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10 Blow Your Mind Dipping Sauce Recipes That You Need To Try

10 Blow Your Mind Dipping Sauce Recipes That You Need To Try

A great dipping sauce can make or break your favorite recipe, or just take it to a whole new level. It’s also fun to use your favorite condiments and everyday ingredients you already have at home to make your own dipping sauce recipes right in your kitchen.

Did you know that you can even create restaurant-worthy dips, dressings, and dipping sauces of all kinds with just a handful of ingredients?

Give these 10 mind-blowing dipping sauces a try this week, and make your dishes go from delicious to dream-worthy in just a few minutes!

1. Copycat Outback Bloomin’ Onion Sauce

    Domestic Superhero

    Let’s face it—the classic Outback Bloomin’ Onion Sauce is a favorite among many people and is hard to beat when it comes to dipping sauce recipes. That’s why this copycat recipe by Domestic Superhero is a great one to try when you need an at-home fix!

    2. Comeback Sauce

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      She Wears Many Hats

      The name for this fabulous dipping sauce speaks for itself! You’ll want to come back to whoever serves you this sauce and keep it on hand on a regular basis. Feel free to sub in vegan substitutions if needed, and try it on everything from fries to veggies, served over grains or salads, or just serve it with your favorite chips!

      3. Cilantro Jalapeño Sauce

        Damn Delicious

        If you love Mexican dishes, this Cilantro Jalapeño Sauce is for you. Not only is it full of flavor, but it’s also packed with nutrition due to the fresh ingredients it contains too!

        4. Beauty-Boosting Tahini Turmeric Dressing (or Dip!)

        Beauty-Boosting-Tahini-Turmeric-Salad-Dressing-by-Heather-McClees-The-Soulful-Spoon-raw-vegan

          The Soulful Spoon

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          Tahini is one of my favorite ingredients for making creamy sauces, dips and dressings without heavier nuts, dairy ingredients, or oil. It’s also perfect for combining sweet and savory ingredients. Boosting Tahini Turmeric Dressing (or Dip!) makes a great option for salads, chopped veggies, proteins of choice, grains, or even roasted sweet potato fries. The bonus point of this recipe? It’s packed with skin-boosting ingredients!

          5. Creamy Avocado Dip

            Gal on a Mission

            Avocado is the healthy ingredient of the decade it seems and when it comes to dipping sauce recipes, the creamy, fatty fruit makes a decadent option for your dips and sauces of all kinds. Give this Creamy Avocado Dip a try as a fun (and delicious way) to experiment with the healthy ingredient everyone is talking about!

            6. Copycat Chick-Fil-A Sauce

              House of Yumm

              If you’ve ever had the famous Chick-Fil-A sauce, you know how good it really is and how addictive it can be. So when your cravings for the fast food chain come calling, whip up this copycat recipe by House of Yumm!

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              7. Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Miso Dressing

                The Soulful Spoon

                Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Miso Dressing is a creation based on the unique flavors that miso brings to sauce recipes. Miso is a great savory ingredient and even contains live probiotics for gut health that makes it perfect for dipping sauce recipes. This recipe is sweet, spicy, and has a wonderful umami flavor that goes great with chopped veggies, fries, salads, chips, proteins of choice, and even rice or quinoa!

                8. Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce

                  Self-Proclaimed Foodie

                  As a Carolina girl myself, I must say that you haven’t had barbecue sauce until you’ve had it Carolina-style! Here in the south, we like to add a kick of mustard to our sauce and some versions also contain ketchup and mustard. Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce can be served over your favorite protein source or even used as a salad dressing—it’s that good!

                  9. Cabernet Cranberry and Blueberry Sauce

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                    Averie Cooks

                    Sweet recipes make a nice option for dessert sauces, and infusing berries with wine is a great way to achieve a truly unique sauce without needing a ton of sugar to make it special. Dollop this Cabernet Cranberry and Blueberry Sauce over a vanilla or chocolate cake, scones, or serve it over whole grain pancakes as a decadent breakfast-for-dinner option!

                    10. Awesome Sauce

                      Life Currents

                      Awesome Sauce features all vegan ingredients and makes a great dip for just about anything savory you can think of. It’s also the perfect way to end this round-up of mind-blowing dipping sauce recipes and is a pretty fun recipe to share with friends too!

                      For more easy dressing and dip recipes, try out these 30 irresistible options!

                      Featured photo credit: Heather McClees / The Soulful Spoon via heathermcclees.com

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                      How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                      How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                      Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

                      But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

                      Sight – Visual Stimulation

                      The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

                      1. Maximize your exposure to light.

                      Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

                      Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

                      2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

                      Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

                      Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

                      Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

                      3. Take note of your environment.

                      Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

                      By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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                      Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

                      What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

                      4. Engage in conversation.

                      Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

                      Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

                      Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

                      Why Listen to Reply Instead of Understand Is the Key to Failure

                      5. Listen to upbeat music.

                      Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

                      Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

                      Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

                      If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

                      6. Work your nose.

                      Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

                      If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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                      Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

                      Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

                      If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

                      7. Have a good breakfast.

                      Start off with the most important meal of the day.

                      Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

                      Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

                      Need some breakfasts inspirations? Check out these ideas:

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                      8. Drink lots of water.

                      Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

                      So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

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                      Think that you’ve been drinking too little water? Try these friendly reminders:

                      3 Best Apps To Help You Drink Much More Water

                      9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

                      Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

                      Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

                      Here you can find some healthy snack ideas:

                      25 Healthy Snack Recipes To Make Your Workday More Productive

                      Touch – Tactile Stimulation

                      Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

                      10. Splash cold water on your face.

                      Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

                      This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

                      5 Surprising Benefits of Cold Showers

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                      11. Use acupressure.

                      Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

                      Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

                      12. Get moving.

                      Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

                      And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

                      You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

                      Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

                      Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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