Dips, vegetables, and fruit are an easy healthy kid snack especially for families on the go. Prep your fruit and veggies Sunday afternoon; have a kid mix up the dip for the week. Package as individual snacks, and boom, you’re ready for snack time!
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I’ve rounded up 10 Dip Recipes for Fruit and Veggies sure to please even the pickiest eaters. I know from personal experience that even the most ardent vegetable hater wants to try veggies when there’s a dip on the table.
How to Prepare Vegetables for Picky Kids
A vegetable’s texture can make a huge difference for a kid, especially one already sensitive to textures. Some of my kids love carrots raw; others insist on eating them when they’re soft. One kid will only eat potatoes as french fries. Others will only eat sweet potatoes as puree and not as fries.
If your child objects to the texture of the vegetable, try steaming them. I have a small steamer from Ikea perfect for steaming 1 to 2 cups of vegetables. Most vegetables only need about 3 to 4 minutes of steaming. Too much time and they’re mushy. Leftover steamed vegetables can be used in quick sautes for dinner.
Don’t forget presentation! Make snack time fun by cutting the vegetables into shapes with a knife or cookie cutter. Serve fruit in a special bowl, Silicone Baking Cups, or inside another fruit like an apple or cantalope. Give the snack a fun name. Ants on a log will always be a classic kid snack!
10 Dip Recipes for Veggies and Fruit
Healthy Snack Drawer| The Vintage Modern Wife – Making serving healthy kid snacks easy with this healthy snack drawer. Cut up fruits and veggies that store well on the weekend, and package them for individual snack portions. The kids pull out their own snacks during the week while you prepare the dip.
Snack Idea: Individual Portions of Mixed Fruit | I Can Teach My Child – Set up your healthy kid snack ahead of time with these individual portions of mixed fruit or veggies, or combine fruits and veggies in one muffin cup. Your toddler may be more likely to eat their veggies if they’re mixed in with the fruit.
Apple Dippers | The Gracious Wife – This dip has 3 ingredients and full of protein for long, lasting energy for busy kids. Whip it up in 5 minutes.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Yogurt Fruit Dip | Weary Chef – Lighten the taste of peanut butter and chocolate with yogurt for this fun dip. It’s a great way to sneak dairy, protein, and probiotics into kids during cold and flu season.
Taco Hummus Recipe | The Gracious Wife – It’s Taco Tuesday with a twist!
Caramel Apple Dip | Faith Filled Food for Moms – The perfect dip to go with a platter of fruit for starving teenagers.
3 Dips to Get You and the Kids Eating More Vegetables | Modern Parents Messy Kids – Try each dip for a week, and see if you need to stock up on more vegetables by the end of the week. I dare you!
Veggie and Hummus Cups | The Kitchn – Another way to package your dip and veggies, make these up a few days at a time. Better yet, ask your kids to help you with preparing the cups. They’ll be more likely to eat them when it’s snack time.
Snack Sticks | Simple as That – Sometimes all you need to get kids to eat healthy snacks is the packaging. Focus on long and thin veggies and cut up veggies for this snack.
Veggie Greek Yogurt Dip | A Seat at the Table