Hy-Vee at Midday: Double-Duty Dips

By Kimberly Proctor, Hy-Vee Dietitian

Vegetable tray with ranch dip, seen here on Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at the Cedar Rapids Gazette photo studio in Cedar Rapids. (Amanda LaRae Larkin/The Gazette)

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Double-Duty Dips

Everyone knows that dips make food more fun, but did you know that serving a dip with veggies can actually help picky eaters eat more produce? A study published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that when the children in the study were provided with a taste they enjoyed to go with their vegetables, they not only ate more veggies, they consumed a greater variety as well!

Parents and caregivers often attempt to play “hide and sneak” with veggies. Disguising vegetable purees in popular dishes is one way to boost a youngster’s intake of produce. However, by serving up visible vegetables with dips, kids learn to accept the taste and texture of the real thing.

Dips can be as simple as offering a prepared, reduced-fat salad dressing or spread. The addition of nutrient-rich foods like nut butters, beans, cheese, or yogurts adds great flavor along with an additional nutrition boost. Enjoy these delicious dips for a lunchbox or after-school treat any day!

Peanut Butter Dip
all you need
1 container Hy-Vee light vanilla yogurt
½ cup creamy natural peanut butter
all you do
In a small bowl, stir peanut butter and yogurt until combined. Serve with assorted fresh fruits or vegetables.
Source: Kimberly Proctor, RD LD


Veggie-licious Dip
all you need
2 containers Hy-Vee plain Greek yogurt
1 tbsp white vinegar
2 tbsp minced fresh parsley
2 tbsp minced fresh dill
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
Salt and pepper to taste
all you do
Stir together yogurt and vinegar until smooth. Add parsley, dill, garlic and onion powder and salt and pepper to taste. Serve with assorted fresh vegetables.
Recipe adapted from www.familyfun.com

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