Smile-Worthy Recipe

Hot spinach and artichoke dip

Share a laugh over this delicious holiday appetizer that just happens to be packed with nutrients that are good for teeth. The cheese contains calcium for teeth strength, while the artichokes provide vitamin C1 for fighting off and recovering from infection.2 Just make sure to enjoy it with whole-grain crackers, which are better for your smile.

Ingredients:
1 cup frozen spinach, thawed and chopped
1 ½ cups frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and chopped
6 ounces cream cheese
¼ cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup grated parmesan
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:
Boil spinach and artichokes in 1 cup of water until tender. Drain and discard liquid. Heat cream cheese in microwave for 1 minute or until hot and soft. Stir in all remaining ingredients and serve hot.

1 http://artichokes.org/recipes-and-such/health-and-nutrition
2 http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,21261

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