This easy, healthy yogurt dip with spinach and thyme is perfect for parties, snacking, or as a tasty sauce or spread. Add this simple healthy yogurt dip to your rotation and enjoy a nutritious and delicious accompaniment to all sorts of meals. Customizable to seasonal herbs and veggies.
Thanks to Stonyfield Yogurt for sponsoring this post and for making delicious and healthy organic yogurts! All opinions my own.
The holidays can be a bit hectic, and also not always terribly healthy. But your guests and your family can still get some nutritious food in, even while being festive. This delicious and healthy yogurt dip can help!
Easy Healthy Yogurt Dip is Best with Organic Ingredients!
This easy healthy yogurt dip is delicious, full of healthy protein, gut-nourishing probiotics, and tasty herbs. Put out a tempting array of fresh veggies to go with it, and you have yourself a quick and healthy appetizer platter. Nice to have something a little different than the standard hummus or not-so-healthy onion dips.
Organic ingredients make this healthy yogurt dip even better for you — no chemical pesticides to sully your healthy snack. I love Stonyfield’s organic yogurt for all kinds of things — it’s a great add-in to make all those baked goods we’re making at this time of year a little healthier. You can sub it in for sour cream, butter, mayonnaise or milk as well. For this recipe, I recommend their protein-packed Greek yogurt, which has a little more heft and makes for a less runny dip, but you could use their delicious regular yogurt also. You might just want to strain it a short time to make it a bit creamier for dipping purposes.
I used non-fat Greek yogurt because that’s all I get in my area. If you prefer full fat, by all means go for it! It will yield a richer and perhaps less tangy dip.
I grabbed some lemon thyme still hanging on in the garden right before the first snow fell and popped it in the freezer for winter cooking. I also used the garlic I harvested at the end of summer for its glorious pungent flavor and immune-boosting properties. Even if you’re not growing your own, some dried organic herbs from a local farm are easy to put up yourself. I always dry big bundles of fragrant thyme, oregano, and parsley from our CSA each season and enjoy them in all sorts of dishes throughout the winter. (Easy instructions for preserving your own herbs here.)
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But if you haven’t “put up” yourself, no worries! Dried organic thyme is easy to find. Money-saving tip: Bring your own jar to fill at your local natural foods store. There’s no reason to pay $4 a bottle for herbs — when you refill your bottle, you typically save 50-80%. I get most of the herbs I don’t grow myself for less than 50 cents per refill and wonder how anyone can do otherwise! You also save all that packaging.
At other times of year, fresh thyme would give this dip a brighter flavor, but if all you can get fresh right now is in those sad little plastic packs, dry is the way to go to be more eco-friendly. (Wallet-friendly, too.)
Adding fresh local garlic and spinach ups the superpowers of this tasty dip. Garlic is an incredible immune boosting food, and spinach has all sorts of super-nutrients that we need even more in winter. The green color also adds a special holiday touch.
I love when the food I serve nourishes not only the people eating it, but the planet as well. I feel better when my food choices support businesses working to make the planet a little safer for all of us, like my local organic farmers and Stonyfield. Stonyfield has worked to make healthy food and protect the planet since their start in 1983 at a small organic farming school in Wilton, New Hampshire. The organic certification makes it easy for consumers to know that Stonyfield’s yogurt is made without pesticides, artificial hormones, or antiobiotics. Just some organic dairy and those powerful probiotics.
We’re all overbooked this time of year, so check out how streamlined this easy healthy yogurt dip recipe is!
Easy Healthy Yogurt Dip with Spinach and Thyme
2 cups organic Stonyfield Greek yogurt (non fat or whole, depending on your preference)
1 large clove garlic
1 cup fresh spinach or 1/2 cup thawed spinach, squeezed of excess water
2 tsp fresh chopped thyme or lemon thyme, or 1/2 tsp dried thyme, crushed
1/2 tsp sea salt + more to taste (I like this mineral-rich salt)
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice if desired.
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend till smooth. I recommend making your yogurt dip ahead to let the flavors meld. A few hours will greatly enhance the taste.
Serve with fresh veggies and whole-grain pita triangles if desired. Crackers or lentil chips also work well with this dip if that’s more your crowd’s speed. If you want to impress, you can try serving in a bread bowl. Cube the scooped out bread and put it out for dipping.
Optional add-ins: Finely diced red pepper, carrot, chives, green onion.
Sit back and enjoy the party! You and your guests can eat this healthy yogurt dip without guilt.
When the holidays are over, keep this recipe on hand. When spring rolls around again, experiment with whatever herbs are growing in your yard. You can vary this dip by simply swapping out the thyme with cilantro, chives, dill, or mint.
If you have trouble getting protein into your kiddos like I do, a protein-packed organic yogurt dip is a great snack. And kiddos love to dip! (Back off on the garlic a little if kiddos aren’t huge fans. I’d also go with whole milk yogurt from growing kids.)
Leftover dip and veggies can feed hungry kiddos while you prepare dinner. It also makes a great sandwich spread.
What are your go-to easy healthy recipes? Please share in the comments!
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