While it’s usually the easiest thing to bring to a party—it’s not always the healthiest. But Lee Health outreach dietitian Aikaterina Galeos says, there are ways to make dips and dressings a little healthier. “The first thing is, don’t buy them at the supermarket, and if you do buy them from the supermarket, just be mindful of the sodium content, sugar content, and all of the artificial ingredients you’re going to get.”
Whether you’re making a dip or a dressing, Galeos says, you only need a few ingredients. “There are three components to dressing. You have a fat, so we’re using olive oil. You have something that’s like a citrus, so lemon or lime, that’s going to give it that zing. Then you have herbs, like garlic or parsley. So as long as you have those three components in a dressing it will taste good,” she said.
The same is true if you’re making a homemade dip. “One of my favorite dips is the cashew queso, and that is just a cheese dip, or a cheese-like dip, made out of cashews. You can definitely indulge and not feel guilty,” Galeos said. Instead of cheese—which is high in saturated fat, she uses cashews which are a healthy fat and protein —combined that with nutritional yeast, peppers, garlic, and water. “So you’re getting a lower sodium product, and you’re also getting a lower fat or saturated fat product,” she explained.
Making them at home gives you full control of the ingredients—turning this once unhealthy side dish into a tasty and healthy alternative.