Did you know that store bought dips can be healthy and help make your meals or snacks more satisfying? Despite what diet culture says, they aren’t “fattening”. There are numerous benefits to adding dips to meals or snacks.
- They often provide is a source of fat- which helps make the food more filling and gives it more staying power.
- It also helps with mental satisfaction- helps you enjoy the meal or snack more which in turn helps you eat a more moderate amount.
- Also, when it comes to fruit or veggies, dips can motivate us to eat more produce which in turn provides our body with a ton of nutrients! Fat paired with plant foods also helps us with vitamin absorption- an added bonus!
- If you have kiddos- healthy dips can be a fun way to encourage them to eat.
Concerned about ready-made items not being “healthy”? That could be diet culture scaring us into feeling like we have to avoid anything convenient. However, buying store bought items, such as dips, can absolutely be a part of a healthy balanced diet. And can help us stick to diet changes we make for the long-term. Here are some of my favorite dips to use!
Marzetti’s Ranch Dip (or any flavor of this brand)
If you like a thicker dip that coats the food you are dipping- this is the dip for you. It is found in the produce section of most grocery stores. It makes an easy dip to throw with carrots, bell peppers, or broccoli. You could even use it as a dressing for a wrap or sandwich.
Any kind of store bought guacamole is a good dip option! Guac is of course great with tortilla chips, but is also great as a spread on a sandwich! Or make lazy avocado toast with it! Avocadoes are a great source of healthy fats too- extra bonus!
It goes without saying, salsa (like guacamole) is an excellent dip for tortilla chips! Its an easy way to get tomatoes into your diet which are an antioxidant powerhouse. Alternate your guacamole and salsa with each bite and it makes for one satisfying snack!
Hummus now comes in so many flavors there is something for everyone! Its a great introduction to chickpeas and is very tasty on Triscuits, Wheat Thins, pita chips, or pretzels! And for the sweets lovers- they even have chocolate hummus now! This is great to dip strawberries in or spread on a banana. You could also spread the chocolate hummus on a waffle or pancake and top with raspberries!
If you aren’t much of a bean fan, maybe a blended bean dip might be a great option for you to get this healthy vegetable into your diet. It pairs great with crackers or tortilla chips and is packed with fiber! Serve it alongside your salsa and guac for a variety of flavors!
Peanut sauce is an excellent dip for chicken or tofu kabobs, or even cooked vegetables! It adds such great flavor to your food and peanut butter is a source of healthy fats as well. You can find store- bought peanut sauce in the Asian food section of your grocery store. Or, its super simple to make on your own. I love this recipe from Real Mom Nutrition: https://www.realmomnutrition.com/easy-peanut-sauce/
If you are looking for a sweeter addition to a meal or snack, flavored Greek yogurts are a great way to go! Maybe you don’t typically like the taste of Greek yogurt, but using it as a dip might be more appealing to you. Get different fruits such as apple slices, grapes, or pear slices to dip in the flavor of your choice. Vanilla goes with everything of course! Or, find fun pairings such as apple slices in a caramel apple flavored yogurt! The bonus of Greek yogurt is the higher protein content so it will be more filling.
If you find your meals and snacks have gotten boring lately, pick a few new store bought dips to add to your rotation! Its amazing what a different flavor or texture will do to help us enjoy our food again.
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