It’s the holiday season, which means that you’re probably going to—or may even host—a party or two, or three. The last thing you want to hear from any of your family or friends is, “Where’s the dip?” and not have one prepared.
Let’s face it: A holiday get-together is incomplete without a big bowl of grub-worthy dip surrounded by a platter of bread, vegetables and/or chips.
If there’s one standard dip that’s guaranteed to please just about everyone at your party, it’s the classic spinach artichoke dip. Spinach artichoke dip isn’t only delicious, it’s also packed with lots of healthy nutrients. And if you really want to up your dip game this year (and score extra points with your friends), we suggest infusing it with cannabis.
The benefits of spinach are almost legendary, thanks largely to that cartoon sailor named Popeye. Whenever Popeye saw trouble brewing, he’d eat a can of spinach, and suddenly his biceps would bulge like bowling balls. While the Popeye cartoon may have exaggerated spinach’s effects on the body, there are definitely big health benefits to be had from this leafy green.
For one, spinach is loaded with iron, which improves red blood cell function. As you may remember from high school biology, red blood cells transport oxygen through the body, and they increase your energy levels.
Your bones will also thank you for eating spinach, because of the plant’s high levels of vitamin K and calcium. One cup of cooked spinach provides a quarter of your daily recommended calcium intake, and there’s hardly any other food on the planet that can match spinach’s vitamin K content.
Even your eyes get to enjoy the benefits of spinach due to the high vitamin A content. One single cup of boiled spinach provides an entire day’s worth of vitamin A.
Finally, spinach is also a great source of:
Meanwhile, the artichoke was once considered a delicacy by the Ancient Greeks and Romans. We’d like to think this was because of its nutritional benefits, but it probably had more to do with the fact that they thought the artichoke was an aphrodisiac.
While we can’t make any claims for the artichoke’s ability to get you in the mood, this vegetable is at least packed with nutrients. To start, it’s one of the best sources of antioxidants, which help protect your body against cancer and heart disease.
Thanks to its high fiber content, artichokes also promote regular bowel movements. The cynarin in this vegetable promotes improved liver health and helps fight against bad cholesterol. Artichokes have even been found to be effective at preventing skin cancer.
Additionally, artichokes are a good source of:
So now that you know why spinach and artichokes are so good for you, why not combine all these health benefits into a delicious cannabis-infused dip?
When making a cannabis-infused dip of any kind, it’s important to keep the fat content relatively high. The cannabinoids in cannabis, like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), are fat-soluble, meaning they’re absorbed by fat in the body when eaten. The more fat that’s in food, the better the body can access the cannabinoids.
Luckily, spinach artichoke dip tends to have a pretty high fat content anyway, and the following cannabis-infused version is no different. For this rendition, we’ve kept things as simple as possible—all you really need to do is mix the ingredients together and throw them in the oven. So without further ado, let’s get started.
Makes approximately 10 servings.
How to Make Cannabis-Infused Spinach Artichoke Dip
Photo credit: Melissa Walker Horn
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