The Number 1 Way To Get Greens In Kids (and You)

Byline: Cristina Cavalieri D’Oro

Boy and Healthy Broccoli Diet on WhiteDo 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

chocolate fennelIngredients

    • 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)

Directions

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.

 

author picA 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.

 

Forget Boring Salads! 3 Ways To Eat More Greens Painlessly

This is a guest post by Heather Rampolla.

Eat More Greens PainlesslyDo you ever feel like it’s a struggle to eat more greens? Perhaps you know you should be eating more leafy greens, but chewing on another (boring) salad… seems so blah!

There are many magical benefits from consuming leafy green vegetables:

  • Full of vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting phytochemicals;
  • Rich in fiber, an important nutrient for optimal digestion, weight loss, and controlling hunger;
  • Helps lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and temper blood-sugar swings;
  • Contains a lot of water to help keep you hydrated;
  • Contributes to beautiful skin and hair;
  • May help ward off depression and improve mood

You likely already know all this but struggle with how to make greens fit in without any drastic change to your current lifestyle.

Regardless of what Kermit the Frog has told you, eating more greens can be easy without sacrificing taste.

 

Here Are 3 Simple Magic Tricks To Eat More Greens Painlessly:

#1 – “Chop The Crop”

Sometimes I just want to eat a “normal” meal– not a salad– and sometimes I feel too lazy to chop my veggies by hand. On days like these I gently pulsate my greens in my blender or food processor and throw them into whatever hearty dish I happen to be cooking.

This “chop the crop” technique greatly reduces the volume of my greens. With this method, I can easily get in lots of leafy greens without feeling like I’m eating lots of greens. Plus, it only takes a matter of seconds to chop and toss into any meal.

Here are two of my favorite meals that use the “Chop the Crop” method:
Kale Pesto Pasta
Super Fast Kale Salad

If you’re not a fan of kale by all means switch it out with spinach or another leafy green you love.

#2 – “Green Drink Packs”

If you’ve never tried green smoothies and juices before, they can sound like drinking lawnmower pulp or swamp water. I assure you they’re not. In fact they can be a super way of adding in your greens without tasting them.

But even if you know that you like green smoothies or juices – when you’re busy, sometimes the idea of pulling out multiple ingredients to make a green smoothie or juice can feel overwhelming.

“Green Drink Packs” are so simple to make. One day a week I create 5-7 “packs”. Here’s how you make them:

For smoothies, I use a large plastic baggie that includes all my ingredients to make one green smoothie recipe. I make these packs in bulk and stack them neatly in the freezer. That way when I need a super fast meal or snack, all I have to do is pop a Green Drink Pack out, maybe add some water to the blender, and voila! Literally 2 minutes to make a meal.

For juices, I use an 8-10 cup container, and place all my ingredients to make one green juice recipe. I usually lay the greens first, and use the weight of the cucumber, celery or apples to compact the greens. I also make these in bulk for the week and stack them in my fridge. It takes about 15 minutes max in prep time, but saves me about 15 minutes each day.

Drink Packs are perfect for when you’re busy or on-the-go. You’re getting handfuls of fresh fruits and veggies that without blending or juicing would be time consuming to eat.

Here a few Green Drink Pack ideas to get you started.

#3 – “Roll With It”

Have you discovered that even with the best of intentions that salad that you brought to work gets ditched as you head for the deli? Especially at lunch time we tend to crave foods that we can eat with our hands…pizza, sandwiches, wraps, etc.

Why not change it up a bit and use your leafy greens as the base of your wraps and sandwiches. Fill them as you would any other store bought wrap. Or toss in some of your leftovers for a quick meal.

Collard greens, and Swiss chard are two of my favorites to make wraps with because they are large and can easily fit lots of fun fillings inside. You can also use tender butter leaf lettuce and make smaller wraps.

Sure, it’s not quite the same as eating with bread, but you’re also eliminating the wheat and gluten, which converts to sugar and adds on weight.

Try my Sesame Ginger Wraps recipe that your whole family will love.

Now that you have 3 Magic Methods to painlessly add in more greens, which one are you most excited to try?

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Three Simple Fasting Juice Fasting Recipes That You Will Absolutely Love

This is a guest post by Ingela Johansson.

Having a bunch of fasting juice recipes ready when you’re about to go on your raw, healing juice fast can come in handy. Many use fasting as a tool to lose weight, and I don’t blame them. It often works a lot better than the majority of the diets out there.

Fasting not only cleanses your body internally, but it also detoxifies your body and increases your health tremendously.

If you want to get an extra boost out of your enema, it is usually recommended that you do a small enema before you start to clean out the old stuff.

When you’re juicing, you aren’t getting any fiber or solids into your stomach, so you have to get rid of the old somehow, right?

These recipes are the ones I use the most and they are very simple. I like keeping things simple and I am sure our bodies like that, too.

Healthy Recipe #1 – Orange and Carrot Blend

This is probably one of the juices I drink the most. Whenever I get cravings for something sweet I make one of these and it always satisfies my body.

All you have to do is grab as many oranges as you want and when you’ve juiced all of your oranges, add a few carrots. You can vary the amount of carrots you put in depending on what flavor you want.

I typically put in 2-3 medium sized carrots and that gives the orange flavor a nice boost.

Healthy Recipe #2 – Green Orange Mania

This is a recipe I make because I have to get some greens in my diet! Vegetables are very cleansing internally and they are like a retreat for your soul. So you need to get those greens in and this is my way of doing it.

You can take any vegetable, but let’s go with celery and kale. If you were to juice those two and drink it, it would taste pretty bad, and I don’t know, maybe some people like it, but I don’t!

Juice your greens and at the end add a few oranges and it will improve the taste tremendously and it will be a lot easier to drink. And best of all, your body will get the nutrients it needs.

Healthy Recipe #3 – Pineapple and Mango

Are you starting to notice that my fasting juice recipes tend to only contain two or three ingredients? I’m sorry, but that’s the way I have been doing things for a few years, and it works!

I like keeping things simple, but I by no means discourage your from trying your own recipes. Throw in whatever you want in your juicer and see how it tastes. That’s how you learn.

For your pineapple and mango fasting juice recipe all you have to do is peel your pineapple and mango, slice both into small chunks that fit into your juicer and juice away.

I sometimes like to include a carrot right at the end because my juicer can get clogged when I use squishy fruits like pineapples.

[Editor’s Note, Nathalie Says: I don’t recommend juicing fruit on a regular basis, or drinking lots of juiced fruit but if you do juice fruit keep to this rule: only juice fruit with other fruit, except apples, pears, and lemons/limes which can be juiced with veggies. Try to make the majority of your juice consist of vegetables, especially if you have sugar issues or suspect you’ve got a sweet tooth.]

Keep It Simple

Like I said, I like to keep my fasting juice recipes simple, because it means I have to use less brainpower to make them, and to clean everything when I’m all done.

There are tons of great juice recipe books out there, and I’m sure you can find more than plenty online as well, so don’t be shy to trying new things.

Best of luck with your juicing!

Ingela Johansson is in love with natural skin care. If you want more natural anti aging tips, you can visit her blog, where you will find topics ranging from oily skin care tips to home remedies for warts.