No need to compromise:
Nutritious AND Delicious!
I don’t know why it surprises me so much when I go to holiday parties and there aren’t any healthy choices within the food assortment—-and I don’t mean dried up baby carrots next to a dip that’s made mostly of mayonnaise and/or sour cream.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good holiday party—-and I love good food—-I just know that it’s possible to have it all—-Friends, Food, Fun—-and good health too!! This is why I teach healthy cooking workshops, why I am a health coach, and why I share healthy recipes on this blog. To offer healthy solutions that are easy to incorporate into your life. So, while there are still many parties to go to this season, let me offer up something that is both nutritious and delicious for you!
I make this dip—-or a version of it—-quite often. Using pureed beans in place of mayo or sour cream in a dip is brilliant. Not only will you get the creamy consistency without all of the unhealthy fat and calories, you’ll be adding in nutrition at the same time!!
Beans offer many health benefits. They are low on the glycemic index (the rating that measures how foods affect blood sugar levels), and high in antioxidants. Cannellini beans can be helpful for losing weight because they are low in calories and fat and high in protein and fiber. Additionally, beans provide steady energy for hours after their consumption, making them a great choice any time of day! Cannellini beans, in particular are not only good for preventing and fighting off disease, but they are packed with enzymes that help keep skin supple and youthful. Cannellini beans deliver an abundant supply of copper and plant-based healthy protein—which are among the best nutrients for fighting wrinkles.
Cannellini beans aren’t just good for you, they’re tasty too! Cannellini beans are a good choice for salads, stews and soups because they hold their shape well. I like to use them in dips because they have a buttery texture, yet a neutral flavor so they’re ready to absorb the tastes you want. Garlic and fresh herbs are a fantastic way to add an abundance of flavor without relying on so much oil/sugar/salt that is usually found in most dips. Sautéing the garlic will bring out the flavor and cut the bitterness, as long as you’re carful not to burn it! I love the combination of dill and mint added to parsley in this recipe.
Using a cucumber as a vessel to hold dip is one of my favorite ways to provide some finger food at a party. It’s super simple, and super fun—-which is the goal of the party anyhow—-and I like fun as much as anyone!