When Mason’s being a picky little pill at mealtime, I add a dip to the mix, and watch him dig in. Last night, for example, he was more interested in his toy cars than dinner, so I added a dish of hummus to his tray, and suddenly he was gobbling up the strawberries, blueberries, grapes, and multi-grain crackers on his plate. (Sadly the pasta sat untouched, but you can’t win ’em all!) Sometime he eats dip by the spoonful, but since we give him healthy dips, I don’t mind. These ideas have worked for us. Any of your own ideas to add?
Eggplant Dip — Multi-grain crackers, bell pepper, tomatoes, chicken.
Cucumber-Yogurt Dip — Bell pepper, carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, chicken.
Ketchup — Mason likes everything better with ketchup.
(I like Annie’s natural ketchup because it doesn’t have sugar or corn syrup.)
Hummus — Try it with chicken, bell peppers, carrots, cucumber, and apple slices.
Make it or buy it at the store; we like Sabra’s classic and roasted red pepper hummus
Peanut Sauce — Try it on chicken and lamb.
Guacamole — Try mild to medium guacamole on carrot sticks, toasted pita wedges, and tomatoes.
Photo: Eggplant Dip, BHG.com