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Eat More Vegetables Challenge Day 5: Offer Healthy Dips to Help Veggie-Phobes Munch Down

By Gretel H. Schueller, July 15, 2014 - 3:30pm

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Eat More Vegetables Challenge Day 5: Offer Healthy Dips to Help Veggie-Phobes Munch Down

Even the biggest veggie-phobe will munch down when you offer a delicious dip with crunchy spears of fresh vegetables. Carrots, celery and peppers take on a whole new taste when dunked with a little dip—OK, for some of you perhaps drowned in dip. It’s all good, if the veggies get eaten. And when you pick one of EatingWell’s healthy dip recipes, you really can’t go wrong. (Plus, with our Creamy Spinach Dip Recipe, even the dip has veggies!)

A 2011 Temple University Study found that adding a small amount of dip to a serving of vegetables helped children eat more of them. The study, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, found that offering 2.5 ounces of ranch dressing as a dip increased broccoli consumption by 80 percent. Go dip!

So go ahead and substitute raw vegetables for crackers, pita, tortillas and other breads and then dip away. Slices of bell pepper and cucumber are fresher and healthier than a box of pita chips.

Recipe of the Day: Creamy Spinach Dip
Watch: How to Make Spinach Dip Healthy
How to Make Artichoke Dip Healthy

Recipes to Try: Healthy Guacamole Recipes & More Mexican Dip Recipes
5-Ingredient Dip Recipes
Healthy Bean Dips Recipes

Download a Free Healthy Vegetable Side Dish Recipe Cookbook!

For more tips and recipes, visit our Eat More Vegetables Challenge page.

TAGS: Gretel H. Schueller, Health Blog, Eat More Vegetables Challenge, Health, Nutrition

Gretel H. Schueller
Gretel H. Schueller is an award-winning journalist and book author. A graduate of New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program, she’s put her master's in journalism to good use. While on assignment, she has eaten backyard weeds, harvested cactus buds in an Arizona desert and made goat cheese in Greece.

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