Kids & Ketchup

June 23, 2009 at 8:07 am 2 comments

What is it with kids and ketchup?  Why do they want to put it on EVERYTHING?

Kids love to dip and I encourage parents to put together some dips for their kids because it gives them some freedom with their food and a chance to play with food in an acceptable way.  It is also a helpful way to get picky eaters to try new foods.

However, I ask parents to be wary of using things like ketchup or salad dressing for dips.

When I looked at the ingredients of a certain familiar ketchup product here is the list of ingredients:  Tomato concentrate made from ripe red tomatoes, distilled vinegar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, salt, spice, onion powder, natural flavouring.  What I found most interesting is looking further at the Nutrition Facts… in 1 Tablespoon of Ketchup there is 4 g of sugar.  4 g = 1 teaspoon.  So in one Tablespoon of ketchup, one teaspoon is sugar.  Say thanks to the High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Look for this at your health food store

Look for this at your health food store

Here is a great substitute… Annie’s Naturals Ketchup contains almost the same ingredients: Water, *Tomato Paste, *Sugar, *Distilled White Vinegar, Sea Salt, *Onion Powder, *Allspice, *Clove Power.  (* = organic).  Checking the nutrition facts in 1 Tablespoon of Annie’s Ketchup there is 2 g of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon.  Isn’t it amazing what a difference it makes when companies do not use high fructose corn syrup?

As an aside, my husband formerly a fan of the common ketchup swears by Annie’s. It’s just more flavourful!

The same goes for salad dressings.  Look for salad dressing that contain whole food ingredients; brands I like include Renee’s and Newman’s Own.  They may be a little more expensive, but we shouldn’t be slathering our kids foods in these regardless.  Kids need to learn to like the taste of the food, not the dip.

If you want to make your own dips here are a few recipes I use…

Green Dip – mash an avocado with 2 Tbsp of plain yogurt for a healthy dip!

Purple DipBlueberry Dip

Put ingredients into a mini processor and blend until well combined.

Orange Dip – great on crackers or with other vegetables

  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Cups of water
  • 1/4 C mango juice + 2 Tbsp
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ C plain yogurt

Boil carrots in water and ½ C mango juice, until the carrots are soft.  A fork should pierce them easily.  Drain the liquid and put the carrots in a mini food processor.  Add 2 Tbsp of mango juice, ground ginger and yogurt.  Blend until smooth.  Serve with crackers or pita pieces.

White Dipa healthy version of ranch

  • 1 C plain yogurt
  • 1/3 C fresh parsley, chopped fine
  • ¼ C green onion, chopped very fine
  • ½ clove of garlic, pressed
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Combine all ingredients for a ranchy dressing

Red Dipbetter than ketchup *adapted from this online ketchup recipe

  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • 2 T water
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 t cumin
  • 1 t oregano
  • ½ t cloves
  • ½ tsp mustard powder

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.  Heat tomato paste and water; add maple syrup and remaining seasonings.  Simmer for 5 minutes.

Nutty Banana Dip – great for dipping fruit or as a spread on toast, a complete protein.   Does not look as appetizing as it is.

  • 1 banana
  • 1 can (15 oz.) of white beans (cannellini or other)
  • ½ C almond butter
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a food processor until smooth


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