6 Healthy Side Dishes
Ever wondered if you could feast on dollops of those delicious spreads without gaining extra pounds of weight? Well here’s an idea – eat healthy and stay fit as you relish on scrumptious side dishes, without compromising on the slurp factor. If you are looking for healthy dishes or spreads that make a great combination with your meals, then here are a few of them. Not only do these satisfy your taste-buds but also keep a check on the fat elements.
1. Peanut Butter
Fondly known as the dieter’s best friend, peanut butter offers a combination of fiber (0.07 oz) and protein (0.3 oz) per serving. This fortunate combination keeps you feeling full for a longer period of time. Hence, you eat lesser! With magnesium for bone-building and potassium for the muscles in each serving, peanut butter makes a power packed combo with your toasts and munchies. Other than containing Vitamin B6 and antioxidant Vitamin E in every serving, peanut butter is also known to reduce risks of heart diseases and diabetes as well. Use it in your sauces, lunches or eat it straight off the spoon, and relish on a healthy and filling meal.
2. Ricotta Dip
Ricotta is a softer and smoother version of cottage cheese. Containing just 2 percent fat, ricotta can be a sinful substitute for other fatty spreads and dips. Ricotta creates a smooth and tangy magic when blended with a few cloves of garlic, pepper, salt, lemon zest and cilantro leaves. A nice full spoon of ricotta on a scone or toast, topped with a dollop of jam or honey can take you to an unexplored delicious world, keeping the levels of fats and calories right where they need to be. Let the Ricotta cilantro dip give company to a few nachos, to have a splendid teatime snack with your diet-conscious girl gang.
Replace your daily full fat breakfast bread spread with the highly nutritious low fat hummus, and gain the benefit of staying in shape. With chickpeas, garlic, tahini, salt and lemon juice being its ingredients, Hummus is a Middle Eastern staple for snacks. The content of protein, fiber, unsaturated fat, complex carbs and iron in hummus is considerably high, making it ample and rich in nutrition. Also, with a low saturated fat benefit i.e. 0.1 oz in every serving, this gives you the freedom to indulge in its smooth consistency as much as you wish to. Dip in generously into the hummus with pita chips, crackers or vegetables and start your day with a healthy punch. Hummus is a great side dish to any meal and can also be had with your lunch and dinner.