Holiday Dip Recipes

We all know that holidays are a time where we dread packing on the extra pounds because of all the temptations with rich foods around us. I find that when it comes to preparing for cocktail parties or casual get togethers, people tend to gravitate to the same old cheeses, or that typical spinach/mayo dip that we have all seen a million times. It is easy to “dip” into the same old habits, when in fact there are so many ways to munch and snack with healthier choices that actually taste amazing

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!

Olive Tapenade

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.

Easy Guacamole

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!

Frances Michaelson

A pioneer in the fitness industry, Frances opened the first personal training center in the West Island of Montreal in 2001. In 2008 , Frances had the “gut feeling“ that there was more to learn about health and how our bodies function, which led to further her education in the field of Naturopathy and holistic nutrition. She has since authored two books. Her latest book, "Do you Have the Guts to be Healthy" was published in March 2021. As a trainer and naturopath, she truly loves seeing people transform themselves by trusting their bodies instead of getting caught up in the medical system. Practicing health is the only way to live the gift of life well!

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