Love it, Like it, Hate it: Ready-Made DIPS!

Dips of all kinds are an easy answer for any summertime party, tailgate, or just having friends over - but our choice of dip can make it or break it, nutritionally speaking.  Today we’re Getting the Skinny on the best & worst of some of the most popular on shelves.





Guacamole + DIY Creamy Dips made with GREEK yogurt 

  • Rich in protein and/or healthy plant-based fats, these dips pack in a nutritional punch + can be made with little or no added salt or sugar


  • It’s the lowest calorie dip around – but sodium content varies widely. Fortunately, DIY pico de gallo or fresh salsa is also incredibly easy to make






  • Chickpeas & olive oil; main drawback is typically the sodium, and the fact that most hummus has more fat than carbs, and more carbs than protein.


Greek Yogurt Dip (Pre-Made)

  • Typically more carbs, more thickeners and stabilizers added. Still a decent option compared to other creamy dips





Store-bought Ranch, Dill, French Onion Creamy Dips

  • First few ingredients typically include cheap, bulking ingredients like oil, corn starch and sugar


Store-bought Spinach & Artichoke Dips

  • Typically contain more salt, sugar and corn syrup than actual spinach or artichokes


Store-bought Queso – e.g. Tostitos Salsa Con Queso

  • The jarred stuff is made with milk, cheese and oil, plus artificial colors Yellow 5 & Yellow 6






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