By Gretel H. Schueller, July 1, 2013 - 9:30am
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.
For more tips and recipes, visit our Eat More Vegetables Challenge page.