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Eat to Slim: Skinny Dips for Your Holiday Weekend BBQ

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Memorial Day weekend is just a few days away (who’s ready for a long weekend?). Kick summer off on the right sandal-sportin’ foot by snacking smart. We rounded up three bikini-friendly recipes to dip into without the guilt—or bloat. The secret ingredient? Avocado, which research has linked to lower BMI and waist circumference, among a laundry list of other health benefits. Um, win! And forget the greasy munchie pairings. Late July Organics' new SubLime will rock your socks off.

Blue Cheese Avocado Dip Calories: 240 Serves: 6

Ingredients 4 ripe avocados 1 garlic clove, minced 4 scallions 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 cup Stonyfield Organic Greek Plain Nonfat Yogurt (or their Fat Free Plain works, too!) ½ cup blue cheese (crumbled) Peel, seed and coarsely mash avocados. Chop the green part of the scallions. Combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Nutrition Info: 420 calories, 26g total fat, 65mg cholesterol, 890mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 3g sugar, 25g protein

Wholly Guacamole Chicken Salad Calories: 340 Serves: 4

Ingredients 2 tablespoons canola oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 chicken breasts 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin 2 limes, juiced (and zest from one) 1/4 teaspoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon chili powder 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced 1/4 cup yellow bell pepper, diced 1/4 cup red onion, diced 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, roughly chopped 1 cup Wholly Guacamole dip Mix oil, salt, black pepper, cumin, sugar, chili powder, lime zest and juice of 1 1/2 limes. Combine with chicken to marinate for 20 to 30 minutes. Grill chicken on each side for 2 minutes. Finish cooking in 400°F oven for 8 minutes and allow chicken to rest for 5 minutes before dicing. Once cool, fold chicken in with bell peppers, onion, cilantro, Wholly Guacamole dip, the rest of the lime juiced and the remaining salt. Nutrition Info: 340 calories, 17g total fat, 90mg cholesterol, 570mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 2g sugar, 35g protein

Avocado Dip Calories: 110 Serves: 4  

Ingredients ½ tub Nasoya® Silken or Lite Silken Tofu 1 ripe avocado 1 teaspoon lemon juice ¼ teaspoon salt 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped 1 tablespoon onion, chopped In a blender, blend the tofu, avocado, lemon juice, garlic, salt and cilantro until smooth. Place mixture in bowl and stir in onions. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve chilled.  Nutrition Info: 110 calories, 9g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 4g protein

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