A healthy snack that’s tasty: Pumpkin yogurt dip
November 2016… Healthy NewsWorks reporters are getting to taste two of fall’s favorite flavors in one healthy snack.
“Fall is the best time to enjoy pumpkin and apples,” said Amy Deahl-Greenlaw, a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), who is introducing pumpkin yogurt dip with apple slices to Healthy NewsWorks reporters. “This delicious dip is a nutrition powerhouse, too!”
The snack provides protein, calcium, fiber, and vitamin A from three food groups: dairy (yogurt), vegetable (pumpkin), and fruit (apple). “But the best part is that it tastes so good and it’s so easy to make,” Amy said.
In her fall classroom presentations, Amy teaches reporters about nutritious snacks and leads a taste testing of the dip, using apple slices. Each reporter evaluates the snack, then each newspaper team writes a recipe review, including key nutritional facts.
Here are some of the questions that reporters consider:
- Do you like the texture of the dip?
- Is the dip sweet, salty, tangy, sour?
- Do the apple slices taste better with the dip or without it?
- Could you eat the dip on other kinds of fruit/snacks?
- Which ones and why?
Check out the pumpkin yogurt dip and let us know what you think too!
—By Zubin Hill
Pumpkin yogurt dip
1 cup of low-fat vanilla yogurt
2 tablespoons of100% orange juice
¼ cup of canned pumpkin
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1. Mix together yogurt, juice, pumpkin, and cinnamon.
2. Cut apple into slices.
3. Dip apples into yogurt pumpkin dip.
Nutrition facts per serving: Protein (3 grams), fiber (1 gram), calcium (106 mg).