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A low-calorie spinach artichoke dip that's delicious? It does exist!

/ Source: TODAY

"Hey, there's spinach in this—it's healthy!" That's the excuse heard at many a sports bar as groups of friends hoover up bubbling crocks of spinach artichoke dip while watching Sunday afternoon football…but with all the cheese, mayonnaise and heavy cream, it's anything but a healthy snack.

Swap this secret ingredient for heavy cream in our healthy summer casserole

Here, in our homemade version, no excuses are necessary for splurging. This lightened-up spinach artichoke dip ditches the heavy cream and handfuls of cheese without losing any of that comforting creaminess. And at 150 calories per serving, it's an indulgence you can totally afford. Double—or triple!—the recipe for big gatherings; trust us, it'll go quickly!

Casey Barber is a freelance food writer, photographer, and recipe developer, the editor of the online magazine Good. Food. Stories, and the author of Pierogi Love: New Takes on an Old-World Comfort Food and Classic Snacks Made from Scratch: 70 Homemade Versions of Your Favorite Brand Name Treats.