Serving dip with veggies is a surprisingly simple way to encourage kids to eat veggies.

The act of dipping fun for kids. Plus, the flavor and familiarity of dip can help lessen the intensity of new or bitter flavors. In fact, research shows that young kids are 80 percent more likely to eat bitter vegetables, like broccoli, when they’re served with dip.

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How to Serve Dip At Home

One question people often ask me is, how do I serve dip? After all, as much as kids love dip, most don’t like it when a globby mess runs all over their plate and touches everything on it.

A while ago, I bought a variety of little sauce dishes from Crate and Barrel and CB2. They don’t have the same ones anymore, but they are similar to this one and this one, both priced at under $2.00 each.

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At that bargain price, these little bowls are undoubtedly one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. In addition to using them as dipping bowls, I also use them to introduce small servings of new foods. Having the new food separate from the main dish is always way less intimidating to my kids. We also use them to create a smorgasbord of toppings for theme-nights like “make your own salad” and “make your own pizza.” And they help us to monitor serving size for more calorically-dense foods, like trail mix or nuts.

How to Serve Dip In A Lunchbox

When I’m packing a dip in their lunch boxes, which goes a long way in making sure my kids eat whatever veggies I pack for them, we use small stainless steel versions by Lunchbots and PlanetBox.

They’re both high-quality, have never leaked and the kids are able to get the lids off without needing help.

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What kind of dip is best?

In my mind, the point of dip – other than being delicious – is to encourage kids to eat foods they might otherwise not. So, I don’t get too hung up on the kind of dip they eat, as long as my kids use it to eat more veggies.

My daughter loves Ranch dip and Marinara sauce. My son, who has more quirky tastes, prefers Baba Ganoush and BBQ sauce.

In general, my rules for buying pre-made dips are the same as anything else I buy: choose ones that have the least added sugar and no artificial colors or flavors.

Reader question: what dipping tips and tricks do you have? Share in the comments below!

 

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