Thursday, June 26, 2014

Chipotle Ranch Dip Takes First Place in Opadipity by Litehouse Taste Test

After posting a love poem on my blog to my new crush, OPA salad dressings, the social media guy for Litehouse Foods contacted me on my Facebook page and asked if I'd like to sample other OPA products.

Do yaks have horns?

Who wouldn't want to try more primo OPA products made from high-protein Greek yogurt?

A few days later, a care package arrived with three new flavors of OPA salad dressings, the full line of Opadipity by Litehouse Greek yogurt dips -- and nine bottles of Litehouse Instantly Fresh Herbs.

Talk about Christmas in June!

I decided to test the dips first because my favorite snack has become veggies with dip since losing 35 pounds on the Medifast diet program.

To make the sampling more fun, I brought some celery and jicama sticks to work and set up a taste test station so my co-workers could help me judge these low-calorie creamy dips made from healthy Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise.

I placed the four dips atop a low bookcase, along with the crudites, and asked my guinea pigs to fill out questionnaires so I could determine which were their favorites and why.

Here's what I found:

Of the four dips -- Chipotle Ranch, Creamy Ranch, Spinach Parmesan and Cucumber Dill -- the clear winner was Chipotle Ranch. Some of the adjectives and phrases used to describe the chipotle dip were "delicious," "smokey," "has a bite to it," "almost has a barbecue flavor" and "can't even taste the yogurt." One taste tester said he was going to sub it for the chipotle mayo he typically uses on his burgers.
Chipotle Ranch was the winning flavor
in my "Don't Be a Dip" Opadipity Taste Test

This papaya-colored dip was my favorite, too. The smokey chipotle flavor nicely complimented the slightly sweet jicama, making for a perfect sweet-savory snack. I predict it will become a staple on my shopping list.

The next favorite dip was (drum roll, please)... Cucumber Dill. Yes, I was surprised, too. Tasters liked its cool refreshing flavor and felt it tasted more like ranch than the Creamy Ranch dip (which tasted "too yogurty" for some).

The third runner up was the Spinach Parmesan, which was described as "earthy," "flavorful" and "cheesy."

Aside from their pleasing, intense flavors, the nutritional profile on all four dips is impressive, running only 50-70 calories for a two tablespoon serving. You could even have two servings with crisp, fresh veggies and come out way ahead compared to a 100-calorie snack pack of empty carbs.

And because the Opadipity products have some protein and healthy fat, you'll feel full and satisfied after eating them, especially if paired with a fibrous vegetable.

The Litehouse Foods official website has a collection of delicious looking recipes that can be made with each dip -- from Chipotle Ranch Chicken Wraps to Spinach Parmesan Quiche (could be made crustless for low-carbers). I already have several contenders in my recipes-to-try bucket list.

Whether you're losing weight on the Medifast diet, eating low carb or just want another healthy snack option or recipe ingredient, Opadipity by Litehouse merits some real estate in your refrigerator.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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