Everyone loves a good pretzel and dip! They're common spreads at dinner parties and tailgating festivities, but the downside is that they aren’t the healthiest. Pretzels are the ultimate carb queen and most dips contain a lot of salt and fat. Here are few healthy pretzel and dip recipes that you will leave you guilt-free.
Creamy Basil Parsley Dip: It’s smooth, it’s green and it’s a great dip for the summer. This lightweight dip will satisfy you during the hot summer months with a creamy concoction that will take over your taste buds. This dip uses soaked cashews as its base rather than fatty sour cream, so you'll have to plan ahead a bit when making this, but the nutrition benefits are well worth the wait! Check out the recipe here from Gourmande in the Kitchen.
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Avocado Pesto Dip: Avocados are delicious in general; they are considered the good kind of fat and they make you feel fuller longer. If you're looking for a healthy excuse to eat avocados, you're in luck. This dip is great for any season, so enjoy! Click here for the recipe.
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Healthy White Bean Pesto Dip: Just looking at this dip probably makes you think that this is a total conversation starter. If you bring this to an office party, just be ready for people to flock to you. The white beans are responsible for the creamy texture. A lot of dips have a tons of fat in them, but this one doesn’t, so eat as much as you want and sit back guilt-free. Click here for the full recipe.
Vegan Soft Baked Pretzels: Vegan pretzels? Who would have known there was such a thing? More and more people are going vegan these days, whether for health reasons or dietary restrictions. If you've made the switch to veganism, this recipe will satisfy your pretzel craving. Take one bite and fall in love with this extremely soft pretzel. Check out the recipe!
Kale and Artichoke Dip: These two foods combined into one dip makes for a dream team. While kale contains vitamin C, artichoke is good for the liver. Together, they make a creamy and colorful dip that you will enjoy. Click here for full recipe.
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Healthy Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Cinnamon-Sugar Soft Pretzels: Yes, the title is correct. These are sugar free, low-carb AND gluten-free. You don’t hear about healthy pretzels all the time — it’s a rarity. Plus, this pretzel is high in protein thanks to organic soy flour. Click here for the recipe!
Soft Salted Pretzel: There's nothing like a soft pretzel to satisfy your hunger, but what if we told you that this pretzel is healthy? Well, it is! It only has 0.8 grams of fat. Yes, it’s hard to believe. Most pretzels have three times the fat of this one. The sugar content is pretty low as well — only five grams. Check out the full recipe here.