Fun Dips: A Healthy Alternative to the Lunchbox

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While sandwiches are quick and easy lunch box fare, it’s nice to occasionally pack up a creative surprise for the kids to eat, and what could be better than small bites of dunk-able food accompanied by a side of dip?

dips_for_kidsMost kids love dipping their foods, hence the extreme popularity of ketchup. It allows them to eat bite-sized goods with their fingers, and if lunch is fun it’s more likely to be eaten. Often made with a bean or yogurt base, dips are also an excellent vehicle for incorporating a little extra protein in the lunch box.

Dips don’t have to mean a lunch composed of only fruits and vegetables. Whole grain nacho chips, crackers, slices of chicken and waffles are also great little dippers, and provide a nutritious alternative to typical fare.

Dip Recipes for School Lunches

Easy Hummus with Roasted Red Peppers

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup roasted red peppers, drained from a jar
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon dill
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Using a food processor or blender, process all ingredients until smooth.

Serve with pita wedges, crackers and veggies.

Store the leftover in a lidded container for up to one week.

Other Dip Ideas for Kids

  • Apple Dip – Made with cream cheese, this protein dense dip is perfect for a platter of fruit.
  • Pizza Dip – A fun alternative to pizza, this dip can be used for breads and veggies.
  • Honey Mustard Dip – Leftover chicken tenders quickly transform to a lunch-worthy meal with this dipping sauce.
  • White Bean Dip – Packed with protein, this dip is lovely when accompanied by warmed pita wedges and/or crusty bread.
  • Layered Nacho Dip – Surprised the kids and give them this deconstructed taco for lunch. Pack the dip in a lidded container and give them taco shells and wraps to be torn for dipping.

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