Wednesday, April 8, 2015

5 Healthy Alternatives to RANCH Veggie Dip

I've been there. You go to a party and there is a veggie tray --- your one saving grace (usually) for your healthy lifestyle. But the only option to dip those carrot sticks is a fat filled ranch dressing. Sound familiar?

I absolutely love veggies, but I also love my ranch dressing --- NOT the light stuff either! It has to be Hidden Valley, buttermilk!

Throughout my clean eating journey, I have come up with some other alternatives to Ranch to not only dip my veggies in, but sometime have a fantastic alternative to a  salad dressing.

Here are my Top 5 Dips for Veggies.

1. Avocado and Balsamic Vinegar
Avocado is a staple in our house. When you mash it in with a little balsamic vinegar, it makes a GREAT dip! I absolutely love it with red peppers --- or any veggie, really!

2. Hummus
I absolutely love hummus and it is available practically everywhere! There are lots of great flavors and it not only makes a delicious dip, but I love it on wraps and sandwiches too.

3. Plain Greek Yogurt and Salsa
When you mix these two together, oh it is delicious!! The yogurt gives the salsa some thickness so that it sticks on your veggies. I also love this on a taco salad. It is the perfect alternative to a dressing.

4. Avocado and Boiled Eggs
Avocado makes an appearance again on this list because I just love it so much! Try mashing together some avocado and a hard boiled egg. It is delicious, protein packed, and works amazing with veggies or is a great alternative to a healthy egg salad sandwich.

5. Buffalo Dip
Mix together plain Greek yogurt and some hot sauce (I like Frank's Red Hot). If it's too spicy for you, add in a LITTLE bit of a ranch seasoning packet. this is amazing to dip celery in (or any veggie!) To add in some extra protein, some shredded chicken makes this fantastic.

So there you have it FIVE healthy alternatives to Ranch dressing. Liven up your veggie trays at your next potluck or spice up your salad without the calories.

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