Kids like dip. You can get kids to eat pretty much any vegetable if you let them dip it in something. I don’t know if it’s the act of dipping itself or the flavor-covering qualities of said dip or a combination of the two. Regardless of what is behind this sorcery, giving your kids a variety of tasty and good-for-them dips can help expand their mealtime repertoire as well as their palates. There are a few quick and easy dips you can make at home to ensure they are kid-friendly and free from any artificial ingredients or preservatives.
This protein-rich condiment has been around for centuries, but many of the commercially produced pre-made versions available in stores are filled with preservatives. Additionally, they usually contain heavy amounts of garlic and seasonings that can be overpowering to sensitive young tastebuds. But you can make your own hummus at home in a few easy steps. Just combine one can of organic garbanzo beans (drained) with 3 tablespoons of organic olive oil, 1/2 a teaspoon of lemon juice and a pinch of salt in your blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and it’s ready to serve with cucumbers, carrots, celery and a whole bunch of other veggies that don’t start with the letter C.
Creamy Herb Dip
Lots of kids love ranch dressing. Personally, I’m not a fan, but I distinctly remember loving it before I turned 25. Go figure. But since most bottled dressings are, again, a smorgasbord of chemical additives, it’s something I know a lot of Bombshells out there want to get away from. Instead, try mixing 1/2 a cup of plain organic Greek yogurt with 1 teaspoon of Frontier Naturals Salt-Free All Purpose Seasoning. This is a great one to whip up in an instant when unexpected guest drop by, as well, since it’s an instant crowd pleaser.
Cinnamon Sunbutter Butter Whip
Admittedly, this sweet treat works with limited vegetables as opposed to fruits, but it’s a home run for play dates and classroom parties as it’s completely nut-free. Using an electric mixer or an electric hand-beater, whip together 1 cup creamy organic sunbutter with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract. If you’re in a hurry, stir it all together by hand, it tastes just as delicious. Serve with celery sticks, apple slices, or jicama.