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Grocery Store Grabs: Spreads and Healthy Dips for Weight Loss

dips and spreads

Capes are to superheroes as dips and spreads are to food: They transform something everyday into something extraordinary.

There’s no denying that almost everything tastes better paired with a dip or spread. Unfortunately, due to the addition of cheap oils and other fatty ingredients, the majority of containers are filled with far too many calories. Thankfully, you don’t have to forgo your favorite dips and spreads in the name of weight loss. So long as you stick to the right varieties, you can dig in without the guilt. Next time you head to the grocery store, look for our favorite flat-belly picks:

Newman’s Own Mild Salsa

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Newman’s Own Mild Salsa, 2 Tbsp

Calories

10

Fat

0 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Sodium

65 mg

Carbs

3 g

Fiber

<1 g

Sugar

1 g

Protein

0 g

Newman’s Own Mild Salsa

We balked when Ronald Reagan tried to turn ketchup into a vegetable, but if someone did the same for salsa, a legitimate nutritional superpower, we’d throw our support behind it. This jar is filled with diced tomatoes, chili peppers, bell peppers, onions, vinegar and spices, making it a nutritional winner. Pair them with some nutritionally sound chips for a healthy snack that’s ready in a snap.

Wholly Guacamole Guaca Salsa

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Wholly Guacamole Guaca Salsa, 2 Tbsp.

Calories

35

Fat

3 g

Saturated Fat

3 g

Sodium

110 mg

Carbs

2 g

Fiber

1 g

Sugar

1 g

Protein

0 g

Wholly Guacamole Guaca Salsa

Belly-fat incinerating avocados are the first of only seven ingredients you’ll find in this creamy guac—all of which you likely keep stocked in your kitchen. Spread it on toast and top with a sliced hard-boiled eggs, pepper and paprika, or enjoy it with your go-to healthy chips.

Desert Pepper Black Bean Dip Spicy

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Desert Pepper Black Bean Dip Spicy, 2 Tbsp.

Calories

25

Fat

0 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Sodium

240 mg

Carbs

5 g

Fiber

2 g

Desert Pepper Black Bean Dip Spicy

Skip the chemical-filled junk you typically enjoy with your chips and throw a jar of Desert Pepper into your shopping cart. The dip is filled with nutritional A-listers like black beans, tomatoes, bell peppers, chipotles and jalapeño (a veggie that can rev metabolism) making it one of our favorite add-ons to burritos, tacos, omelets and more.

Alessi Appetizer Sicilian Caponata Eggplant

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Alessi Appetizer Sicilian Caponata Eggplant, 2 Tbsp.

Calories

38

Fat

3.3 g

Saturated Fat

0.4 g

Sodium

118 mg

Carbs

1.5 g

Fiber

1.75 g

Sugar

1.25 g

Protein

0.5 g

Alessi Appetizer Sicilian Caponata Eggplant

This dip, made with potent Mediterranean produce like eggplants, capers and tomatoes, is perfect for dressing up chicken or fish or spreading on a pita. We’re fans of this particular brand because it’s free of soybean oil—a plant-based cooking fat that’s been linked to weight gain in animals—unlike its competition.

Mina Harissa Spicy Harissa

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Mina Harissa Spicy Harissa, 2 Tbsp

Calories

20

Fat

1 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Sodium

160 mg

Carbs

2 g

Fiber

1 g

Protein

0 g

Mina Harissa Spicy Harissa

This spread uses red bell pepper, hot chili peppers, garlic, olive oil and spices to get its signature spicy, smoky flavor. It’s a staple of North African cuisine and makes a great addition to chicken wings and scrambled eggs. A little bit goes a long way, and the ingredients pack some serious health benefits. Capsaicin, the compound that gives the chili peppers its powerful kick, has been shown to suppress appetite and boost metabolism, making these piquant peppers one of the top weight loss foods.

Stonewall Kitchen Basil Pesto

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Stonewall Kitchen Basil Pesto, 2 Tbsp

Calories

110

Fat

11 g

Saturated Fat

2 g

Sodium

150 mg

Carbs

2 g

FIber

1 g

Protein

2 g

Stonewall Kitchen Basil Pesto

Pesto adds pizazz to pasta, zucchini noodles, sandwiches and more. We’re fans of this lower-cal variety because it’s free of questionable additives. All you’ll find in this jar are natural ingredients like basil, olive oil, cheese, walnuts, pine nuts, lemon juice and spices. It doesn’t get more “clean” than that.


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