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My Favorite Top 5 Healthy-ish Party Dip Recipes

Updated on October 1, 2014
Fancy Chips & Dip Serving Bowl
Fancy Chips & Dip Serving Bowl | Source

Your Guests Will Never Know Your Snacks Are Healthier!

Are you looking for party dip recipes that taste so good that nobody will ever guess that it's a healthier version? If so, you've come to the right place!

You may be wondering, what does "healthy-ish" mean? By "healthy-ish," I mean HEALTHIER than the original. Also, by "healthy-ish" I mean that these recipes are low in calories, fat, and cholesterol. However, if you are watching your sodium, sugar, or carbohydrate intake, some of these recipes may not be deemed "healthy" by you.

So many of us dread attending parties as much as we enjoy them because of the havoc yummy party food can wreak on our diets and figures. I have compiled a list of my Top 5 Favorite Party Dip Recipes that taste AMAZING, yet are easy on the waistline to solve the party dilemma so many of us face.

Enjoy!

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Spinach & Artichoke Dip
Spinach & Artichoke Dip | Source

1. Healthier Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Have you ever had Applebee's Spinach & Artichoke Dip? If so, you'll know as well as I do that it is DELICIOUS and one of my favorite appetizers to order. However, when I looked at the nutritional info, I almost fell over.

My fiancé and I usually share the appetizer at Applebee's. Between the two of us, we eat the whole thing!.. So, dividing the appetizer in half, Applebee's Spinach & Artichoke Dip contains 750 calories and 50 grams of fat...WOW.

So, that being said, this recipe for Healthier Spinach & Artichoke Dip is by no means completely healthy, however, it is much MORE healthy than the original. I recommend serving Baked Tostitos Scoops with it to keep this treat healthy as well. This recipe tastes AMAZING and the lower fat dairies don't take away from the taste at all. (See below for Nutrition Facts)

I tried this recipe out for a Girl's Weekend and got rave reviews! Instead of baking, it was much more convenient to put it in a mini crock pot, which worked just as well!

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 35 min
  • Ready in: 50 min
  • Yields: 20

Ingredients

  • 1 box frozen chopped spinach--defrosted
  • 1 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts packed in water (not oil)
  • 8 oz reduced fat cream cheese--softened
  • 1 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 8 oz low fat sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons reduced fat Kraft mayonnaise with olive oil (not fat free)
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Start by letting the cream cheese sit out until it becomes room temperature. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Drain the can of artichoke hearts, rinse, and mince them into small slivers. Set aside and let them dry.
  3. Defrost the frozen spinach and squeeze all excess liquid out.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, mozzarella cheese, pepper, and garlic. Add the spinach and minced artichoke hearts. Mix well until ingredients are fully combined.
  5. Choose an 8 inch baking dish or 9 inch round glass baking dish and spray with cooking spray. Pour the mixture into the baking dish and bake until mixture is hot and bubbling, about 30-35 minutes. (Putting the dip in a crock pot on low for a party when it will not be eaten right away works great as well as a substitute for baking.)
  6. Then, serve with Tostitos Baked Scoops.
Cast your vote for Healthier Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Nutrition Facts

When divided into 20 servings, each serving has:

88 calories, 6g of fat, and 18mg of cholesterol.

(Add 16 Baked Tostitos Scoops for an additional 120 calories, 3g of fat, and 0mg of cholesterol.)

16-Ounce "Little Dipper" Mini Crock Pot - Works Great for Serving Spinach & Artichoke Dip!

Crock-Pot 16-Ounce Little Dipper, Chrome
Crock-Pot 16-Ounce Little Dipper, Chrome

This Little Dipper was specifically designed for keeping dips at serving temperature. This wonderful contraption will keep your dip the perfect temperature for 3-4 hours, while your guests dig in. You no longer have to worry about reheating your dip periodically throughout your party, leaving you more time to have fun! This is honestly my favorite hosting accessory and I would recommend it to anyone.

 
Low Calorie Chili Cheese Dip
Low Calorie Chili Cheese Dip | Source

2. Easy Low Calorie Chili Cheese Dip

Looking for a quick, easy, healthy appetizer to throw together for your next party? This recipe will not disappoint.

Whenever I am in a time crunch, I turn to this Chili Cheese Dip recipe because not only is it YUMMY, it is low in calories and fat, and super easy to make. My friends and family all love it and can't believe I didn't spend hours in the kitchen for it's creation.

