Want to raise a veggie eater? Tempt your child with these 7 veggie dips for kids.
When I was a child, I ate my veggies, because I was told to do so.
My sister, on the other hand, stuffed her veggies behind the radiator when my parents weren’t looking.
While getting kids to eat their veggies is top of mind for many parents, we know that many children need a little help –in the most positive of ways—to eat them.
Tricks and tactics don’t work. Not in the long run.
Coercion and bribing, and hiding or sneaking veggies, will not give you the lasting results you’re looking for—a child who loves to eat his veggies!
Dips for Kids Can Make a Difference
One thing that may move the needle is a veggie dip.
Kids love to dip their food. I’m not sure if it’s a mechanical process thing, or an independence thing, but most children I have known like to dip their food.
And, if the veggie dip for kids is nutritious, it’s a bonus!
7 Veggie Dip Recipes Your Child Will Love
Try these homemade veggie dips to tempt your child to eat more veggies. There’s a variety here, so feel free to pick and choose!
Blending high protein cottage cheese and herbs not only makes for a flavorful combination, it will also offer up a stick-to-your-ribs punch of protein. The result? Fewer requests for extra snacks.
2. Cottage Cheese Horseradish Dip
Give your child a spicy nudge with this dip. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of horseradish to a cup of cottage cheese and stir. You can make this less spicy by adding less horseradish, or spicier with more!
Greek yogurt also packs a protein punch, while offering versatility for unique flavor combinations. Think of it as a blank slate. It will pick up the flavors you add to it. For example, add bleu cheese and hot sauce for a buffalo version or cucumber and dill for a Greek variation.
What child doesn’t love watermelon?? Note how fruit and veggies are combined in this salsa, allowing for flexibility as a veggie dip, a stand alone spoonful, or a topper for corn chips.
I was drawn by the unique blend of flavors in this dip—spinach, avocado and tomatillos. What a great way to also introduce some new foods and flavors!
This dip blends peanut butter and cream cheese into a smooth dip for veggies and fruit. Yum!
And last but not least…
Every single one of my kiddos loved Ranch dressing when they were young, and some still use it as their go-to salad dressing. This recipe is delicious! We use it for veggies, deli meat, chicken nuggets (of course!) and even fruit.
If making homemade dips is not your cup of tea, don’t worry! I happen to whole-heartedly agree with this post from Sally over at Real Mom Nutrition.
What’s your favorite dip to serve with vegetables?
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This post was originally published in April 2016 | Updated October 2020.