Spinach & feta dip

This dip is the perfect afternoon snack, is great for kids or anyone who just wants something different to dip their veggies in! It's super quick to make and takes very little effort. The results - scrumptious!


As part of our fertility series, we're posting recipes that are full of folate, which is an important vitamin for those who are pregnant or trying to conceive. The spinach in this recipe is packed with folate!

Dark leafy greens are a fantastic source of folate, which we need for a healthy cardiovascular system. Folate is important for preventing neural tube defects in the fetus, and helps avoid spinal cord defects and brain development issues. Spinach has a number of vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, which is good for lowering high blood pressure levels. Spinach has also been proven to help with brain health, mental clarity and memory. We make sure to add lemon juice to this recipe because it helps with the absorption of the iron in spinach.


The greek yogurt in this dip adds to its creaminess, and adds that protein element. Greek yogurt is a great source of probiotics, which is a type of bacteria that we need for a healthy gut. Probiotics are not only important for our gut health, but they're great for controlling blood sugar and blood pressure levels. They can also help boost immunity, battle inflammation, boost our mood and help with cognitive function.


Using feta in here adds that salty element to the dip, and also adds to its creaminess! Feta is a great source of calcium, protein and probiotics too!


The dill is what makes this dip super fresh, but it's also got some nutritional benefits too! It's great for overall digestion and can help relieve some digestive issues. Dill also has vitamins A and C, as well as calcium, magnesium, folate and manganese.


If you recreate this recipe, be sure to post it on Instagram and tag us @lorrainekearneynutrition; we love to see you eating delicious, nutritious foods!

 

Spinach & feta dip

Total: 10 mins

Recipe by Kidspot

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1/2 onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 5oz spinach

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • Juice & zest of 1 lemon

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt

  • 1/2 cup feta, crumbled

  • 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped

  • Black pepper

  • Vegetable sticks to serve

Directions

  1. Add the oil to a skillet on medium heat. Add the garlic and onions and stir until fragrant.

  2. Add in the spinach and stir for a minute until wilted

  3. In a food processor, add the spinach mixture and the rest of the ingredients and pulse until combined.

  4. Serve with vegetable sticks and enjoy!

Remember, eating healthy doesn't have to look boring!

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