Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Waitrose Love Life Low Calorie Dips Review

I first discovered these dips while returning from a trip to the Isle of Wight. We’d stopped at a motorway service area where we were looking for something light to eat. The family headed off to KFC (groan) while I happily browsed the mini Waitrose.
Waitrose love life dips low calorie

These mini supermarkets are fantastic for those of us who don’t want to refuel on supersized muffins and burgers. I found a nice salad bowl (no dressing) and tried to find something to go with it, such as houmous. Instead, I spotted these calorie controlled Waitrose Love Life dips. There are 3 to choose from: Beetroot Dip (34 calories), Red Pepper Dip (36 calories) or Tzatziki Dip (35 calories).

The cardboard outer sleeve states they are ‘calorie controlled’, ‘low fat’, and ‘by chefs & nutritionists’. There are two pots included for the price and each pot holds 50g.

Waitrose love life dips low calorie

On this occasion I purchased the Red Pepper and the Beetroot dips. I used the Red Pepper dip as a sort of salad dressing while sitting in the passenger seat of the car. It actually worked quite well and added a nice creaminess to the salad with a bit of flavour enhancement.

Waitrose love life dips low calorie

I tried the Beetroot with some vegetable sticks and on some oat cakes later on. While it had a nice smooth consistency, I found the flavour a little too watered down. But this is probably because I have been making my own beetroot dip which has a much more intense taste to it. (I will post the recipe here soon)! I haven’t yet tried the Tzatziki but it’s on my list.

Waitrose love life beetroot dip

All in all, these little pots are really useful as a low calorie stand by snack in a workplace kitchen, or wherever you spend a lot of time. Keep a little box of mini oatcakes nearby or chopped veggie sticks in the fridge and accompany them with one of these dips and you’ve got a low calorie snack that’s healthy and may stave off any ideas about a quick sugar fix.

You can find Waitrose Love Life calorie controlled sips in branches of Waitrose, Waitrose online and Ocado.

Each pot is worth 1 Weight Watchers pro point as calculated by Waitrose.

Suitable for Vegetarians.

On offer at Waitrose on a 2 for £2 deal (at the time of writing).

Nutrition Beetroot Dip per 50g pot: 34 calories, 0.9g fat, 0.2g saturates, 2.3g carbohydrates, 1.3g sugars, 3.5g protein, 0.5g fibre, 0.24g salt.

Nutrition Tzatziki Dip per 50g pot: 35 calories, 0.6g fat, 0.2g saturates, 3.7g carbohydrates, 3.1g sugars, 4.4g protein, 0.2g fibre, 0.26g salt.

Nutrition: Red Pepper Dip per 50g pot: 36 calories, 0.6g fat, 0.2g saturates, 3.2g carbohydrates, 2.1g sugars, 4.2g protein, 0.4g fibre, 0.39g salt.

Ingredients Beetroot Dip: Greek style yogurt (milk), beetroot (30%), water, sugar, spirit vinegar, dill, lemon juice, cornflour, stabiliser pectin, salt, horseradish, rapeseed oil, brown sugar, single cream (milk), pasteurised free range egg powder, sea salt, mustard flour.

Ingredients Tzatziki dip: Greek style yogurt (milk), cucumber (20%), concentrated lemon juice, mint infused sunflower oil, mint, garlic puree, salt.

Ingredients Red Pepper dip: Greek style yogurt (milk), red peppers (12%), water, tomato puree, lemon juice, garlic puree, smoked paprika, sundried tomatoes, salt, cornflour, cumin powder, sunflower oil, tomato paste, stabiliser pectin, sugar, spirit vinegar, molasses, onion, tamarind concentrate, colour paprika, basil, garlic, oregano, clove powder, ginger puree.

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