By Alan L. Rubin, Cait James

What’s a good dip without something to dip into it? Rather than ruining all your hard work of choosing healthy dips by dipping fried chips into them, the following alternatives offer more diabetic-friendly options to keep you moving in the right direction:

  • Bagel chips: Look for these chips in the specialty bread section of your grocery store, but read the label because some are high in fat and sodium. You also can make your own by slicing off slivers of a bagel and then baking them until they’re crisp.

  • Fresh veggies: Choose broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, carrot sticks, celery sticks, zucchini slices, red pepper spears, endive scoops, or any of your favorites. Any veggie can be a dip delivery system.

  • Pita wedges: Make your own by quartering pitas and then baking them until they’re crisp.

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  • Whole-wheat crackers: Kashi makes a line called TLC, Tasty Little Crackers, made with whole-grain flour from seven different grains. Ry-Krisp is a filling and tasty choice as well.

  • Yucca chips: This root vegetable has great health benefits. Check out the following recipe.

Yucca Chips

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

1⁄8 teaspoon salt

1⁄8 teaspoon pepper

2 large yucca, peeled and cut into wedges

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Nonstick cooking spray

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. In a small bowl, combine the salt and pepper. In a large bowl, coat the yucca wedges with the olive oil and then toss them with the salt and pepper.

  3. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and arrange the wedges on the sheet. Bake about 45 minutes, or until the yucca wedges are cooked through and lightly browned.

Per serving: Kcalories 386 (From Fat 66); Fat 7g (Saturated 1g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 101mg; Carbohydrate 78g (Dietary Fiber 4g); Protein 3g.