Little ones love dipping their food. Introducing foods with a delicious dip is a great way to get your baby or toddler to eat healthy food that they normally may turn down (in other words, uncooked, unpureed fruits and vegetables).
Here are three healthy, kid-friendly dips that your little ones will love and you will feel good about them dipping (and re-dipping!) their food in. All three are yogurt-based and include simple ingredients, so you’ll be able to whip them up in no time! They are also designed to be made fresh in small batches (perfect for a few kids), but all scale up easily. So whether you are making a snack for your kids, or looking for a great recipe for a party, these three are perfect!
Healthy Cinnamon Bun Yogurt Dip
- 1 cup Stonyfield Smooth & Creamy French Vanilla Yogurt (whole milk or lowfat)
- 3 ounces cream cheese (softened)
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar (optional – for a little added sweetness)
Directions: Combine yogurt and softened cream cheese using a small food processor, hand mixer or by hand (I find it easiest to add the yogurt slowly in batches to the cream cheese – it can be a bit tricky to combine). Mix in cinnamon and brown sugar.
This dip is perfect for fruit, especially apples!
Simple, Two-Ingredient Yogurt Fruit Dip
- 1 cup Stonyfield yogurt (any fruit or vanilla flavor)
- 1/3 cup whipped dessert topping
Directions: Mix slightly defrosted dessert topping (let it sit at room temperature until it is no longer frozen) with yogurt until combined. PS – if you’ve tried truwhip™ it’s a great GMO-free, 100% natural alternative to other whipped dessert toppings that doesn’t have any high fructose corn syrup. Enjoy!
Cut up your favorite fruits – strawberries, melon and grapes work perfectly – and you’ll be ready to go! Also, this is a great dip to scale up for parties (it’s my go-to dip), just combine one entire 32 oz container of yogurt with and a 10 oz tub of whipped dessert topping.
Greek Yogurt & Avocado Herb Dip
- ½ ripe avocado
- ½ cup Stonyfield 0% Fat Plain Greek Yogurt
- ½ tsp lemon juice
- ¼ tsp dry dill
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- salt & pepper to taste
Directions: Combine avocado, Greek yogurt and lemon juice in a small food processor – blend until smooth. Add spices, then slowly add salt and pepper to taste.
Traditional ranch style dressings are generally based on mayonnaise, buttermilk, and/or sour cream – all of which are very high in fat. You’ll be amazed at just how beautifully Greek yogurt and avocado combine to make a smooth dip with a hint of light green color. To this you can really add any herbs – I chose dill weed, but basil, oregano, tarragon, or chives would work well too.
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