Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato and Ricotta Dip

All of winter and spring, you spend your time eating right, dieting, and exercising. You do this so that when the summer hits, you’re at your healthiest, and most trimmed. Despite all this work, however, people are likely to start gaining back their weight during the summer. This is because there are foods hidden in plain sight throughout the summer that are extremely fatty and that you don’t think about. Barbecue, hot dogs, mayonnaise based salads, frozen drinks, sweetened iced tea, ice cream, and fried foods are all the most prevalent during the summer. Even the dip for your chips can be extremely fatty.

Are you looking to make a healthy snack for you and your friends this summer? Try this great dip! This recipe combats the fatty dips for the chips we’re eating over the summer. It is a sun-dried tomato and ricotta dip and it is creamy and delicious. The bright flavors will wake up your taste buds and satisfy your belly while the lycopene in the tomatoes protect your skin from the sun. Sun dried tomatoes are not only high in antioxidants, but they also support heart and bone health! On top of which, it will help you maintain the progress you made before the summer, to stay healthy. Add some fresh herbs of your liking to brighten up the colors! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 (15-ounce) container fat-free ricotta cheese
1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil), chopped
¼ cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 scallions, chopped
2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 garlic clove, minced
Small pinch of cayenne
¼ cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced

Directions:

Combine all ingredients, excluding the basil, in a food processor and process it until it reaches a smooth consistency. Transfer it to a serving bowl and stir all of it but 1 tablespoon of basil. Sprinkle with remaining basil for garnish.