Just a quick check-in, how is the weather where you are? We’ve got snow and more snow plus frigid temps and no shovel. But also no real driveway to speak of so a broom will suffice for now.
Let’s chat about vegetables, ok? It’s hard to explain to a child that even though they are lean and do a lot of exercise, they still need to make healthy choices where food is involved. It’s ok to sometimes get a lot of hot fudge on your sundae but there is an overall need to fill your body with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and proteins to keep it going in addition to that hot fudge. And so at the suggestion of a good friend, we took the snow day and turned it into a fun, healthy eating experiment of sorts.
On the table, we laid out different dressings and dips. Some were from a bottle. Others, we made together. We also chopped up a few veggies for dippers, laid out with some almonds and cheese, just for fun. And then, we started. Every vegetable was tried with every dip to maximize taste combinations and pick favorites. Clear losers were easy to spot – I knew Chipotle Ranch would likely not go over well. But as for a favorite? You couldn’t have told me creamy avocado would win. I wouldn’t believe it. Creamy avocado won out with every vegetable. Now, we have multiple dressings, vegetables and combinations to pack in school lunches. How do you encourage your brood to eat vegetables? Any special tips? What veggies win in your house?
Here’s the recipe we used for creamy avocado dressing. It uses light mayo, Greek yogurt and a bit of buttermilk for some tang. I’d love to scoop it on just about everything.
- 1 ripe avocado, diced
- ⅓ cup light mayonnaise
- ⅓ cup Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- ½ cup buttermilk
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until very smooth.
- Serve with carrots, celery and other veggies.