Byline: Cristina Cavalieri D’Oro
Do you struggle to get greens in your kids, let alone yourself? Do you strive for them to actually WANT to eat greens and reap the benefits from it? Ask most kids to name vegetables and they will name the standard ones like carrots, potatoes, broccoli etc.
From kale to spinach, bok choi, fennel and collards! Wouldn’t you love for them to want to eat these, let alone them actually knowing what these diverse greens are?
So what is the number 1 way to get greens in kids (and most adults)? It’s pretty simple, make it TASTY and FUN!
Who says eating your broccoli has to be a chore or something that you must eat before getting dessert?
I say, go crazy and add a leaf of spinach here, there and everywhere. There really is no limit to your creativity. The more you add in, the more they will crave it and the nasty stuff will generally phase out if that was part of their diet (yes I’m talking about you refined, processed and artificial foods).
Make it accessible, have a plate of cut up veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, celery or cucumber sticks on the table with zucchini or chickpea hummus available for snacking when those little hands come looking in the kitchen with the munchies. Kale chips are always a winner too!
And let’s face it, kids love sweets, so why not always add some greens in their desserts? Using whole foods and greens, yes they can be healthy too!
Here is a really quick and easy chocolate recipe.
Chocolate à la Fennel Recipe
- ½ cup cacao
- ½ cup carob
- 2 tbsp fennel (the leafy part)
- 2 ½ tbsp maple syrup
- ½ cup coconut oil (melted)
- 2 tbsp coconut butter (melted)
Process everything into your food processor and put in chocolate molds. Refrigerate until hard.
Note: If you want to avoid giving cacao, you can use carob instead.
A health and natural living enthusiast for over 15 years, as a health coach, Cristina is especially passionate about wellness to empower the female spirit. As a mother of two girls, Cristina leads her household through mindful parenting, healthy nutrition, and loves to find creative ways to incorporate greens into meals and desserts. She can be found at For The Love of Greens and on her Facebook page.