Adding more greens to your family’s diet is a great way to improve their overall health. Greens such as spinach, kale, zucchini, and broccoli are full of wonderful vitamins and nutrients. However, getting your child to eat a bowl full of broccoli or spinach may seem like an impossible task. That is why we have three must-try recipes for your whole family to enjoy.
Purple Monster Smoothie: This is a fun smoothie for kids. First off, it is a great purple color, which kids will love, and best of all, it hides the green color of the spinach. This smoothie can be adapted to your family’s favorites. The basic recipe is to blend all of these ingredients until smooth and serve.
- 1 1/2 cups of vanilla almond milk (or milk of your choice + 1 tsp vanilla extract)
- 1 banana (frozen is best)
- 1 cup of raw baby spinach (raw baby spinach has no detectable taste, where as regular spinach or frozen spinach does)
- 1 cup of frozen blueberries
This is such a simple treat that most kids will enjoy. You can always change the fruit or add yogurt. Remember, with lighter colored fruit, the green from the spinach will show through. Kids will not be able to taste the spinach, but they may be hesitant to try the smoothie.
Kale Chips: Your kids will not shriek away from kale when it tastes like potato chips! Simply get a head of kale and wash it thoroughly. Then remove the ribs from the kale leaves and place in a bowl. Then massage the kale leaves with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Lay the leaves on a baking sheet and bake them at 325-degrees Fahrenheit for 14 minutes, flipping the chips half way through. When done, sprinkle a little bit of salt or nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor.
Green Eggs and Ham: To get your kids to get excited about green eggs and ham, you of course have to read them the classic Dr. Seuss book. Then make them their own green eggs and ham by mixing eggs with a ½ cup of cottage cheese, finely diced raw, baby spinach, and pieces of ham. Add cheese if you desire. While they eat their breakfast, read the fun Dr. Seuss story again to them. This way will hopefully win over some picky eaters.
Greens are essential in all our little ones’ diets, since they are constantly growing. Try these tips this week to see if your kids can be won over with tasty greens. If you are hiding the greens from your kids, don’t rub it in their face that they are eating spinach or kale. This will only make them lose their trust in you.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
Image Credit: Kale Chips by SodanieChea. Used under a Creative Commons license.