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Dips and "Chips"
The hummus and pita combo can be a healthier alternative to traditional chips and dip.
The hummus and pita combo can be a healthier alternative to traditional chips and dip.
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A bag of chips can be a tempting and convenient grab, but the calorie and sodium content of these snacks can easily add up to staggering amounts with every handful. Just 12 cheese-flavored tortilla chips will add 140 calories and 7 grams of fat to your daily total, and the same amount of barbeque potato chips, which has 150 calories and 10 grams of fat, is about as bad. For this reason, it may be best to skip the chips entirely and replace them with whole-wheat pita rounds, each of which has as few as 80 calories and 1 gram of fat. A fun way to serve these is to toast and cut them into small triangles. Raw veggies, including carrots, broccoli and cauliflower, also make a great crunchy chip alternative. For healthier dips, choose hummus, salsa or black bean varieties over queso, refried beans, or creamy, fatty dressings such as ranch.


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