One of my favorite magic tricks is turning classic albeit unhealthy comfort foods into good-for-you snacks. Feel like a Twix bar? Dates, nut butter, and maple syrup easily replace that sugary caramel. Mac-and-cheese? Pumpkin, coconut milk, and nutritional yeast creates a creamy texture more velvety than Velveeta. And then there’s artichoke dip, a party favorite.
You’d think from the name that artichoke dip would be healthy, but (sorry) it’s often not. Heaps of cheese, cream cheese, and mayonnaise pretty much cancel out the spinach and artichoke. Here’s the thing though: If you let the namesake vegetables be the star of the show, it makes for a truly nutritious snack.
Well+Good Wellness Council member McKel Hill, RDN, celebrates spinach artichoke dip as intended, allowing each healthy ingredient to shine. In addition to spinach and artichoke, Hill’s recipe calls for cauliflower, cashews, unsweetened almond milk, nutritional yeast, garlic, dijon mustard, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and gut-friendly miso. Scoop it up right up with crudités and tortilla chips, or use it as a sauce on vegetables and pasta.
Hill’s makeover of artichoke dip also makes it vegan and dairy-free in the process. All the fiber with none of the digestive distress? Now that’s a wellness win. Head to Hill’s site for the full recipe.
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