Monday, February 13, 2012

Yogurt "Ranch" Dip

Kids just love to dip stuff, and if it gets them to eat some raw veggies then that's a bonus. I'm not crazy about that commercial where the kids are drowning all their veggies in dressing, especially considering some of the things on their ingredient list, like maltodextrin, salt, MSG, lactic acid, calcium sterate, and carboxymethylcellulose. I guess whoever wrote that commercial never saw this growing up:

Anyway, using healthy Greek yogurt as a base rather than sour cream and mayonnaise, and other ingredients that I can pronounce, make me feel pretty good about Graham dunking his broccoli in this version of ranch dip. I took this to a play date and the kids and mommies liked it, and also served it at Graham's birthday party along with some hummus.

1 cup  plain non-fat Greek Yogurt (I like Stonyfield Farms organic)
2 Tbsp chives, chopped
1/4 tsp dried dill
2 tsp onion salt
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tbsp lemon juice

Mix all ingredients and chill for about an hour. Serve with veggies and/or crackers.

*We like all kinds of yogurt around here, but it's hard to beat the creamy consistency of Greek yogurt in dips. Greek yogurt has more protein than regular, and it's lower in sugar and sodium than it's regular counterpart. It does have a little less calcium than regular, but still packs a good calcium punch with about 20% of the RDA in a 6 oz serving.

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