One of the easiest and most popular dips for parties and family get-togethers nowadays is a cold veggie dip that can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator without much hassle. While there are plenty of recipes to be found, Greek yogurt dips are fast becoming the most coveted. Greek yogurt dip calories are significantly less fatty than the traditional sour cream or mayonnaise based dips.
An easy Greek yogurt veggie dip can be put together in just a few minutes with a package of dried vegetable mix, a package of frozen spinach, two cups of yogurt, and a can of sliced water chestnuts. It is as simple as combining the ingredients in a bowl and serving with crackers!
Another spectacular benefit to this veggie dip is the spinach addition; research has shown that consuming vegetables three or more times a day, compared to only once, has been strongly associated with about 27% less chance of stroke, 42% lower stroke mortality and 25% less cardiovascular disease.
Another easy recipe is a simple black bean and goat cheese dip. This is typically served warm with either tortilla chips or pita chips, but goes well with crackers, also. Start with a can of black beans, drain and rinse them well, then add in about 6 ounces of goat cheese and stir until combined. Then, mash together and heat until warm and fragrant.
This simple yet delicious veggie dip has health benefits as well. Having any type of legume four or more times a week has shown to decrease the risk of heart disease by 22%, and cardiovascular disease by 11%. This recipe goes very well with crispy tortillas or an assortment of fresh vegetables. The goat cheese has a lovely creaminess and the black beans are tasty while not being too heavy.
One of the most popular dips that is not only vegetarian, but healthy as well, is hummus. All it takes is one can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained, 3 cups cilantro leaves, 1 minced garlic clove, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, and a pinch of both salt and pepper. Combine everything in a food processor until smooth, thinning with water if needed. This goes great with fresh vegetables, pitas, crackers, or your favorite chips.
Two spoonfuls of hummus every day is enough to satisfy your recommended bean consumption for the week, and it makes for a convenient and easy snack!