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Are you ready for spring? Try these delicious sweet dip recipes to lighten up your springtime get-togethers. Cookie Dough, Chocolate Hazelnut, Strawberry Cheesecake, and Key Lime Pie -- serve with graham crackers, cubes of angel food cake, and fresh cut up fruit!

Healthier Chocolate Hazelnut Dip (Printable PDF Version)

Makes about 5 servings


Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup hazelnut spread

Directions

Mix together ingredients in a small bowl and serve.

Nutrition Facts (4 tablespoons): Calories 150, Total Fat 8g (Saturated 3g), Cholesterol 7mg, Sodium 20mg, Total Carbohydrate 14g, Dietary Fiber 1g, Protein 5g, Vitamin A 1% DV, Vitamin C 0% DV, Calcium 7% DV, Iron 4% DV


**For a version that's lower in calories and fat, try using 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt as suggested by Jenna Smith! Read her post, "A Label Shocker! The Truth About Hazelnut Spread."

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Strawberry Cheesecake Dip (Printable PDF Version)

Makes about 8 servings


Ingredients

  • 4 ounces softened Neufchatel (reduced-fat cream cheese)
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup strawberries, crushed

Directions

  • Place yogurt and cream cheese in a medium bowl. Beat on low with mixer until combined.
  • Add powdered sugar and strawberries. Continue beating on medium until incorporated.
  • Transfer dip to serving bowl.

Nutrition Facts (4 tablespoons): Calories 75, Total Fat 4g (Saturated 3g), Cholesterol 14mg, Sodium 70mg, Total Carbohydrate 6g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Protein 4g, Vitamin A 3% DV, Vitamin C 10% DV, Calcium 4% DV, Iron 0% DV




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Cookie Dough Dip (Printable PDF Version)

Makes about 5 servings


Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon nut butter
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener (sugar, maple syrup, honey)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips
  • Pinch of sea salt

Directions

Mix together all ingredients in a small bowl and serve.

Nutrition Facts (4 tablespoons): Calories 80, Total Fat 4g (Saturated 2g), Cholesterol 6mg, Sodium 60mg, Total Carbohydrate 7g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Protein 5g, Vitamin A 0% DV, Vitamin C 0% DV, Calcium 5% DV, Iron 1% DV

 

 

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Key Lime Pie Dip (Printable PDF Version)

Makes about 8 servings


Ingredients

  • 4 ounces softened Neufchatel (reduced-fat cream cheese)
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice or juice from one lime
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest

Directions

  1. Place yogurt and cream cheese in a medium bowl. Beat on low with mixer until combined.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, lime juice, and zest. Continue beating on low until incorporated.
  3. Transfer dip to serving bowl.

Nutrition Facts (4 tablespoons): Calories 90, Total Fat 4g (Saturated 3g), Cholesterol 14mg, Sodium 70mg, Total Carbohydrate 9g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Protein 4g, Vitamin A 3% DV, Vitamin C 1% DV, Calcium 4% DV, Iron 0% DV

 

Today's post was written by Leia Kedem. Leia Kedem, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian and Nutrition & Wellness Educator covering Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, and Vermilion Counties. She appears weekly on WCIA-3/WCIX-49 and is a biweekly contributor to the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette. She also maintains Facebook and Twitter accounts where she regularly posts health tips and answers nutrition questions for free.