Dunk 'em, Dip 'em, Enjoy those veggies

Did you know that eating vegetables with dip could help your kids eat more vegetables? A recent study from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that kids ate 80% more broccoli when it was served with ranch dressing as a dip. Other healthy dips you can try with your child include salsa, yogurt, hummus or peanut butter.  You can also try the unique and tasty dip recipes below with your child:

Creamy Pesto Dip

  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 2 Tbsp pesto (find a quick pesto recipe here

cottage cheese and pesto in bowls
Directions: Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor, blend until smooth and creamy.
cut veggies with dip
Serve chilled alongside your favorite vegetables.

Honey Mustard Hummus

  • 1-15oz can white cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

hummus ingredients
Directions:  Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor, blend until smooth and creamy.
cut veggies with hummus
Serve chilled alongside your favorite vegetables!

veggies and multiple dips
*Store pesto sauce in airtight container in refrigerator for up to one week. Pesto freezes well. Freeze in ice cube trays, and then store frozen pesto cubes in plastic freezer bags in freezer for up to 6 months. Pesto may also be frozen in small jars or plastic containers for up to 9-12 months.

Recipes from Super Healthy Kids www.superhealthykids.com

Submitted by Amber Porter, graduate student with EFNEP, located at NC A&T State University.

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