So, the diet I am on helpfully divides foods up into certain categories: Power Fuels (high quality proteins and healthy fats), Smart Carbs (nutrient-rich carbohydrates with a low to medium Glycemic Index), Vegetables (non-starchy veggies, high in nutrients), Extras (low-calories options to help spice up a meal or satisfy a craving, i.e. salad dressing, olive oil, coffee creamer, some condiments), and Freebies (condiments, beverages, and spices with less than 10 calories per serving, i.e. herbs and spices, mustard, salsa, tea).
The plan lays out when you should have these different foods. One of my snacks (I get three a day), allows for a Power Fuel. One of these is non-fat yogurt. I figured it probably needed to be plain yogurt because all the flavored ones are really loaded up with sugar. Then I was in a bit of a dilemma because who wants to eat plain yogurt by itself? Not me, that’s who! So I came up with this plan: Make it into a ranch dip and use it for my unlimited veggies!
This is actually a very easy recipe and really healthy, so it could be used anytime by anyone, on a diet or not. I’m sure if you weren’t counting calories and fat, you could probably add a little buttermilk to the recipe and it would make a good dressing substitute. As-is it’s probably a bit too thick for a dressing.
2 cups plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon dried parsley
2 teaspoons fresh dill, finely chopped*
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped*
Small splash of apple cider vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
*I used fresh for these two because Trader Joe’s didn’t have the dried version and I didn’t feel like making another trip to the a different store. Fresh is pretty cheap and adds such a good flavor. If you chose to do all dried, you could probably make up a big batch of this and have ranch seasoning mix on hand for other uses. It would store in an air-tight container for up to three months.
In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients. Taste it to see if you want to make any of the flavors stronger. Want more chive? Add more. Want more dill? Add more.