When I was in Denver earlier this year with my friend Deb, she made a joke about her house salad being okay, despite the fact that it lacked Hidden Valley Ranch dressing. I about died laughing! It’s funny because it’s true: everyone loves Hidden Valley Ranch dressing!
Like many toddlers, Angeline hated eating vegetables. Hated might even be not a strong enough word…she loathed them. Despised. She would make herself gag to the point of throwing up just to prove that she didn’t like them and to try to get out of eating them. Meal time was always hectic and troublesome because we were always fighting with her to eat her veggies. No one enjoyed the meal that was supposed to be our family bonding time!
Eventually, Chris and I figured out that we had to get a little crafty. We found the answer to getting her to eat cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, zucchini and broccoli and cauliflower…Hidden Valley Ranch dressing! Just a tablespoon or two on her plate with her veggies and she happily ate them!
We all still eat veggie snacks with Hidden Valley Ranch dressing to this day (especially carrots), but I’ve learned to use it in other ways as well; my favorite is when I add Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning packets to wedged potatoes to make roasted Ranch potatoes!
One of the best tips I can give other parents for how to get their kids to eat their veggies? Include a little Hidden Valley Ranch dressing or dip in their lunch box and baby carrots, grape or cherry tomatoes, broccoli and cauliflower florets for dipping! You can use a little reusable plastic container in their lunchbox or even just buy the multi-packs from the grocery store.
The Hidden Valley and Lunch Break for Kids National Fundraiser
Hidden Valley is currently promoting their Lunch Break for Kids national fundraiser, happening October 15 through 19, which highlights different ways for parents and kids to come together with chefs and schools to learn more about how the right food can help make our bodies healthier and build stronger family connections.
Today is Child Nutrition Day, a day that was set aside for chefs to volunteer in their communities to help raise awareness about childhood nutrition! You can find a volunteer location on the Lunch Break for Kids website under location.
The Chef & Child Foundation’s 10K Challenge
With a grant from makers of Hidden Valley Original Ranch dressings & dips, the Chef & Child Foundation has challenged American Culinary Federation (ACF) chapters to volunteer to host a Lunch Break for Kids Fundraiser and/or a Childhood Nutrition Day community event during the month of October.
Each participating chapter has a chance to win $10,000 (per region). The 4 regional chapter winners will then compete for another $10,000 at the 2013 ACF National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada! ACF chefs and chapters interested in participating should register their eventon the Lunch Break for Kids sign-up page, designate a volunteer coordinator to organize the event and submit the 10K Challenge application with a 1–3 minute video after the event.
If you are interested in joining this challenge, you can read all about the requirements at www.acfchefs.org/childhoodnutritionday.
The Hidden ValleyÂ® Original RanchÂ®, dressings & dips has provided me with free product to help with my review, but anything I receive from Hidden Valley does not affect my thoughts on its company or their product.