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It’s snack time – what are your kids eating?

I’ve talked about snacks before on my blog and how they can often be a challenge for parents.  In that same post I gave some guidelines on what makes a good snack, why they are important and gave you a recipe for Healthy Snack Cookies.

But that was ages ago and I haven’t posted a snack recipe since.  Shame on me!  So today, I redeem myself.

I’m always trying to find ways to incorporate vegetables into Tyson’s snacks.  He does enjoy raw veggies on their own, but I think even as adults we can agree that this can get boring after a while.  Plus, since I am a big advocate of set snack times, I want his snacks to be more nutritionally complete by incorporating protein and fat.

So I always pair those raw veggies with some sort of dip.  This adds that much-needed protein and fat to keep Tyson going until dinner.  Plus if it’s super yummy, kids will eat just about any vegetable dipped in it.  Oh, and dipping is FUN.  Messy, but fun.

We do eat hummus quite often, but truthfully it’s never been Tyson’s favourite for some reason.  So I’ve been experimenting with different dip ideas.  This particular recipe was inspired by my recent foray into homemade greek yogurt, and also my obsession with avocados.

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Avocado Cucumber Dip

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: n/a

Ingredients

1 avocado, peeled and diced
1 1/2 cups of peeled, diced cucumber
1/2 cup of plain, full fat greek yogurt
juice from 1/2 lemon
2 tbsp chopped fresh mint (or basil)

Directions

1.  Place all ingredients into blender or food processor.
2.  Blend until smooth.

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The flavours are unique but go really well together.  Some kids may be new to herbs such as mint and basil but don’t leave them out – simply start with a just little and increase the amount as they get used to it.  Remember, you should always be looking to expand kids’ flavour horizons.

This dip makes any vegetable taste decadent.  Tyson and I have been eating a variety of raw vegetables lately.  Why not be creative and go beyond the typical carrot, celery, cucumber favourites?  Try serving raw cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, turnip, string beans, radishes, asparagus, or zucchini.   This recent study found that offering kids a variety of fruits and vegetables increases the likelihood of them eating any at all.   So go crazy and serve a whole bunch for the snack, and let your child choose what and how much they want to eat.  And this type of snack doesn’t need to be limited to older kids.  For younger children, simply steam the veggies so they are a little softer but still dip-able.

I’ve used this Cucumber Avocado Dip for so much more than raw vegetables – use it as a dip for crackers, chicken, shrimp, or even as a salad dressing.   In fact, when made with mint it actually goes really well with fruit, especially melon.  Or you could just eat it with a spoon like Tyson does once his vegetables are gone.

Enjoy…and I promise there will be more snack ideas to come soon!

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