Creamy Greek Feta Dip

As a cheese feta offers surprising benefits not a lot of people think about!
As a cheese, feta offers surprising benefits not a lot of people think about!

Well, the big game is coming up… you know the one I mean… Junior Women’s Etobicoke Dolphins versus the Mississauga Chiefs… what? There’s another big game? … sure, there’s football, hockey AND basketball soon to be moving toward playoffs and/or championships and having game snacks on hand is, for me anyways, a huge part of enjoying the game.

Elsewhere in this blog you can find my take on guacamole, the big game staple. Well, here’s another favourite I urge you to try. It’s great with sliced pita or naan bread, is just as good with nacho chips and is full of yummy stuff: cream cheese, feta, tomato, cucumber, dill…

Let’s not kid ourselves here. This is snack food after all and so should be eaten in moderation. As a cheese, feta is high in sodium and has a high cholesterol content but, it also offers surprising benefits not a lot of people think about!

Feta is usually made from sheep’s or goat’s milk so is easier on people who have trouble or can’t digest cow dairy. It’s a dairy product and so is high in calcium which is good for bone health. It’s also high in Vitamin A which is important for immune function. Also, the combination of vitamin B6 and the amino acid histidine in feta creates small amounts of histamine which can be beneficial for your body if it’s dealing with fatigue, injury or illness. Feta also as an animal milk product is high in protein which has particularly beneficial effects on glucose control, insulin sensitivity, and insulin secretion so help combat development of type 2 Diabetes.

INGREDIENTS:
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
8 ounces feta, crumbled
1/2 medium cucumber, diced
1 lge Roma tomato, diced
1/4 cup chopped black olives 
In a deep bowl add everything together: cream cheese, Greek yogurt, garlic, dill, lemon zest, parsley and lemon juice
In a deep bowl add everything together: cream cheese, Greek yogurt, garlic, dill, lemon zest, parsley and lemon juice
Cream everything together with a hand mixer until smooth
Cream everything together with a hand mixer until smooth
Next, stir in chopped olives, diced cucumber, and tomatoes
Next, stir in chopped olives, diced cucumber, and tomatoes
Finally, fold in chopped Feta and it's ready to serve.  The dip keeps well in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 or 3 days
Finally, fold in chopped Feta and it’s ready to serve. The dip keeps well in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 or 3 days

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