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As a part of being pregnant, I am naturally attracted to decadent foods right now. Give me frozen custard, cheesy carbs, and nachos. Spicy chicken fettucine pasta with a side of loaded mashed potatoes. Deep dish pizza with every topping under the sun. I seem to go on food benders where I can’t get enough of all my fatty foods for a couple days and then I reign it in for a while. Lately, I’ve been trying to think of how I can control my cravings with something a touch healthier that will still hit the spot. That’s how I came up with the idea of using Lifeway Kefir to make spinach artichoke dip! 

healthy spinach artichoke dip 2Here is the recipe I came up with, hot and fresh out of the oven! 

Healthy Kefir Spinach Artichoke Dip
a healthier way to enjoy this delicious appetizer!
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Ingredients
  1. 14 oz. can of artichoke hearts (drained)
  2. 10 oz. of frozen chopped spinach (drained)
  3. 8 oz. of plain kefir
  4. 1 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  5. 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  6. 1 clove minced garlic
  7. 3 tablespoons chopped red pepper
  8. salt/pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients besides the chopped red pepper. Make sure to properly drain the artichoke hearts and the spinach. You may have to press the spinach to really get the liquid out. Bake all of these ingredients at 350 for 25 minutes. When done, sprinkle with your red pepper. Serve with crackers or a baguette!
Notes
  1. For a creamier version, combine 4 oz. of plain kefir with 4 oz. of cream cheese in this recipe!
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It’s safe to say the star of the show was Lifeway Kefir. If you’re not familiar, kefir is like the smoother cousin of yogurt. It comes in many different flavors. I used plain for this recipe, but I saw many other fruity flavors when I was grocery shopping. Lifeway Kefir contains 12 live and active Probiotic cultures that support the immune system and balance digestive health. It’s naturally gluten free, 99% lactose free, and contains no artificial sweeteners. For those who are concerned about GMO’s, it is free from those as well. Don’t forget to check for a coupon before you shop!

lifeway kefir.jpgThis specific recipe is healthy choice that still hits the spot for me. It’s not as rich and creamy as some of the thicker, fattier, spinach artichoke dips can be, but that’s why I like it. What’s great is that you can sub out some of the kefir for cream cheese to make it thicker, and you can add more cheese or garlic if you tend to like those flavors. Just make sure to properly drain everything or you’ll end up with spinach artichoke soup! 

kefir spinach artichoke dip.jpgMaking this dip really got me excited about kefir. My daughter is in a very picky food stage right now and besides milk and juice and a couple select go-to foods, I am having a very hard time getting her to choke anything down. She is in a stage where she will look inside the fridge when it’s open and point at the things she wants to try. She pointed to the bottle of plain kefir, and I let her try it. She didn’t like the plain, but I have faith that when I pick up some of the flavored kefir on my next grocery trip, that it will be a hit. 

Have you tried kefir? Would you use it in a recipe?

 

28 Comments on A Healthy Recipe- Spinach Artichoke Dip Made With Kefir

  1. BeautyJudy
    July 21, 2014 at 10:56 am (3 years ago)

    I haven’t tried kefir, but I need to try that recipe so I might soon!!!

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  2. jamie @makeuplifelove
    July 21, 2014 at 10:56 am (3 years ago)

    That looks sooooooo yummy!!! Totally trying this out! Love that you made it a easy recipe to print too.

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  3. Allison @neversaydiebeauty
    July 21, 2014 at 11:06 am (3 years ago)

    Interesting idea to use kefir and mozzarella instead of mayo and sour cream. I love the blueberry kefir but have never tried the regular

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  4. Phyrra
    July 21, 2014 at 11:27 am (3 years ago)

    I love spinach and artichoke dip

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  5. Aleya Bamdad
    July 21, 2014 at 3:31 pm (3 years ago)

    I love spinach artichoke dips but hate the calories. I’ll be sure to try this.

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  6. Betzy Carmona
    July 21, 2014 at 4:52 pm (3 years ago)

    This is probably one of my favorite appetizers ever ! I will have to try out this recipe

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  7. Miranda Mendoza
    July 21, 2014 at 4:53 pm (3 years ago)

    YUM!! I love spinach and artichoke dip! Will bookmark for a party I’m going to later on.

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  8. Eugenia
    July 21, 2014 at 5:41 pm (3 years ago)

    YUM YUM YUM! Get in my tummy!

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  9. Anastasia
    July 21, 2014 at 6:36 pm (3 years ago)

    Yummm! That recipe looks delicious!

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  10. Pammy Blogs Beauty
    July 21, 2014 at 7:50 pm (3 years ago)

    oooooooh! I am so hungry now, lol. This dip looks amazing!

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  11. Ange
    July 21, 2014 at 8:18 pm (3 years ago)

    Super yum!! Adding this to our dip menu!!

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  12. cindyprimebeauty
    July 21, 2014 at 11:03 pm (3 years ago)

    Looks yummy!

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  13. Nidia Doherty
    July 22, 2014 at 12:17 am (3 years ago)

    I’ve enjoyed flavored Kefir. I wouldn’t have thought to use it in a dip, but I think it would be great with half cream cheese. I love cream cheese.

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  14. Mai
    July 22, 2014 at 12:33 am (3 years ago)

    Oh yummy yummy, I love spinach and artichoke dip!

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  15. FabZilla_Kath
    July 22, 2014 at 12:45 am (3 years ago)

    Nom, totally trying this out. Thanks for sharing your yummy recipe

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  16. Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries
    July 22, 2014 at 2:41 am (3 years ago)

    Spinach dip is one of my favourite things in the world. This is a very unique take on it.

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  17. Sheila Arkee
    July 22, 2014 at 11:16 am (3 years ago)

    I would never have thought to put Kefir in a dip! Great recipe!

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  18. Norah Salazar
    July 22, 2014 at 3:56 pm (3 years ago)

    That dip looks so yummy!

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  19. Honeygirlk
    July 22, 2014 at 4:30 pm (3 years ago)

    Yours is surely much healthier than mine, mine is naughty… but it looks delish and sounds delish so I’m gonna try it.

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  20. Cosmetic Sanctuary
    July 22, 2014 at 9:36 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh YUM!!

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  21. GlitteryGlossy
    July 24, 2014 at 6:26 am (3 years ago)

    I love Spinach Dip, thanks for the recipe!

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