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Skinny Dipping: Increasing Fruit & Veggie Consumption with Dip

You may remember, like I do, being told repeatedly as a child to “eat your fruits and vegetables.�? Some of us might remember sitting at the dinner table until our eyes closed and we fell asleep with our face in the Brussel sprouts. Long gone are those days but the goal of getting children to eat their vegetables is still an important one.

Today only one in five US children get the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. So how do we change that? I think there might be an opportunity in the fact that snacking among children has increased dramatically over the past 30 years. Today snacks make up a quarter of kids’ daily calorie consumption, but their snack foods of choice are not the healthiest options. However, instilling healthy snacking habits at a young age is imperative because it is something children can carry with them into adulthood, promoting good nutrition for life.

Doing some research, I came across some simple tips to ensure fruits and vegetables make an appearance at your child’s snack time. Cutting up an array of fruits and veggies to serve along side a healthy homemade dip may be the key. A recent study conducted by the Center for Childhood Obesity Research at Pennsylvania State University found that familiar flavored dips promoted kids’ acceptance and therefore increased consumption of fresh produce. Even if it’s served with a fruit or vegetable the child previously disliked! And a different study found cutting fruit into smaller pieces boosts consumption as well.

I’ve got the prefect recipe to give this dipping tip a try. Make Safest Choice’s Light Devonshire Cream Sauce recipe and take your apple wedges for a “skinny dip�? next time you’re looking for a tasty and satisfying snack.

IMG_5340 Also, we’re serving this delicious recipe at the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) in Atlanta. So if you’re attending stop by our booth #2456 in the diabetes wing try it for yourself!