Holiday Recipe Remix: Spinach Goatichoke Dip

by Elle Penner, MPH, RD
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Holiday Recipe Remix: Spinach Goatichoke Dip

For the final installment of the Holiday Recipe Remix series, Elle, our Registered Dietitian tackled one of our all-time favorite cheesy, creamy appetizers. Don’t be thrown off by the name, this twist on the ever-popular spinach artichoke dip will have you more than double-dipping those pita chips.

MyFitnessPal user Susan submitted a classic recipe, laden with cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise which translated into 10 grams of fat in just 1/4 cup. Mind you, that’s only about 4-5 pita chips-worth of dip! As part of our Holiday Recipe Remix Contest, Elle took Susan’s recipe and not only made it healthier but simpler, too.

This Spinach Goatichoke dip contains just 4 ingredients: artichokes, spinach, Greek yogurt, and goat cheese. Elle figured, “why make it complicated when four ingredients satisfies every one of those spinach-artichoke loving tastebuds?”

By substituting goat cheese and Greek yogurt for the cream cheese, sour cream, and mayo, Elle was able to keep the tang and creaminess with a lot less fat and calories than the standard dip. It also has way more protein.

Per 1/4 cup serving, this Spinach Goatichoke Dip has:

  • Nearly 40 fewer calories
  • Half the fat
  • 50% more protein – over 7 grams in a serving!

Here, Elle explains how she remixed this recipe:

The recipe is below–just be sure to log your double-dips in MyFitnessPal! To find this food, simply search Holiday Recipe Remix in the food database. There you’ll find the full nutrition info and be able add this delicious dip to your food diary.

Goatichoke nutrition

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For submitting her recipe, Susan will be receiving a snazzy MyFitnessPal apron, a Withings Smart Body Analyzer scale, a cookbook from Cooking Light, and a Fitbug Orb!

If you missed any of the previous remixed recipes, check them out below!

Spicy, Not Sinful Pumpkin Spice Latte • Sweet Potato Pecan Tart

Sausage Egg Nests • Fresh Green Bean Casserole • Not-So-Naughty Eggnog

That’s a wrap on this Holiday Recipe Remix, but stay tuned – we just might get into some remix action in the ’14.


The MyFitnessPal Team


  • Susan

    Thank you MFP! Today I received the Cooking Light Cookbook and the Awesome Wthings Smart Body Analyzer! Thank you for this awesome contest and for MFP!

  • Little_Monster

    This actually looks delicious regardless of calories or macros! No spices though? Garlic, red pepper, black pepper?

  • SarahJ89

    I’m not finding this in the database. And putting percentages as nutrition information isn’t terribly helpful at all. Why not just cut to the chase and give us the specific counts–and NOT as an image?