I was one of the bloggers selected by T. Marzetti Company and Clever Girls Collective to host a Marzetti Otria Greek Yogurt Veggie Dip review. They provided me with product to test and compensation for my time. However, my opinions are entirely my own. But you knew that already, right?
When it comes to the kids eating vegetables, regular readers know that I am not a fan of hiding them a la Jessica Seinfeld. I just feel that if they have half a shot of liking a vegetable, they have to be introduced to it properly, and honestly, not by way of sneaky methods. If they like it, great. I then find more ways to cook and serve the vegetables they like. If they don’t like a vegetable, we move on. I usually circle back after some months because we all know that taste buds change. Heck, it took me nearly forty years to learn to like salmon!
One of the easiest way to get veggies in their little tummies is by using veggies as a dipper. Nick loves hummus, and will dip carrots and celery into it with reckless abandon. Well as much reckless abandon as a nine-year-old can muster. Sometimes green pepper strips. And always cucumbers. It’s a perfect snack for him to take to school. Madeline (and believe it or not, the dog!) love carrots. She’ll also eat cucumbers. They both eat salad without any prompting from me. When time permits, I make a homemade buttermilk dressing, because she doesn’t care for hummus. And when time is super tight, I also sometimes use this Greek Yogurt Veggie Dip (the ranch version) at Marzetti – perfect to stuff in her little pink lunchbox. Since I typically don’t use disposable bags for the kids’ lunchboxes, I pack up the veggies, dips, fruit, and what have you in these snap-and-lock containers (love them!). They have a tight enough seal that nothing seeps out, but are easy for Madeline’s little fingers to maneuver. She is also pretty partial to these cute containers, which are great because they have a divider. And I’m partial to saving money on Ziploc bags.
The Marzetti dips are nice and creamy, and the tang from the Greek yogurt is light enough that it’s not a tough sell on the kids. And since I use Greek yogurt a lot as marinades and in homemade dips, they’re used to it anyway. I don’t have guilt about what they’re eating. They get the vegetables they desperately need. Everyone is happy, happy, happy. And that is just the way I like it.
PS – I snuck in a little bonus post on yesterday’s schedule – did you catch it? Go read, and then watch the short video, and tell me you’re not happy. Just a little bit.