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Going to try these to see if I can get my kiddos to eat more veggies - I think they'll especially like #3!

{In the Kitchen} Three Dips to Get Kids to Eat More Vegetables

Having my kids home for the summer means constant grazing.  Sure we eat regular meals, but when the kids are swimming and playing hard they need an extra snack or two.

I like to cut up all my vegetables at the beginning of the week and then mix it up with a few dips.

Let’s face it, vegetables alone are a hard sell.  I’ve perfected three dips that I know my kids will enjoy.  And the more the dip, the more vegetables they eat!

The first is similar to ranch dip, but a little healthier. The flavor is vibrant, so if your little one likes a mild dip, cut the amount of herbs in half.  My kids like to dip snap peas, peppers and cucumbers in this dip.

Herbed Ranch Veggie Dip

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons chives, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper

Mix well with a spoon.  The softer the cream cheese, the easier this will be to mix.

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I also like to make hummus for my kids.  Traditional hummus with garbanzo beans and lots of garlic is a little too much for my kids’ taste.  Instead, I make a white bean hummus.  I love that they are getting lots of protein with every dip.  We love this dip with vegetables and flat bread.

White Bean Hummus

  • 1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tablespoon tahini
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp. salt

Throw everything into your blender and blend until you have a smooth consistency.  I use a VitaMix, so it only takes about 20 seconds.

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When my kids are craving something sweet I’ll put out a plate of celery and carrot sticks with this peanut butter honey dip.  It’s so easy to make, but the combination makes it taste like a fancy dip that took all afternoon.

Peanut Butter Honey Dip

  • 1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Tablespoons honey

Stir until thoroughly combined.

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Question of the Day

What’s your kids’ favorite way to eat their veggies?

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Kristin is a former teacher turned children’s photographer in southern California. Visit her website to read all about her adventures in photography, cooking, and her love of style.

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Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen July 29, 2014 at 8:56 pm

I love these dip ideas! I’m always looking for ways to get my kids to eat more veggies. Lucky for me, they do like traditional hummus but your white bean version looks super yummy as well!

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Janice July 30, 2014 at 5:26 am

The ranch recipe lists cream cheese twice. Can you clarify, please?

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Linda July 30, 2014 at 4:26 pm

I am wondering that also, maybe it is supposed to be a different ingredient?

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kristin eldridge July 30, 2014 at 9:17 pm

You’re right! It’s my typo. The recipe should read 1/4 cup mayo instead of cream cheese the second time. We’ll get that fixed. Thanks for catching it!

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Adrienne July 30, 2014 at 7:09 am

Those sound great… They might motivate me to eat my veggies better right alongside my kids! ;) Especially the hummus… since I’m a hippie, I guess I’m supposed to like it but it is not my favorite. I can definitely see liking it better with white beans!

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