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?
Most 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.