Healthy Dips and Spreads

Fresh produce takes center stage in these better-for-you dips and spreads from Food Network Kitchen.

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Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Healthy Dips for Guilt-Free Snacking

These bright and colorful, boldly flavored creations prove that you don't need fat- and calorie-laden ingredients like sour cream and cream cheese to create a satisfying dip. Instead, these recipes boast more nutritious bases, like carrots, beets, tofu, beans and lentils — plus herbs and spices for added flavor. Serve them alongside guilt-free crunchy accoutrements like veggie spears and baked pita chips, and watch how fast they disappear.

Jerk-Spiced Carrot Dip

Jerk seasoning breathes new life into potassium-rich carrots when they're doused with the spice and roasted until sweet and tender. The addition of coconut milk tempers the heat and also makes the dip ultra-creamy. Serve this with warm flatbread and a fun tropical drink to transport yourself to a sunny island.

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Kale Pesto and White Bean Dip

This rich vegan dip is packed with healthful ingredients. It even includes nutritional yeast, a great dairy-free alternative to cheese if you're looking to reduce or eliminate dairy in a recipe.

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Roasted Beet and Lentil Dip

This brightly hued dip is packed with fiber, thanks to both red beets and lentils. Canned lentils can be found in most grocery stores and are a great alternative to the ever-popular chickpea. Just make sure to drain them well and give them a good rinse to eliminate extra sodium before using them.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Beet and Lentil Dip

Lightened-Up Guacamole

This lighter version of guacamole is extra-creamy because of the addition of protein-dense silken tofu. Not only does it make a super-smooth puree, but it also reduces the fat and calories in the overall recipe.

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Spicy Succotash Dip

Succotash gets a makeover in this light and airy dip made of pureed lima beans and roasted red peppers topped with fresh corn and tomatoes. No matter the season, the flavors of this creamy treat will remind you of summer.

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Edamame and Miso Dip

This creamy, protein-packed dip gets deep umami flavor from miso, a fermented soybean paste. Miso comes in different varieties with slightly different flavor profiles, so choose the one that appeals to you most: white (sweeter and mild), yellow (rich and earthy) or red (nutty and hearty). Serve this dip as a fun, slightly exotic alternative to hummus.

Get the Recipe: Edamame and Miso Dip