Chips or crackers served up with dip is an easy answer for any tailgate or game-watching party, but our choice of dip can make it or break it, nutritionally speaking. Today we’re Getting the Skinny on the best & worst of one of the most popular of the dips: Ranch dip!
DIY Ranch Dip
Plain lowfat Greek yogurt mixed with Ranch packet (swap out sour cream for Greek yogurt, cup-for-cup)
Ranch dip packet adds just 5 calories per two-tablespoon serving
Per 2 tbsp: 25 calories, <1 gram saturated fat, 1 gram carb, and 3 grams protein
Otria Greek Yogurt Veggie Dip
This brand looks like it’s a healthy option, but it’s not really made with true Greek-style yogurt.
Ingredients: Greek yogurt (cultured milk, cream, modified corn starch, pectin, locust bean gum, carrageenan, live active cultures), water, canola oil…. sugar… modified corn starch…
Per 2 tbsp: 60 calories, 5 grams fat, 1.5 grams sat fat, 2 grams carbs, 2 grams protein
Kraft Creamy Ranch Dip
No one probably thinks of this is a ‘health food’ of course, but who would guess that it has more oil and corn syrup than anything else?
Ingredients: Water, partially hydrogenated coconut and soybean oil, corn syrup, whey protein concentrate
Per 2 tbsp: 60 calories, 4.5 grams fat, 3 grams sat fat, 3 grams carbs, <1 gram protein
Marzetti Single-Serve Ranch Dip
These ‘single serving’ cups may provide portion control, but each little cup packs in more calories than a McDonald’s cheeseburger!
Ingredients: Sour cream (cream, modified food starch, gelatin…), soybean oil, vinegar, sugar…
Per single-serve carton: 330 calories, 36 grams fat, 9 grams saturated fat, 6 grams carbs, 3 grams protein: