Skinny Dipping; A Few Healthy Dip Ideas

Do you find yourself sitting in front of vegetables wondering just what to do with them? I mean your personal trainer tells you that you should be eating many more vegetables than you are but you just don’t know how you’re going to get all those veggies in your tummy. What to do?

Well raw vegetables don’t have to be so bad. You can make them taste better quite easily with a little dip.

Now when most people think of dip, they think of the creams and the store bought packaged dip that has things on the label that you cannot even pronounce. As a personal trainer I discourage packaged goods for my clients, as there are many ingredients that may affect the body’s ability to lose fat.

So, if you can make it at home, go for it. Your body will thank you for it. Three easy dips to make are hummus, guacamole and salsa. Hummus and guacamole work quite well with raw vegetables like red bell peppers, which are high in vitamin C, broccoli, carrots and celery. Salsa can be added to your baked chicken or salmon giving a little extra excitement to the taste buds.

Hummus is made using chickpeas which can be high in calories so eat in moderation. However it is high in fiber and a good source of protein. Add in the mixture of garlic, lemon and cayenne and you’ve got a great metabolism booster. Try using sundried tomatoes or spinach for additional flavor and healthy benefits

Guacamole has a foundation of avocado which is high in fat, however the fats are monounsaturated which are a healthy fat. For those looking for a low fat diet, guacamole may not be the best answer, but mix the avocado with a pinch of cayenne, lemon, tomatoes and onions and you’ve got a solid mixture of quality foods guaranteed to contribute positively to your fat loss goals.

Finally, Salsa is really what you make of it. For me salsa is dear to my heart as not only do I love it as a dip, but I also dance Salsa. The word itself literally means mixture as the music just like the dip is a mixture of various foods which create a beautiful medley, a symphony or flavor for your senses.  The key with Salsa is to be creative and experiment. There are loads of ways to make Salsa come alive. Tomatoes, onions, shallots, cilantro are just a few items to consider. Blueberries, pineapple and apples add entirely new dimensions to Salsa.

For more ideas, have a look in our recipe section for loads of different ideas from our contributing members, personal trainers and health and fitness coaches.

That’s the skinny so get dipping.

Feel free to leave your comments, questions or your own personal input in the comments section below.

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By Rich Thurman, B.Sc., MA, CSCS, CPT

Health & Performance Coach

Active Lifestyle Co. Ltd

With a degree in Physiology from UCLA and a Masters Degree in Sports & Fitness Management, Rich combines his knowledge of rehabilitation and sports performance as well as nutritional studies to provide a complete and holistic approach to training clients. The focus is on lifestyle change which creates long term health.

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About Rich Thurman III B.Sc, MA, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Rich has a Bachelors of Science in Physiological Science from UCLA and a Masters of Sports Management from USF. He is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, (NSCA) as a Personal Trainer (CPT) and Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is primary author of The Fitness Library and writes for various other publications, including the San Francisco Police Officer's Association. Rich is the founder of Xodus Fitness, which offers Fitness Consulting & Personal Training, Urban Body Transformation Bootcamps, Corporate Wellness. Rich also conducts Workshops and an annual lecture at the San Francisco State University Kinesiology Department. Please feel free to contact through any of the links below to inquire about professional services or opportunities.

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