You've heard it so many times that it's practically drilled into your head: If you want to be healthy, you have to eat your veggies. From the green and leafy to the orange-and-red crunch, vegetables are packed with good stuff such as vitamins A and C, fiber, folate, and potassium. That said, they're not everybody's favorite, but slathering them in high-calorie sauces or tossing them in the fryer negates all nutritional benefits.
If you're looking for a way be healthy and please your taste buds, you've come to the right place. Whip up these five dips to get those vegetables in while pleasing your palate.
1. Mango Guacamole
Regular guacamole is more than a great way to transport tortilla chips from plate to palette. With avocado being the main ingredient, guacamole is a great way to load up on healthy fats and vitamin E. In fact, one cup of guacamole contains nearly 5 milligrams of vitamin E—close to one-third of the recommended daily amount.
So what's better than the classic green, nutrition-packed dip? A fruit-filled version! This recipe calls for the addition of a mango for an extra boost of vitamin C, probiotics, and fiber. Dunk in some celery, and you'll get a serving of both fruits and veggies at once.
2. High-Fiber Parmesan Dip
If you want to turn a light snack of vegetables into an energy-boosting way to fuel your day, this should be your go-to dip. Made with cannellini beans, it provides a good dose of dietary fiber and complex carbohydrates. And garlic may boost the immune system and improve heart health.
3. Delicious Dill Dip
This is the dip for anyone looking to up the protein content in their diet. In addition to being rich in muscle-building protein, it's packed with calcium to help make your midday snack more complete. This dip works with other herbs as well, so if you aren't a fan of dill, get creative and try something else.
4. Refreshing Cucumber Dip
Cucumbers are delicious all by themselves, but they also make a perfect addition to a great-tasting dip base. If you're looking for something light on your palette but big on taste, this dip is the way to go. It'll be one healthy snack you'll keep coming back for.
5. Spicy Mexican Dip
If you want to add a little heat to your dish, this dip will do the trick. With an added kick, this recipe elevates that ordinary jar of salsa to a new level, and the cream-cheese-and-yogurt base packs a much-needed protein punch. Only a few ingredients makes it fast and easy to whip up and keep on hand at all times.