By Isadora Baum
A party dip can come in handy for any gathering, and it’s even just useful for at-home meal prep in the week, since you can pair it with your favorite snacks or stuff it into sandwiches for a flavor boost. Avoid the store-bought dips that are high in unhealthy fats, sugar, and sodium, and make something you feel good about from scratch.
These creamy dips have an extra secret. They’re creamy and dairy free. Think zesty vegan queso or a smooth and creamy vegan hummus. We’re just getting started, here are 7 great options to try.
This queso is made with nutritional yeast to give it some protein, B vitamins and that cheesy texture for a vegan queso. It will taste just like cheese, but it won’t irritate your stomach. You can pair with some healthy tortilla chips or veggie crudite, and be sure to make up a big batch for game night.
This ginger and turmeric hummus has that spicy, savory kick you crave and antioxidants to better your heart and to lower inflammation. Plus, it packs in a punch of protein and fiber from the chickpeas, with 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber per serving. You can pair with veggie sticks or beef or chicken kebabs.
Made without dairy or eggs, this vegan dip is still creamy in texture from the cashews, and it has 5 grams of protein per serving from the cashews, spinach, and nutritional yeast. The artichokes also contain a good dose of fiber, where the dip offers 2 grams per serving. Plus, it is paleo, so it’s free of sugar and grains.
This dip is free of dairy, and it is made with white beans for plant-based protein. The sun-dried tomatoes provide a dose of lycopene, an antioxidant to improve skin and heart health, and some fiber. Add in lemon for a bit of zest to round it out, and make sure to serve it chilled with some drizzled olive oil. That will make it taste better.
This beet hummus is beautiful (hello, it is pink), so it’s the perfect springtime dip with a pop of color. And it’s good for you, as beets are high in fiber and antioxidants to lower inflammation and even aid in muscle recovery post-workout. Plus, there’s zero oil or dairy, and it is done in 10 minutes. Use walnuts for nutty texture and heart-healthy omega-3 fats.
This pumpkin hummus is free of dairy and should be enjoyed year round, not just in fall. The pumpkin puree itself is creamy, and it offers beta-carotene, an antioxidant that benefits your heart, skin, and nails. Plus, you can top with actual pumpkin seeds for some crunch and extra nutrition, like fiber and protein. A tip for fluffy hummus? Peel the skin off the chickpeas first.
A chocolate dip comes in handy for when you have a sweet tooth but don’t want to overdo it on dessert. This black bean brownie dip is a great option for getting that sugar fix in without wrecking your blood sugar levels. It uses sugar-free chocolate and it has black beans for fiber and protein. So, it’s sweet but also filling and satiating. Pair with fruit, like berries.
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