We all know kids LOVE to dip! To inspire some healthy eating I like to make homemade healthy dips for the kids (and adults love these ones too) and give them a “rainbow plate” to dip with as a super healthy lunch or snack. There are so many combos but here are a few to get you started… my kids love to make these dips with me and I will often try a game like who can eat the most colours which results in even Mr Fussy occasionally trying something new… let me know what you try and how you go. Oh, and keep the recipes handy for drinks and nibbles for the adults too….

NB – don’t try this without a food processor or similar – if that’s you just buy the dips and save yourself the heartache!

CANNELINI BEAN DIP

– throw into a food processor – 1 can canellini beans (washed and drained), handful rosemary, clove of garlic and big drizzle olive oil. BLEND til smooth with some small lumps.

PARSLEY PESTO

Throw into your food processor a bunch parsley, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 cup cashews, 2 cloves garlic, 1 or 2  tablespoons apple cider vinegar. Blend.

– this is a really healthy spread which I always have on hand. Great in sandwiches, as a dip, on grilled fish or meat. soften with some oil if is goes a bit dry in the fridge (lasts a few weeks)

AVOCADO DIP

Blend in your food processor 1 avocado, 1 clove garlic, 1 lemon or lime juice, little bit cumin or paprika, some salt and pepper

– if you like this more chunky (i do) then just mash it all together

You can make these dips with your kids and then serve to them in little bowls or containers for dipping.  I usually make a ‘rainbow plate’ for dipping – toast fingers or crackers, carrot sticks, capsicum, cherry toms, a boiled egg or 2, cucumber, apple or pear, some cheese etc.  Its amazing what they get through with this style of lunch!

If I am feeling especially happy and the day is going really well they may also get a rainbow dessert plate – yoghurt in one little container, some melted dark choc in another and a rage of fruits to dip – usually banana, strawberries, mandarin segments and kiwi at this time of year.

Totally delish – full of great healthy foods and lots of fun with the kids.

Of course you can experiment with other dips – beetroot dip goes down well here and of course the trusty hummus!

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