Looking for something healthy to bring to a St. Patrick’s Day party?

Green grape pops
Place short kabob sticks into green grapes, dip into your favorite low fat yogurt, then coat the green grape pops in crushed pistachios and place in your freezer. After a few hours, enjoy a sweet, crunchy frozen treat.

Pistachios are nutrient-dense nuts with healthy fiber, fats, and antioxidants that can contribute to a reduced risk of heart disease.

Spinach Dip
Are you craving an appetizer too? Combine the following ingredients in an oven-safe container and bake at 350ºF for 20 minutes:

  • 1 to 2 cups nonfat plain Greek yogurt  
  • ½ to 1 cups part skim, shredded mozzarella cheese  
  • 6 to 8 ounces nonfat cream cheese
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning blend
  • 1 or 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 10 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and drained

*Ingredient amounts suggested: please alter ingredient amounts when making this colorful dip to fit your taste buds. 

Your appetizer will be a delicious and healthier version of a hot spinach dip. Sugar snap peas, broccoli, sliced cucumbers, and celery are tasty green dippers to add to your St. Patrick’s Day dip.

Spinach provides fiber, magnesium, and calcium, and it’s an excellent source of folate, vitamin A, vitamin K, and iron. Frozen spinach retains more of its nutrients because it is frozen rapidly allowing your healthier spinach dip to be a pot of nutritious gold.

These recipes were provided by Kaitlin Mock, a bariatric dietitian at WVU Medicine.