For snack time, party time, or any time, dipping sauces are a must-have condiment. Put these 12 healthy dipping sauces on your recipes-to-try list.
It seems easy to grab the dips and sauces on grocery store shelves. But they’re not often the best choice, even when the products are labeled “low-fat.” Many are loaded with added sodium or refined sugar. Store-bought dips and sauces may also contain chemical preservatives, additives, and colorings.
Clean eating recipes are healthier choice when you’re choosing dipping sauces. Clean eating is a way of life that focuses on consuming foods that have been non- or minimally processed. For example, clean eating is snacking on a fresh apple instead of packaged applesauce that may contain added sugar and preservatives. Learn more in 7 Simple Steps to Clean Eating.
Many of the recipes we’re sharing are simpler than you might suspect. For instance, our own ranch dip recipe below has just three ingredients, taking the hassle out of serving healthy dipping sauces. As always, remember to look at portion sizes for these and any clean-eating recipe. Learning to stick to proper portions will help you keep your weight in check.
1. SkinnyMs. Ranch Dip
With its Greek yogurt base, this delish dip offers protein as well as the probiotics that help keep digestion in order.
2. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Red pepper makes this hummus recipe a flavorful way to enjoy a heart-healthy snack.
3. Skinny Nutella Spread
Nut spread isn’t just for sandwiches and toast—discover how good this healthier version tastes when you enjoy it with whole grain pretzels.
4. Avocado Dip
Natural ingredients make this a no-brainer when you want healthy dipping sauces. This dip includes avocados, plain Greek yogurt, and other clean-eating ingredients.
5. Vegan Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Ditch the extra calories and preservatives with this tofu-based dip that’s perfect for snacking, even if you’re not a vegan.
6. Sweet Potato Hummus
The combination of nutty and sweet makes this a yummy way to snack your tummy happy.
Tangy and spicy, healthy dipping sauces like this one are made with creamy, nutritious Greek-style yogurt.
9. Caramel Sauce
Sometimes you need a sweet something for those whole grain pretzels or apple slices—this healthier version of homemade caramel hits the spot.
10. Tzatziki Yogurt Sauce
Like many of our healthy dipping sauces, this one incorporates probiotic-rich Greek yogurt as well as plenty of clean-eating ingredients you’ll feel good about serving.
11. Spicy Dipping Sauce
With Thai sweet chili sauce and lime juice, this tasty dip is perfect for celeriac fries (recipe in the above link) or oven fries.
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