Dress up a fruit plate or add a complimenting flavor with a healthy dip. Numerous dips use chocolate or sugary ingredients, which negates the purpose of eating something healthy. Fortunately, there are numerous healthy dip recipes that will make any fruit seem like a decadent dessert.
Cheesy Fruit Dips
There is a good reason why many cheese plates have fruit slices. Fruit and cheese seem like a match made in heaven, but you don't have to use a high-fat cheese. Mix up a bowl of banana dip; in a blender, add two bananas, 1 cup of low-fat sour cream, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. lemon juice and 2 tbsp. honey. Blend and refrigerate for one hour. Another great recipe can be made with ricotta cheese. Mix in a food processor 2/3 cups of ricotta cheese, 2 tbsp. orange juice, 4 tbsp. of Stevia and 1 cup of non-sugar vanilla yogurt. Mix and refrigerate for an hour. Cottage cheese is traditionally paired with fruit. Mix up 1 cup of low-fat cottage cheese, 2 tbsp. natural peanut butter, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and 2 tbsp. skim milk. Be sure that it has a very smooth consistently before you serve.
Come up with different flavor combinations with exotic fruit pairings. Make a lemony fruit dip by bringing one egg to a boil, along with 2 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice, 1 tbsp. lemon zest, 1 tsp. lime juice, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, 1/4 cup water, 1 1/2 cornstarch and 1 tbsp. sugar. Allow the liquid to boil for two minutes. Take it off the stove and chill in a refrigerator. Prior to serving, fold in 1 1/2 cups of reduced-fat whipped cream topping like Cool Whip. For cranberry and orange dip, mix 1/2 cup of cranberry and orange relish, 8 oz. of light sour cream, 1 tbsp. honey and 1/4 tsp. of minced ginger. Refrigerate for a hour.
Fruit Dressing Dips
Poppy seed dressing is one of the most popular accouterments to fruit salad. Mix up 3/ 4 cup sugar or honey, 1 tsp. dry mustard, 1 tsp. salt, 1/3 cup wine vinegar, 1 cup canola oil, 1 tbsp. lemon zest and 1 tsp. poppy seed. This dressing can be served right away after preparing.Technically speaking, avocados and tomatoes are fruit. The most antioxidant-packed dip for an avocado is salsa. To make salsa, mix up 1/4 cup of olive oil, 3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar, 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard, 1 tsp. minced garlic and 1 tsp. Tabasco sauce. Pour over freshly-sliced tomatoes that have been generously seasoned with salt and pepper.