I’ve always been a fan of veggie dips. Even when I didn’t follow a healthy diet, setting out a tray of veggies with a dish of dip was a guaranteed way to get me to eat some fresh vegetables. Most commercially prepared dips are chock full of fat and calories, and no matter how you try and spin it, they just aren’t good for you. Marzetti, the company most known for their ubiquitous white tubs of vegetable dips, has come out with a lighter, more healthy version.
Called Otria, the new vegetable dips begin with a base of Greek yogurt. Higher in protein and drastically lower in fat and calories than traditional dip ingredients sour cream and mayonnaise, Greek yogurt gives a smooth and tangy base.
Offered in five flavors, the label shows the drastic difference in the two products. The original Marzetti Vegetable Dip contains 110 calories per 2 tbsp serving with 13 grams of fat and 250 mgs of sodium. The Otria Greek Yogurt Veggie dip contains 60 calories for a 2 tbsp serving, with 4.5 grams of fat and 19 mgs of sodium. The Otria also boasts 200 mgs of Omega-3 fatty acids from canola and fish oils. The label looks great – but how does the Otria taste?
I purchased an original Spinach and Artichoke Marzetti veggie dip and the same flavor in the Otria line. In a side by side taste comparison, I could not tell a difference. Both dips were delicious. In fact, I ended up slicing and eating an entire cucumber and more than half of a container of grape tomatoes with the Otria dip.
This is a yummy addition to your diet, especially with the oncoming influx of fresh spring vegetables so give it a try and tell us what you think!
March 16th, 2011