healthy_eatingThat’s right, dip is not a dirty word here at Lose Baby Weight.
When you are making your own healthy dips at home, there is no need for it to be off the menu when you are trying to lose weight.
The trouble with so many of the dips from the supermarket is the ‘extras’ that they put in there to change the taste (cream, mayonnaise, sugar, salt) or last longer on the shelf (additives, preservative).
When you make them at home, you can just throw a load of fresh ingredients into the food processor and then tuck in, knowing you are eating healthy wholesome (and delicious) food.
Simply steer away from the crackers or biscuits and head towards carrot or celery sticks, steamed broccoli or cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber or even some sliced apple is great too.
You can also use it as a healthy spread on a sandwich or wrap for lunch instead of mayo or butter.
Dip can be a healthy snack so why not try one of our 3 simple home made dips today?

  • Avocado and Corn Salsa
  • Minty Beetroot Hummus
  • Spinach and Ricotta Dip
Spinach and Ricotta Dip
  • 1 small red onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 400g low fat ricotta
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan over med/high heat. Cook the garlic and onion for 2 minutes.
  • Add the spinach and cook for 1 minute.
  • Once cooled, drain any excess liquid from the spinach mixture.
  • Place the mixture into a food processor or blender with the ricotta, Parmesan and yoghurt. Season to taste and then blend until smooth.

Serves: 4. Calories per serve: 125

Minty Beetroot Hummus
  • 400g tin of beetroot, drained
  • 400g tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp tahini or natural peanut butter
  • Juice of ¼ lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup mint leaves
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Serves: 4. Calories per serve: 199

Avocado and Corn Salsa
  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled, seeds removed
  • 1 tin of corn, drained
  • ½ small red onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • ¼ cup fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • Juice of ½ a lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine.

Serves: 4. Calories per serve: 199
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