3 Healthy Dip Alternatives

 

3 Healthy Dip Alternatives

 

It’s that time of year when lighter fare is calling your name: salads, sandwiches, and crudite platters galore! Around this time of year my family can be found outdoors almost every day so packing light salads and sandwiches to go are a MUST. 

But don’t be fooled by those creamy dips and dressings that go along with those foods- not only will they add tons of calories and unhealthy fats but they will also leave you dragging at the end of a long day outdoors. 

That’s why I’m sharing the dips that have saved my family meals and picnics and have always made guests beg me for my recipes (and literally have toddlers jumping for joy!). I’m also going to share a few fresh ways to use them- and I’m not even going to make you beg!

 

A fresh take on Guacamole:

3 healthy dip alternatives - guacamole

This time of year (Cinco de Mayo anyone) I am going through avocado’s like I own a Chipotle. Although high in fats, avocado have that great heart healthy fat and can be good for you in moderation. I make a little go a long way by mixing equal part smashed avocado with 0% Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt or Skyr. I’m a HUGE fan of Siggi’s because the texture is oh so smooth and can’t be beat.

I add a squeeze of lime juice, a sprinkling of salt and pepper, and a healthy sprinkling of red pepper flakes (or any herbs I have lying around the house).

I love to have these with my taco’s, on my cold cut sandwiches instead of using mayo, and mixed in with some warm potatoes, grainy mustard, and some of the water from boiling the potatoes, for the lightest take on potato salad that will make everyone at your grill beg you for your recipe. You can share- I won’t mind!

3 healthy dip alternatives

 

Instead of store bought salsa:

3 healthy dip alternatives - salsa

I love me some salsa and chips and in a pinch it’s actually not a terrible snack alternative with some baked sweet potato or blue chips. But have you looked at the nutritional info on salsa lately? The sodium content is crazy and will for sure leave you bloated. Skip the store bought stuff and instead grab some roma tomatoes, white onions, jalapeño’s, and lime juice.

Dice it small, mix it together with a pinch of salt and let sit for about an hour before draining and serving. You Guys!!! I don’t just use these for chips and dip or for my taco nights! I add these to my burgers, to my black bean soup, and on top of my grilled chicken to add a little extra zest to any meal.

Here I topped them on some mini black bean cakes for some color and flavor. Minimize the jalapeño’s if your kids are averse to spicy foods (or add some poblano peppers for the peppery flavor and texture).

 

Instead of a Mayo based dip:

 

3 healthy dip alternatives

I love mayo. There. I said it. I won’t deny it. I love it spread on sandwiches and I especially love it in some of my favorite dips (I’m talking about you garlic aioli). But I just cannot stomach it in the summer (thankfully) and have recently become OBSESSED with dipping my fries in…. tzatziki sauce! I put that stuff on everything and dip everything in it.

For your BBQ you’ve instantly turned it up a notch by adding a bowl of it to the DIY area. Include it with a bowl of feta, chopped kalamata olives and thinly sliced red onions and your previously basic BBQ just became a greek feast. (Make the burgers out of a mix of ground beef and lamb and you get extra brownie points. OPA!)

Serve it with your crudite platter and you’ll be the perfect host who always makes the most simple but amazing decisions. A proper Tzatziki should include chopped dill and the grated cucumber which has been drained overnight, but in a pinch I’ve been known to combine a half a freshly grated cucumber with a 1/2 cup of greek yogurt, a pinch of salt, garlic powder, and a pinch of freshly chopped dill to some amazing results.

It also travels well if you want to pack it to go with some chopped veggies for a day trip. 

So that’s it- go forth and eat guilt free foods this BBQ season!

-Christine (make sure to follow Christine on Instagram HERE)

 

Positivity and Support

 
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Positivity and Support

As mom's we need to life each other up instead of bringing each other down. When I first became a mom I got put into this groups on Facebook for mom's. I thought it was such a great idea at first, until I realized how toxic those groups were. I just kept such negative things and comments on posts. 

And over the Easter holiday, I saw it all happening again even when I wasn't in those groups. Mom's saying negative thing about another's parenting.

Getting mad over what another mom put in their kids Easter basket. Why is that okay? It shouldn't be. It's a hard job being a mom or dad. And to get criticized about some little thing doesn't help. 

For me, I have a hard time thinking I'm doing a good job sometimes with how I'm raising my little human. Every child is going to be raised different.

Not every family is the same. We're all raising little humans, we need that support and positivity. We're all doing a great job. I'm so happy I got out of those mom groups because they made me feel terrible as a mom. 

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-Bri (make sure to follow Bri on Instagram HERE)

 

 

The Zoo and Zoodles

 
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The Zoo and Zoodles

What kid doesn't love the zoo?! It's my little ones' favorite outing. We go at least once a week; even though leaving the house is always pure craziness. I pack a week's worth of food and drinks in my purse because someone always needs something. Then I tackle the kids to get them dressed... and the shoes... oh putting on shoes! Why does that have to take 15 minutes?!

Once we are at zoo and it's all worth it. We made it out of the house! Hooray!! I love seeing my babies so excited looking at the animals as if it's all new every time. But what's not new? The stinkin' exhaustion! Is it just me or is the zoo a workout?

First there are a million hills to push the double stroller up. Then one kids wants to ride on my shoulders while I hold the other one... we ditch the stroller cause no one wants to ride in it. Next are the sprints, racing after my daughter as she darts into a crowd. Oh and the gift shop... why must every kid-place have a dang gift shop at the exit!!?

My son wants everything and my daughter runs around like a tornado throwing every toy on the floor. I try to keep up as I squat and retrieve all of the stuffed hippos, plastic frogs and monkey backpacks. It's tiring just thinking about it. But I promise, it is worth it! Ha. We really do have fun.

So after a long zoo day, this mama needs zoodles! Seriously! I don't have the energy to prep and cook a gourmet meal... so I turn to my favorite quick, healthy, gourmet-enough zoodle dish. All it takes is a zucchini, some marinara and whatever else you want to toss in. 

To make the zoodles - there are a couple options. You can get a fancy spiralizer which I have and love. Or you can get the simple... and less expensive... hand-held Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer (I also have this).

For zucchini noodles, I typically use the veggetti. It's fast and less clean up. I do love my spiralizer, though, for sweet potatoe noodles, apple chips, French fries, etc. Either way, I use one zucchini per person.

Once they're spun into zoodles, simply steam or take the total slacker route (my favorite) and just pour the sauce on and microwave for 1-2 minutes. You can eat it just like that with a little mozzarella ... and dinner is served in under 5 minutes. 

For me, I like a little more oomph - protein. I usually brown some ground beef to pile on or slice up an all-natural chicken sausage to sauté. Both options only take 5-12 extra minutes. 

So mama, you've earned it! Take a night off from slaving in the kitchen. Ditch the elaborate Peppercorn Encrusted Filet Mignon with Balsamic Reduction ... and do the zoodle. That sounds down right fancy pants to me!

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- Elyse (make sure to follow Elyse on Instagram HERE)