On any given Sunday, you’ll find me noshing happily on Buffalo wings, chips, dip and more. But let’s face it, a season’s worth of Game Day eats can add up, waistline-wise. So, football food pro that I am, I’ve come up with a few tricks for making my favorites just a bit leaner, meaner and better-for-you.
My go-to for Game Day recipe makeovers has always been to swap out sour cream (or mayo or cream cheese) for plain, fat-free Greek yogurt—it’s thick, creamy, tangy and a perfect base for all my favorite party dips.
And the nutrition differences are huge: Half a cup of sour cream contains 222 calories, 23 grams of fat and just 2 grams of protein. But half a cup of plain, fat-free Greek yogurt (in this case, Yoplait Greek 100 Plain) has only 65 calories, no fat and a whopping 10.5 grams of protein.
In honor of Yoplait releasing their new 32-ounce container of Greek 100 Plain (that’s 4 cups—perfect for making a few dips for your next party), I thought I’d share some of my favorite Game Day dip recipes. Their rich and creamy textures make them ideal candidates for swapping in fat-free, plain Greek yogurt (or “FFPGY,” for short). Meet your new Game Day secret weapon!
- French Onion Dip
Lighten up this Caramelized Onion Dip by subbing in 2 cups FFPGY for the sour cream and cream cheese called for in the recipe. Or take the ultimate shortcut (like I did above) and mix FFPGY with a packet of French onion seasoning mix for a fast 2-ingredient dip.
- Cheddar Jalapeño Dip
This 5-star dip calls for 1/3 cup sour cream and 1/3 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing as a base—making it a perfect candidate for a FFPGY swap. Get the recipe.
- Buffalo Cheese Dip
Serve it with Pizza Rolls, or with chips and veggie dippers. Either way, make sure you serve it made with 1 cup FFPGY instead of cream cheese. Get the recipe.
- Creamy BBQ Bacon Cheese Dip
No one can resist barbecue sauce and bacon—and when you swap out the cream cheese for 1 cup of FFPGY, you won’t have to. Get the recipe.
- Avocado Lime Ranch Dip
This light and herby dip goes great with cheesy or spicy tortilla chips. Just swap in 1 cup of FFPGY for the ½ cup sour cream and ½ cup mayo called for in the recipe. Get the recipe.
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