If there are two things I am absolutely sick of right now it’s fat free dressing and Yoplait. Seriously. Fuck those guys. This afternoon I found myself thinking that if I have to have one more mid-afternoon snack of veggies and ranch and flavored yogurt and I may seriously choke someone. It’s not the veggies I hate. I mean, what the hell did a vegetable ever do wrong? It’s the soul-less dressing and yogurt I have come to despise. Fat free dressing really is wretched, no matter what we tell ourselves and, short of dropping a couple of cookies in, I simply could not bear another faux-fruit yogurt.
So, recently I was at Target and browsed around for an alternative. I came across some little packets of instant soup mix. I remember my grandmother making spinach dip and French onion dip when I was a kid. Oh, how I parked myself in front of those trays at family gatherings. This all sounded really good and I figured I would mix a packet of soup mix with some fat free sour cream and attempt to relive my childhood glory. That’s when I saw this sitting next to the sour cream…
Greek yogurt! Now. I am sure that I am not the first one to think about substituting Greek yogurt for things, but I feel like this was an original thought, so let’s roll with that.
I have previously avoided Greek yogurt for a couple of reasons. First, most packages of Greek yogurt I ran across had way too many points because they were flavored with real sugar and I had previously been stingy with my points. Some of the fat free non-American yogurts I’ve tried on a whim were wretched. Some containers were huge and I have been trying to buy things that are portable and in individuals containers. Seeing plain, individually-sized fat free Greek yogurt, in a brand I hadn’t decided was gross, was a good find and, feeling adventurous, I gave it a whirl. Oh, how deliciously I gave it a whirl.
Here’s why substituting Greek yogurt into things is a glorious idea. This is the nutritional profile of fat free dressing:
There’s nothing of any nutritional value in this bottle. Six carbs and some salt. Now, take a look at Greek yogurt…
That’s a hearty helping of protein and calcium. To get a great veggie dip, I mixed one container of this with 1/2 tablespoon of French onion soup mix. The whole container has two points, but I ended up splitting it over lunch and a snack because it was a lot of food. With lunch I coupled the half container with a tuna sandwich and apple for 6 very satisfying points….
With ranch and veggie soup packets still to try, fat free dressing is dead to me.
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