I love when you have such a good weekend that you actually start Monday feeling refreshed and ready to attack the week!
Just to fill you all in…
My weekend was filled with hot yoga, an 8 mile run and TONS of football–and with all that football comes a lot of snacking!
While we’re on the subject of football… AJHKJHJKEHTJKHTKN SAN DIEGO CHARGERS?!?! It’s a true talent for a team to find a new, heartbreaking, creative way to lose a game every single week.
So yes San Diego Chargers, I blame you for giving me game day stress causing me to snack a little too much…oops!
Thankfully, I went into this weekend prepared with healthy snacks planned knowing the football games would get INTENSE!
I whipped up this healthy spinach & artichoke dip for Saturday’s college football games and brought veggies, pita chips and hummus to a friends house for the games on Sunday.
And you know what? EVERYONE LOVED THE HEALTHY OPTIONS!
Never in my life would I have thought that my guy friends would be eating red bell peppers by the handful raving about how delicious hummus is… but they did!
Maybe I’m delusional but I really do think people appreciate when you bring healthy snacks instead of the boring, traditional snacks like chips, crackers, cheese, deli meats…etc.
I know I sure do!
Now let’s talk a little bit more about this spinach & artichoke dip…
Typically spinach & artichoke dip is filled with cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise and other fatty crappy ingredients. Is it absolutely delicious? YES! But is it even remotely good for you? Absolutely not! Instead this spinach & artichoke dip uses cashews, olive oil and goat cheese to achieve the same creamy consistency without sacrificing any flavor.
Seriously, IT’S SO GOOD!!!
I highly recommend dipping sweet potato chips, pita chips, broccoli, cucumbers or red bell peppers into this dip.
- 2 14 oz cans artichoke hearts (chopped)
- 16 oz frozen spinach
- 1 cup roasted unsalted cashews
- 2 Tbsp olive or avocado oil
- 2-4 oz plain goat cheese
- 1 Tbsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- In a large pan saute your artichoke hearts and frozen spinach. Cook until the spinach has thawed (about 5 minutes)
- Meanwhile, place cashews into a food processor and pulse until the are ground into a flour like consistency then add the oil and pulse until a thick nut butter has formed (about 1 minute)
- In a large bowl combine the artichoke/spinach mixture, cashew butter and the rest of the ingredients
- Serve and enjoy hot!
Who is your favorite college or NFL football team?
What’s your favorite thing to snack on during a game?
Do you think people appreciate when you bring healthy options to an event?
And don’t forget to PIN IT!