Eating healthy? You don’t need to skip the chips and dip if you choose these healthier options.
It’s no surprise that chips and dip are among America’s favorite snack and party foods. But if you’re watching your salt, carbs and fat intake, these foods can be a diet disaster.
The good news is that you don’t need to completely eliminate chips and dips from a healthy diet plan. Just choose these healthier options – and of course, eat in moderation.
A one ounce serving of regular corn tortilla chips – only 7 to 10 chips – contains 140 calories and 7 grams of fat. The amount of sodium per serving can vary widely from a low of 50 milligrams to as much as 290 milligrams.
Here are some healthier options:
- Choose high-fiber chips – Fiber improves GI regularity and lowers your risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Buy tortilla chips made from wheat bran, whole wheat, black beans, steel cut oats or flaxseed, which have 2 to 3 grams of fiber per serving.
- Select low-sodium varieties – The American Diabetes Association recommends that you limit sodium intake to 2,300 grams per day to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and lower your blood pressure. A one ounce serving of tortilla chips should contain about 90 to 120 milligrams of sodium.
- Be wary of baked and reduced-fat products – These options often contain more salt and carbs than regular chips to improve their taste. Look for options that limit carbs to 18 grams per ounce.
- Dip with veggies – Skip the tortilla chips and reach for heart-healthy fresh veggies like cauliflower, carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes and bell peppers to keep calories, salt and carbs in check. Crunchy veggies still allow you to enjoy your favorite dips and are easy-to-eat finger foods.
What you put on your chip can make as much a difference in calorie count, sodium and fat as the type of chip you eat.
Consider these dip choices:
- Salsa – When it comes to dips, salsa is usually your healthiest option. Most varieties have only 10 calories and less than 2 to 3 grams of carbs per serving.
- Guacamole – Made from avocado, guacamole contains healthy fats, as well as vitamins and minerals. However, the calories in this creamy spread can add up quickly. A quarter cup of guacamole contains about 90 calories and over 8 grams of fat.
- Bean dips – Although beans are a good source of fiber, the nutrition and calorie stats can vary widely. Many jarred varieties are loaded with sodium, so it’s best to make your own.
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Date Last Reviewed: December 7, 2018
Editorial Review: Andrea Cohen, Editorial Director, Baldwin Publishing, Inc. Contact Editor
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