Three Healthy Dips

Need a healthy dip to go with your favorite chips? Skip the store-bought stuff and whip up one of these three simple, better-for-you options instead.

  1. Easy Guacamole
    • 2 avocados
    • 1 medium red onion, minced
    • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
    • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice Salt and pepper, to taste

    TO MAKE:

    1. Cut avocados in half, remove pit, and scoop from peel. Place avocado into a mixing bowl, and mash to desired consistency.
    2. Stir in onion, tomatoes, garlic, and cilantro.
    3. Add lime juice, salt, and pepper.
    4. Place plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the guac (this slows browning), and refrigerate until ready to eat.
  2. Spinach & Artichoke Dip
    • 1 tbsp butter
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 10 oz package thawed, chopped frozen spinach
    • 1 14 oz can artichoke hearts, chopped
    • 1 cup fat-free cream cheese
    • 1 cup fat-free plain yogurt
    • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • Salt and pepper, to taste

    TO MAKE:

    1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in garlic, spinach, and artichoke hearts. Cook until tender, about five minutes.
    2. Mix in cream cheese and yogurt. Add Parmesan, salt, and pepper. Cook until thickened, stirring occasionally, about 10 to 15 minutes.
    3. Add lime juice, salt, and pepper.
  3. Black Bean Dip
    • 4 cups canned black beans
    • 1 cup tomatoes, chopped
    • 1/2 cup onions, chopped
    • 2 cups fat-free plain yogurt
    • 3 tbsp cumin
    • 2 tsp chili powder Salt

    TO MAKE:

    1. Add all ingredients to food processor or blender. Pulse until mixed to desired consistency.
    2. Transfer to serving bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Let chill for 1 to 2 hours before serving.