If you have leftovers, no problem, it can be refrigerated and reheated. Believe me, its just as good the second time as it is the first!

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 5 min
  • Ready in: 10 min
  • Yields: 10

Ingredients

  • 1 - 15oz Can of Hormel Turkey Chili with Beans
  • 1 - 10.75oz Can of Campbell's Healthy Request Cheddar Cheese Soup
  • (Optional) A Palm Full of Chopped Green Onions or Jalapenos

Instructions

  1. Choose a microwave safe, medium sized bowl.
  2. Pour the can of Hormel Turkey Chili with Beans in the bowl, then add the can of Campbell's Healthy Request Cheddar Cheese Soup. Stir until contents are will mixed.
  3. Microwave the chili-cheese mixture for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and stir. Repeat this process until the temperature is hot enough for your liking. (Be sure to cover the bowl with a napkin or paper towel to avoid splatters.)
  4. Place the mixture in a serving bowl and if you so choose, sprinkle a palm full of chopped green onions or jalapenos on the top.
  5. Serve with Baked Tostitos Scoops and most importantly, DIG IN!

Nutrition Facts

When divided into 10 servings, each serving has:

51 calories, 1g of fat, and 8mg of cholesterol.

(Add 16 Baked Tostitos Scoops for an additional 120 calories, 3g of fat, and 0mg of cholesterol.)

Bacon Cheese Dip
Bacon Cheese Dip | Source

3. No Guilt Ranch Bacon Cheese Dip

Are you searching for a crowd pleasing, yummy, yet health conscious recipe for your next gathering? Look no further! This Ranch Bacon Cheese Dip is guaranteed to get oodles of compliments!

If you are someone who enjoys a salty treat, this treat is for you. Depending on your preferences, you can modify the saltiness of the recipe by changing up the amount of Bac-Os you add. That's one of the nice things about this recipe for Ranch Bacon Cheese Dip. You can play with the ingredients until it is perfectly to your liking!

I make this recipe every year for Christmas, by request. It's the perfect appetizer to set out and let your guests munch away. I prefer to serve it with Baked Ruffles Potato Chips, but pita chips, bagel pieces, or crackers would also be great.

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 35 min
  • Yields: 25

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Reduced Fat Sour Cream
  • 1 - 4.10oz Bottle of Betty Crocker Bac-Os
  • 3 Cups Reduced Fat Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Packet Hidden Valley Ranch Dips Mix

Instructions

  1. Start with a medium sized mixing bowl or a medium sized plastic container that has a cover if you will be transporting this recipe.
  2. Add the sour cream and packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Dips Mix and stir until powder is dissolved.
  3. Set aside 3/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. Mix in the remaining 2 1/4 cups of cheese with the dip mixture.
  4. Pour half of the bottle of Bac-Os into the dip mixture and stir until all ingredients are well combined. (If you would like this dip to be less salty, you can cut back on the amount of Bac-Os you add)
  5. At this point, if you are mixing your ingredients in a mixing bowl, you will want to transfer the mixture into a serving bowl. Smooth the top with a spoon to create a flat surface. Then simply take a napkin and wipe the inside sides of the container just above the dip to create a clean look.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining Bac-Os on the top. (You don't have to use the entire rest of the bottle, just so that the surface is covered.
  7. Next, sprinkle the remaining shredded cheese on top as well.
  8. Refrigerate for a half hour, then serve! YUM! (It is OK to refrigerate this dip for longer, however, it will be come thicker, which sometimes can cause chips to break while dipping.)
  9. I like to serve my Ranch Bacon Cheese Dip with Baked Ruffles Potato Chips, but you can use chunks of bread or crackers, as well.

Nutrition Facts

When divided into 25 servings, each serving has:

95 calories, 7g of fat, and 20mg of cholesterol.

(Add 9 Baked Ruffles Potato Chips for an additional 120 calories, 3g of fat, and 0mg of cholesterol.)

Healthy Peanut Butter Dip
Healthy Peanut Butter Dip | Source

4. Peanut Butter Fruit Dip

Are you trying to create a healthy summertime snack that both kids and adults will rave over? Look no further! You MUST try this delicious recipe!

This recipe for Peanut Butter Fruit Dip is both healthy and refreshing on a hot day. The other great thing about this recipe is that it is versatile. You can choose to serve it with fresh fruit, celery, pretzels or crackers.

I have made this tasty snack on a few occasions and it has gone over really well!

