Healthier Spinach Dip & Healthy Holiday Appetizers

Munchies, appetizers, starters, aperitif, whatever you want to call them, those little snacks to whet your appetite before a meal are some of my favorite foods. Often we make a meal of little apps. A cocktail party can be so delicious!

As the holiday season rolls around, you’re going to want to have a few little bites available to your guests as they gather in your home and await the main meal. Oftentimes, hostesses lean toward traditional, albeit not-that-good-for-you favorites, like spinach dip, cheese balls, chips, and potato skins.

But, while the traditional may be “not so healthy,” that doesn’t mean we can’t produce some new and improved versions of old favorites.

One thing that I try to avoid these days are processed foods and seasoning packets. Instead, I create my own from scratch with herbs, spices, and fresh ingredients. This year I decided to tackle the holiday classic, Spinach Dip.

The traditional favorite still boasts spinach, but the sour cream and mayonnaise have been replaced by plain yogurt and cream cheese. Vegetable soup mix, often laden with MSG, gives way to dried herbs and spices. This still allows you to keep the ingredients on hand in your pantry and freezer without a lot of extra junk.

Serve with fresh vegetable dippers and whole grain crackers for a healthy app.

Healthify Your Holiday Appetizers

In this video, I share some other ideas for healthifying your pre-meal munchies.

It’s not too hard to combine homemade items with a few storebought items for simple and delicious food that isn’t too bad for you.

Ready for a healthier holiday? Visit my fellow Healthy Holiday bloggers for great inspiration in planning a nutritious and delicious holiday meal. Not only are we providing healthier dishes for every course of your holiday meal, but we’ll also be talking turkey at a Twitter party on Wednesday night. Be there or be square!

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Comments

  1. I can not wait to try this! We like to make a big bread bowl and serve it with the bread that was hollowed out of the bowl – yum!

  2. Mmmmm!!! Looks delish. Thanks for sharing this with us. I can’t wait to see your other recipes :)

  3. AllieZirkle says:

    I like the pesto hummus idea. I have some pesto ice cubes & hummus stashed in the freezer. I’ll just thaw them together the night before. Cold in the center will help it stay colder longer when out on the table!

    :) Allie

  4. Ah, thank you so much for a healthier spinach dip! It’s one of my favorites but I will admit, the last time I made it, I was so not digging the vegetable soup seasoning packet. :P So excited to try this one!

  5. AllieZirkle says:

    So I printed out this recipe. Could you clarify the carrot? Is there carrot in this? It’s no in the ingredients list but it’s in the directions

    “Stir in onion, carrot, celery flakes, thyme, parsley, garlic, and pepper.”

    :) Allie

    • @AllieZirkle, sorry! I was still thinking it through when I typed it and then changed it when I made it. Guess I missed that part when I edited it. LOL. I had originally envisioned adding 1 Tablespoon grated carrot. But, then when I made it, I didn’t do that. I think it would be good in it since it’s a tangy dip. The sweetness of the carrot might add a nice element. Let me know if you try it.

  6. Yogurt! Brilliant! I was looking for an alternative to heavier cream cheese dips- this is perfect!

  7. What type of yogurt did you use? I’m curious if Greek yogurt will work?

  8. I don’t think I’ve actually ever made spinach dip (with the soup mix or otherwise), but I do enjoy eating it. Haven’t had it in awhile though… I’m putting this recipe in the box and will make it soon. Thanks!

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