Healthy Veggie Dip

[NOTE: Not vegan. Contains dairy]

What exactly makes this healthy veggie dip so special?  It’s cheap, quick, easy, healthy, low calorie, packed with protein AND tastes just as good (if not, better) than the traditional creamy ranch dressing veggie dips.  Need I say anymore?

Let’s just say that if you ate the ENTIRE dip (12 tablespoons) that we are about to make, you’d consume 120 HEALTHY calories…every last one of them would be good-for-you calories.  I’m not a calorie counter, but when you compare that to the ranch dressing veggie dips out there, you are saving yourself hundreds of calories!  One tablespoon of our healthy veggie dip totals 10 calories (with 2 grams of protein), whereas a tablespoon of ranch will put you at about 75 calories (with no protein)!

Do you want to know what the secret is?  Greek yogurt!

If you haven’t heard, Greek yogurt is all the rage right now!  Actually, we are a little late to the party…oops!  Greek yogurt differs from traditional yogurt in many ways, one being the most obvious, is taste.  Greek yogurt has a very sour taste compared to the “normal” yogurt we eat.  Because Greek yogurt is so sour, many people do not give Greek yogurt a fighting chance.  Greek yogurt is thick and creamy and VERY nutritious.  The reason Greek yogurt is thick and creamy is because the liquid whey (milk by-product) has been strained out, thus reducing lactose (milk sugar) and creating a more wholesome texture.  Greek yogurt also contains higher levels of probiotics (healthy digestive bacteria) and has TWICE the protein content than regular yogurt!  If that doesn’t get you excited to try Greek yogurt, then I don’t know what will!  I don’t eat a lot of dairy (rarely any), but if I chose to stray away and have a bite, Greek yogurt would be my first choice.

So, how do you make this awesome recipe?  I’ll show you!

 

Healthy Veggie Dip

Prep time: Total time:
Serves: 6 (2 Tbsp Servings)
What exactly makes this healthy veggie dip so special? It’s cheap, quick, easy, healthy, low calorie, packed with protein AND tastes just as good (if not, better) than the traditional creamy ranch dressing veggie dips. Need I say anymore?

Ingredients

  • 1 (6 ounce) container of fat free Greek Yogurt (I use Chobani)
  • 1 packet of Kraft “Garlic and Herb” seasoning (found on the salad dressing aisle)

Instructions

  1. Pour ½ of the Kraft “Garlic and Herb” seasoning packet into the Greek yogurt and mix well. Slowly add more seasoning until you reach your desired level of flavor. That’s it! Just in case you wanted to know, my family enjoys ¾ of a packet.

Notes

Serve with fresh vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, celery, assorted bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. You can also use this dressing as a substitute for ranch dressing on salads! Store leftovers in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container for 3-5 days.  If you would like a vegan version of the recipe, I suggest using vegan sour cream. It will provide the same taste, however it will lack the nutritional benefits provided by the Greek yogurt.

 

Did you like the recipeAre you finally a member of the Greek yogurt fan club?  Would you like to know more ways to incorporate Greek yogurt in your diet?  Try out some of these ideas:

  • Breakfast and/or snacks.  Greek yogurt can be eaten many ways: plain, with fresh fruit, or even with honey or stevia mixed in.  Many brands now produce fruit-flavored varieties, however be certain to check the ingredients list for added sugars and preservatives.
  • In smoothies instead of milk or traditional yogurt.
  • In other homemade dressings and dips such as tzatziki (add chopped cucumbers, dill and a pinch of salt).
  • Or my favorite, as a replacement for sour cream!  Yes, you heard me correctly…sour cream.  I HIGHLY suggest you try this out.  A dollop of Greek yogurt tastes fantastic on top of chili!  I’ve also tried it on tacos, nachos, other dressings and dips…the sky is the limit.

What other inventive ways do you use Greek yogurt?  Let me know in the comments below!

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