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Ready in: 10 min
  • Yields: 15

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Yoplait Light Very Vanilla Fat Free Yogurt
  • 1/2 Cup Reduced Fat Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Fat Free Whipped Topping
  • 1/8 Tsp of Ground Cinnammon

Instructions

  1. Choose a medium sized mixing bowl.
  2. Combine all ingredients in the mixing bowl, except for the whipped cream. Mix well.
  3. Fold in the the whipped cream.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the serving dish of your choice, cover, and refrigerate until it's time to serve.
  5. Serve with fresh fruit or celery. (Pretzels and crackers are also good if you have no fruit or celery to hand.)

Nutrition Facts

When divided into 15 servings, each serving has:

64 calories, 3.5g of fat, and 0.5mg of cholesterol.

(Don't forget, adding fruit, celery, crackers, or pretzels will increase calories, fat, and cholesterol, so choose wisely!)

Daisy Serving Dish - Works Great for Serving Peanut Butter Fruit Dip!

BIA Cordon Bleu White Daisy with Yellow Dip Bowl
BIA Cordon Bleu White Daisy with Yellow Dip Bowl

This Daisy Dip Serving Dish works PERFECTLY for the Peanut Butter Fruit Dip recipe. The different daisy petals allow you to serve a variety of fruit or even fruit, pretzels, and crackers! Not only is this serving dish functional, it's adorable as well!

 
Guacamole
Guacamole | Source

5. Easy & Health Conscious Guacamole

Are you in search of a tasty, festive appetizer to serve at your next shindig? Homemade Guacamole is a quick and easy way to create a delicious snack for your guests. Up until recently, I never realized how easy it is to make guacamole! Had I known, I would have been making it for years!

Not only is this guacamole recipe tasty, recent research shows that avocados are great for your health. Even though avocados possess fat, studies show that the type of fat found in avocados can improve your body's metabolic system.

My favorite way to serve guacamole is with Baked Tostitos Scoops, so that I'm not adding a ton of calories and fat and cancelling out the healthiness of the recipe. However, any type of tortilla chip or pita chip goes great with this guacamole.

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 45 min
  • Yields: 10

Ingredients

  • 3 Haas Avocados
  • 1 Packet of McCormick Guacamole Seasoning Mix
  • 1 Medium Roma Tomato
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Onions
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

Instructions

  1. Select a medium sized mixing bowl.
  2. Slice the Avocados in half. You will hit the seed in the middle, but just slice around it. The avocado should break in half.
  3. Scoop the fruit of the avocados out into the bowl.
  4. Use a fork or potato masher to smash the avocados until you have a somewhat smooth consistency. Some chunks are fine.
  5. Pour in the packet of McCormick Guacamole Seasoning and stir mixture with a fork until the powder is dissolved.
  6. Dice the Roma tomato and chop up about a 1/2 cup of green onions.
  7. Add to the mixture and stir until well combined.
  8. Add 1 Tbsp of lemon juice and mix again.
  9. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  10. After Guacamole has chilled, transfer it to your serving dish, serve with your favorite tortilla chips, and MUNCH away!

Nutrition Facts

When divided into 10 servings, each serving has:

110 calories, 8g of fat, and 0mg of cholesterol.

(Add 16 Baked Tostitos Scoops for an additional 120 calories, 3g of fat, and 0mg of cholesterol.)

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      Kerry Voronoff 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Some of these look delicious. I will definitely give the spinach artichoke one a try.

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      JimHofman 4 years ago

      These recipes all sound delicious! I like your "healthy-ish" versions!

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      sybil watson 4 years ago

      Yum! I love the spinach/artichoke dip and I'll definitely have to try your healthier version. I also really enjoyed the chip and dip servers - I had no idea there was a mini crock pot for dips or the server with the warmer in the center. you've given me some great ideas!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Wow...you're my 500th Blessing! :) Love these recipes and definitely saving in my recipes folder.

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      Healthy-ish... I love it! What a great way to describe the pleasant middle ground between junk food and food that's sacrificed flavor for health. For savory stuff, especially our grilled veggies, we've taken to just using really good olive oil as a healthy, albeit calorie-rich, "dip". I'm eager to try your peanut butter dip for fruit!

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      MillBucks 5 years ago

      Hello, thank you so much for featuring my Avocado Health Benefits! Nice to be included among your great recipes.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      I liked you label of "healthy-ish". Ha ha ha. Nice lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great recipes. I'm anxious to try some of them.