All your favorite restaurants feature a delicious, creamy, perfectly salty and mouthwatering Artichoke Spinach Dip. While they may be a party pleaser, these dips are anything BUT pleasing on the waistline.

 

 

Nearly all of the large chains that serve this melt-in-your-mouth appetizer boast calorie counts of over 1200 a serving. Yep, you read that right!!! Add that to around 75 grams of fat or more (a good half of that saturated!) and you’re well on your way to hitting your quota for the day and it’s just the STARTER! Even if you share it, load up a few chips or buttery bread with it and it’ll still wreak havoc on your fitness journey.

 

Since it’s so hard to resist, we decided to head to the test kitchen to find a healthier-for-you alternative you can serve at your next summer get together! All the flavor and none of the guilt!

 

What you need:

  • 2 cans artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 10-oz package frozen spinach, thawed and thoroughly drained
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 oz (half a block) Light cream cheese, at room temp
  • ¼ cup Light mayo
  • ¾ cup nonfat Greek yogurt, at room temp
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Handful of fresh Italian Parsley, chopped
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Juice of 1 small lemon

 

What you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Mix cream cheese, yogurt, mayo, garlic, lemon juice, parsley, salt, pepper, and ½ the Parmesan cheese until smooth.
  3. Gently fold in the artichoke and spinach.
  4. Spread in baking dish and bake for about 20 minutes – look for small bubbles around the edges.
  5. Sprinkle remaining Parmesan cheese on top, and bake until the top is golden brown, about another 5-10 minutes.
  6. Serve it warm with celery sticks, green bell pepper slices or whole grain pita chips.