Summer is right around the corner (although some days it may not feel like it). So, what does that mean? BBQ season, cookouts, vacations, potlucks, and parties all centered on food. I’m going to share with you a few SUPER easy and SUPER healthy bring along side dishes for these events or even to keep in your own refrigerator for healthy and happy snacking.
Let me introduce to you Greek yogurt dips. Before you get scared off by the thought of dipping veggies or crackers in Greek yogurt, let me assure you that with these dips you will not even realize you are eating a high-protein, fat-free, low-carb yogurt instead of a high-fat and low-protein sour cream. And, it’s well worth the swap. A cup of sour cream has 450 calories, while a cup of Greek yogurt only has 120.
You don’t even need to get out a pen or a piece of paper because this recipe is THAT easy. Simply combine a 17-ounce container of fat-free Greek yogurt with a packet of seasoning mix (you can choose from Ranch, French Onion, Vegetable, as well as others).
You will find these in the salad dressing aisle or the canned soup aisle depending on which one you are looking for. They look something like this:
Combine any of these above dips with a veggie tray full of a rainbow of colors (red tomatoes, orange carrots, yellow peppers, green cucumbers) whole wheat pita chips, or high fiber crackers like Triscuits.
Here are a few more great Greek yogurt dips that require just a few more ingredients:
- 17 ounces Greek yogurt
- 10 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed to eliminate most of the water
- 8 ounces water chestnuts, chopped
- 1 packet vegetable recipe mix
Simply mix the ingredients together!
Peanut Butter Fruit Dip
If you are anything like me and have a significant sweet tooth, you can enjoy this dip knowing it’s nutritious (and delicious).
- 2 5.3-ounce containers of plain Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- A dash or two cinnamon
Combine this with a plate full of a rainbow of cut fruit (purple grapes, red strawberries, green apples, white bananas, orange cantaloupe) for a light, but sweet, snack.
Arm yourself with these healthy bring along dishes and you can enjoy a healthy summer BBQ season. What’s your favorite healthy BBQ dish to bring along? Share in the comments below!
Kinsy McNamee is a registered dietitian at ProMedica Wellness. She received her master’s degree in Food and Nutrition at BGSU where she also completed her dietetic internship. She lives in Perrysburg where she enjoys spending time with her husband, two young boys, and two dogs. Her monthly blog, Eating Right in Real Life, is a hearty serving of nutrition tips and insight for everyday families.