. 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  6. 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt

  8. 3 ripe peeled avocados, seeded and coarsely chopped

  9. 1 garlic clove, minced

  10. Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender, and process until smooth.


You can prepare this all-purpose dip up to a day ahead. Serve with cauliflower and broccoli florets, carrot and celery sticks, and bell pepper strips.




Creamy Garlic-Herb Dip

  1. 1/2 cup (4 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese

  2. 1/4 cup buttermilk

  3. 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives

  4. 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

  5. 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind

  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt

  7. 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  8. 1 small garlic clove, minced

  9. Preparation

  10. Combine all ingredients in a bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed for 2 minutes or until smooth.



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