Vegetables on Vegetables: Toddler Snack Idea



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Judging by the amount of interest and positive feedback that I received on my last post about toddler nutrition and recipes I thought I would stick to the same theme for today’s post.

Looking through all the comments & feedback that I received I’ve been noticing a common challenge when it comes to toddler meals: raw vegetables.

Either your toddler is too young to chew through raw crunchy veggies or like most kids, they don’t like vegetables.

I mentioned in my last post, that it’s important to avoid “hiding veggies” on your kids. Yes, you may succeed in getting some vegetables into them, but it’s also important for them to know what different vegetables look and taste like.

Here’s a great healthy toddler snack idea that not only includes a raw vegetable in the dip, but also serves as a healthy dip for raw veggies; it’s veggies on veggies!

Cucumber Hummus
Adapted from Vegan Family Recipes

1 small can organic chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup fresh herbs (dill, basil, chives, mint, etc.)
½ English cucumber (washed, skin on, roughly chopped)*
½ tsp. Mrs. Dash
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. natural almond or peanut butter
1 small clove garlic, minced


Put all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse/blend until smooth, scraping down the sides if needed.

Scoop hummus into a bowl and drizzle with olive oil.

Serve with Mary’s crackers, raw veggies or as a spread on sprouted bread or brown rice cakes

*Feel free to get creative with the raw veggies that you add in; you can also try beets, broccoli, carrots or spinach!

About Lauren

Welcome! I’m Lauren Follett. A couple years ago, while working in the corporate world of downtown Toronto, I decided to pursue my passion for healthy living and enrolled in the Distance Education program with The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. I studied on my lunch breaks, after work, on the weekends, and while travelling through South America. The world of health & nutrition can be confusing. There are a lot of mixed messages out there when it comes to health: low fat, low calories, sugar-free, low-carb, gluten-free…leaving you confused, frustrated, and wondering where to start. That’s where I come in. As a Registered Nutritionist, my goal is to help you accomplish your health & wellness goals. I don’t believe in diets or quick fixes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle, which requires you to get educated, and learn how to make healthy choices. I’m dedicated to working closely with my clients to teach & motivate them to make healthy choices, discuss healthy living strategies and create customized nutrition programs that fit with their life.

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