July 2015…Summer is a great time for students, families, and community members to try out new, healthy recipes. Here’s a simple, light, and easy recipe suggested by Healthy NewsWorks Healthcare Advisory Board member Althea Zanecosky, M.S., R.D., L.D.N. Snacking from a vegetable tray is great for your health, she says, especially because raw veggies often have more nutrients than cooked ones. However, those store-bought dips that come with them typically have lots of fat and calories.
This alternative relies mostly on low-fat yogurt, a versatile and healthful base for vegetable dips. Depending on the ingredients you add, yogurt lends itself to sweet, spicy, tangy, or fresh flavors. Plain, fat-free yogurt has only 137 calories and 0.5 grams of fat per cup. If you use Greek yogurt for your dip, you’ll also get extra protein.
Smoky Lime Yogurt Dip
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
Zest and juice of half of one lime
1 teaspoon smoked paprika (or ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke)
½ teaspoon cumin
A pinch salt
A pinch of pepper
1. Mix all ingredients together.
2. Serve as a savory dip or as a topping for tacos or black beans and rice.
This recipe is also online at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ eatright.org website: Smoky Lime Yogurt Dip Recipe.