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Snack Attack: Tzatziki, No Longer Greek to Me

I recently spent some time in Greece and I literally lived on Tzatziki and pita the entire time I was there.

Convinced it was going to keep the memories alive at home, I have been making a healthier version of this tasty Greek style dip.


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of non-fat yogurt
  • 2 large cucumbers
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic (or 2 garlic cloves)
  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • A handful of dill (or if you're like me and don't like dill you can leave this step out)
  • Put all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until mixed well. You can decide how chunky you want it to be but it should be close to the consistency of ranch dressing (with cucumber bits mixed in). Store in the refrigerator for 2 hours or until ready to serve. Serve with veggies and whole wheat pita, or pita chips.

    Why we love it:
    Yogurt is a great source of calcium. Try to get organic and Live & Active cultured yogurt to really reap the health benefits.
    Cucumbers are very low in calories as well as a great way to help cleanse your insides.
    Garlic can fight a common cold (and cough) and could also be effective in the fight against cholesterol.
    Mint is great for soothing an upset stomach, it opens airways to help breathing and is a good source of Vitamin C (for an herb at least).

    Fit's Tip: This is a great snack to serve if you will be entertaining guests because it can be prepared in advance.

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jenmh3 jenmh3 8 years
Okay so I didn't know whether to peel or seed the cucumbers. I seeded them but didn't peel them...not sure if that's right. I used both the dill & the mint to see how it went. I'm going to reserve judgment until it's been in the refrigerator for a few hours. By the way, I saw someone posted something about cheesecloths...I think you can use a coffee filter. I did that, but I'm not sure if I let it drain for long enough b/c it came out pretty watery.
jenmh3 jenmh3 8 years
...I mean, I don't know if I like dill either. (Oops.)
jenmh3 jenmh3 8 years
So...what about if I don't like mint? It actually doesn't even seem to make sense--do you taste it? Did anyone make this without mint? Does it work? I don't know if I don't like dill either. (Okay, I'm only 25, and I don't cook.) So now I'm down to cucumber, yogurt, and garlic...does that work? Anyone? Thanks for your help!
ragus ragus 8 years
We need more healthy snack ideas!!!
SU3 SU3 9 years
I'm definitely going to try this!!
princess-bttrcup princess-bttrcup 9 years
whole foods used to have a wonderful Tzatziki but I haven't seen it there recently so this is exciting to see a recipe to try at home :-) I also love that it looks easy... I read a recipe somewhere before for it that you needed cheese cloths or something weird like that haha
brighteyes097 brighteyes097 9 years
I love Tzatziki! I make it and raita (an Indian yogurt sauce/dip) all the time. If you don't have time to make it yourself, Trader Joe's sells good Tzatziki, too.
audreystar audreystar 9 years
it is funny how when you get older you acquire tastes for foods you used to hate. i now LOVE cucumbers. when i was younger i couldn't stand them.
girly_girl girly_girl 9 years
Yummy! I will definitely try this one out. Please post more yummy healthy recipes. :)
DStirk DStirk 9 years
love greek food? anyone ever had stiffado? yum!
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Its so yummy!
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