With my group of friends, there is always spinach dip at our parties. One reason we have spinach dip is because it is so easy to make. Reason number two is because just about everyone loves it. However, with the amount of mayonnaise and sour cream mixed in, it almost reduces any health benefits of the spinach. Luckily, there’s a healthier way to enjoy this classic party appetizer.
Found on the Eating Well website, this healthy Creamy Spinach Dip uses reduced-fat cream cheese, cottage cheese and nonfat plain yogurt as the substitution for mayonnaise and sour cream. According to the site, this lighter version will save you 84 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving versus the traditional way of making spinach dip. Think about it. That’s a few flight of stairs worth of calories. Not to mention the fat.
Ready to learn how to make this easy, healthy and delicious spinach dip for your next holiday party?
Here’s the recipe (serves 10):
(Healthy) Creamy Spinach Dip Ingredients
· 1 small shallot, peeled
· 1 (5-ounce) can water chestnuts, rinsed (you can use or not, I usually don’t)
· ½ cup reduced-fat cream cheese
· ¼ cup nonfat plain yogurt
· 1 tablespoon lemon juice
· ½ teaspoon salt
· 6 ounces baby spinach
· 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
· Freshly ground pepper to taste
Time: Prep time – 15 minutes
Pulse shallot and water chestnuts in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Add cream cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pulse until just combined. Add spinach and chives and pulse until incorporated.
Tip – Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Stir before serving.
Serve with pita chips (Stacy’s Pita Chips), baked chips or vegetables such as carrots or celery.
Serving size – 1/4 cup
Per serving: 50 calories, 3 gms fat (2 gms sat fat), 1 gm fiber, 3 gms carbohydrates, 3 gms protein, 10 gms cholesterol, 2 gms sugars, 1766 IU vitamin A, 6 mg vitamin C, 56 mg calcium, 1 mg iron, 209 mg sodium, 152 mg potassium
So, what do you think? Sound easy and yummy? I think so. And next time, this recipe by Eating Well will definitely be the way I make it. I won’t tell the hubby though because I want to see if he notices the difference.
Have a favorite healthy holiday recipe?? Please send it to me because I would love to share it with everyone.
Be well my friends!
Pics – dip by EatingWell, pita chips by Stacy’s, veggies & spinach pic by pixabay