Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wellness Wednesday - Healthy Ranch Dip Alternative

When you're going to casting's and go-see's and need a great healthy snack, veggies are always a great option. When you want to munch on crunchy raw veggies with a yummy ranch dip, it can be packed with calories and fat. It's easy to overindulge on the dip and fill up on calories, so here is a great option for a low fat and delicious ranch-dip alternative that you can take with you to your casting's and on set to eat with your veggies.

Rethink your ranch by substituting Greek yogurt for the sour cream and mayonnaise. Instead of the powdered spices and salt, quickly chop up some chives, parsley, and garlic. There is so much flavor packed in these fresh herbs; only a little salt is needed to satiate your palate. The thick, creaminess of the yogurt will provide you with a seemingly decadent treat when really you are loading up on protein and probiotics that are benefits of eating Greek Yogurt.

1-2 cucumbers, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
1 clove garlic, mashed into paste
1/2 bunch chives, thinly sliced
1/4 bunch flat-leaf Italian parsley, chopped
1 6-ounce container of strained Greek yogurt
Lemon juice to taste
Salt to taste

This dip will complement any raw vegetable, so be sure to try it on bell peppers, carrots, and broccoli florets.
  1. To make garlic paste: chop garlic then add a generous pinch of coarse salt. Mash the garlic and salt mixture with the flat side of your knife.
  2. Stir garlic paste, chives, parsley, and lemon juice to Greek yogurt until well combined. Salt to taste

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