I love dips. They are so much fun, easy to prepare, and can be extremely nutritious. Here are my favorites that are a hit every time!
Besides being a delicious spread or dip, olives are extremely healthy and are a good source of calcium, iron, copper, and vitamin e. I always recommend going for organic olives if possible.
1/2 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
3 tablespoons chopped basil
1 clove garlic chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
sea salt and pepper to taste
12 olives pitted
Blend all the ingredients except the olives together until the mixture is creamy. Add the pitted olives and blend until you can only see small pieces of olives.
Sunflower Seed Hummus
Sunflower seeds are rich in healthy fats and are a good source of zinc and selenium.
2 cups sunflower seeds, soaked for 2 hours
1/2 cup water
Juice of one lemon
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup olive or sesame oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons tahini
Mix all the ingredients together in a blender. Adjust the consistency by adding more or less oil and water.
Avocados are a great source of healthy fat and loaded with potassium …more than bananas!!
2 ripe avocados
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 teaspoon cumin powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
1 teaspoon herbal salt
Simply combine all the ingredients until smooth. For variety, you can always add some chopped tomatoes, minced garlic, and a bit of onion.
Serve your dips with a combination of raw veggies and your favorite crackers. Remember to choose the crackers with the least ingredients in their label and please avoid all hydrogenated oils.
Wishing you all a healthy, happy, and enjoyable holiday season!