As a YoGetter, I received free Stonyfield products and Late July Chips for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.
Ever since Eve has been eating solids she has displayed a very healthy appetite, just like her mama. Sam and I had been very lucky that she would eat everything we put in front of her. Not only that, she is always asking for “more”, even if what she is requesting more of she hasn’t been eating.
Even though she would eat anything, we had been warned that she would probably go through a picky phase. As time went on and Eve entered toddlerhood, and her openness to trying new foods continued, I started to assume that I would never have a picky eater on my hands.
Famous. Last. Words.
Just as I thought we were going to glide past picky eating, Eve started voicing her opinions on food preferences. And like many toddlers, what she asks for and what she actually wants aren’t always the same thing. (Because as parents we’re obviously supposed to read our child’s mind and know when yes means no and no means yes and that they don’t want yogurt even though they clearly just asked for it a minute ago.)
Don’t get me wrong, Eve is still overall a great eater — for example, she loves all things bread. She refers to them as buns because of the one time I asked her if she wanted a piece of a hamburger bun that she was pointing to. She generally still eats a lot of what we put on her plate, but lately she has been refusing certain foods, specifically many vegetables. I try giving her a variety of vegetables — broccoli, string beans, carrots, you name it. If they’re on her plate she often picks them out or eats around them and if she feels particularly strongly about them she chucks them on the floor.
I’ve had to learn to become more resourceful and sneaking them in when I can, such as making spinach smoothies (which she loves and specifically requests sometimes — she calls them “moosies”) made with Stonyfield yogurt.
When I was given the opportunity to try out Late July Sea Salt by the Seashore chips and to make a dip to go with them using Stonyfield yogurt, immediately I set out on a mission to create a dip that was both nutritious and flavorful, something that I would enjoy but would also be a way to get into those vegetables that Eve’s growing body needs.
I took a look through Stonyfield dip recipes and decided to adapt their Blue Cheese Avocado dip. I had some leftover kale in the house and knew I wanted to find a way to incorporate them into the dip.
The results were great! I actually had to stop myself from eating the entire thing because I needed to give some to my mini taste-tester who was at childcare that day. I did sneak in a few more chips, though, which are delicious. They are organic and made organic grain and seeds such as chia, flax, and quinoa. You’d think for a healthier chip they might lack in taste, but you would never guess that they are a healthier chip. (Sadly, I finished them last night.)
Anyway, the real test was yet to come. That afternoon when I brought Eve home from childcare I gave her a some dip and the chips. She loves anything with avocado in it so she was eager to have some (despite her somewhat suspicious look).
And we have a winner! She loved the dip so much she used the chips as a means to eat it. At several points said “Mmm, nummy!” which loosely translates into “You could be a gourmet chef!”
Win for mom!
No, onto the recipe.
- 4 ripe avocados
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 cup Stonyfield Organic Greek Plain Yogurt
- 1/4 – 1/2 a head of kale
1. Finely chop the kale or send it through the food processor
2. Mash the avocados and mix in the other ingredients, incorporating the kale. I suggest starting with less, tasting it, and adding in more.
A couple notes:
- I had exactly the right proportion of kale to dip at some point before I took the photos and then I added more kale and it wasn’t quite the right balance anymore (but Eve still ate it, so that’s all that I cared about!). It’s easier to add it in and then to take it out.
- Also, make sure you put in enough lemon juice so the avocados don’t turn brown.
Serve with Late July Sea Salt by the Seashore tortilla chips and enjoy!
By the way, if you are looking for other tips on toddler snacks, I wrote a post about this very topic on Care.com. And if you liked this post you might also want to check out these on my blog: