Given their own devices, kids don’t always gravitate toward healthy, flavorful food. Have you noticed? LOL – I have too! But here’s another thing I’ve noticed: If you put out a colorful plate of raw vegetables for snacking – kids will gobble them up! Having something tasty for dipping helps too – because who doesn’t love to dip?!!
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I believe it’s never too early to introduce your little one to flavorful foods to create a foundation for a healthy, adventurous diet. Don’t automatically go bland. Even if they beg for bland, keep throwing those flavors and spices at them, a little at a time. The more flavors they experience at a young age, the more they’ll be willing to try later. Believe me, I’ve had some ups and downs with my own kids’ eating habits, but they’ve grown into very adventurous eaters because they’ve been exposed to a huge variety of foods over the years!
This Orange Hummus recipe has been helping me get vegetables into my kids ever since they were very young. Since tiny taste buds don’t usually respond well to gobs of garlic, I make this kid-friendly version of hummus with orange juice and just a tiny bit of garlic and cumin, as well as the usual garbanzo beans, tahini (sesame paste) and olive oil. It still has plenty of flavor, it’s just not as garlicky as traditional hummus can be. Plus it’s a great source of protein and dietary fiber.
Hummus & veggies make a great after-school or pre-dinner snack.
And it’s awesome in the lunchbox. If you don’t have one already, these stainless dip containers are a life-saver!
My Orange Hummus is surprisingly easy to make. Toss all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until super smooth. Boom – you’re done!
- 1 15-oz can garbanzo beans, drained (or 1¾ cups if you cook your own)
- ½ cup orange juice
- ¼ cup tahini (sesame paste)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small clove garlic
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Place all ingredients together in a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Serve with a rainbow of raw vegetables.
How do you get your kids to eat more veggies?
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