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The 11 Best Dips and Spreads You Can Get at the Supermarket

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August 20, 2018

Self Magazine

Dip into these products.

Spreads, dips, and sauces may not get top billing when it comes to what we eat, but they’re just as important as staples like whole grains and dairy. Things like hummus, pasta sauce, and salad dressing are the important finishing touches that complete our meals, which would be way, way less exciting without them. It’s not just that they add flavor, though. They also pack in nutrients that help round out what we eat, providing us with much-needed proteins, fiber, or fats to keep us feeling satisfied (looking at you, hummus and peanut butter.)

Of all the newest dips, spreads, and sauces out there, these 11 are the winners of SELF’s 2018 Healthy Food Awards. In order to be considered, they first had to comply with nutrient criteria created by registered dietitians for our awards. From there, they had to be better than dozens of other products our editors personally taste-tested. From snack-size guacamole to added sugar-free tomato sauce, these are all the dips, spreads, and sauces at the supermarket worth diving into …

Best Guacamole: Wholly Guacamole Homestyle Guacamole

Our editors agreed that guacamole is best when it’s simple and the focus is on the avocado. These single-serve containers are super convenient and capture the essence of what we look for in a good guac. One editor noted that while many pre-packaged guacamoles are “pulverized and flavored to oblivion,” you can actually taste and feel the avocado in this one. Plus, they said, “It didn’t have that out-of-the-plastic-package feeling or taste to it.”