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.

 

Orange Chocolate Goji Berry Fudge

Orange Chocolate Goji Berry Raw Vegan Fudge
This delicious recipe is brimming with colorful antioxidants & superfoods!

One of the things that I don’t miss after going raw, are conventional deserts. I used to be the candy and cake girl, but now I no longer feel guilty to indulge my sweet tooth.

There are tons of healthy raw vegan desert recipes, and it’s just a matter of trying them out. I filmed this video to show you how to make this zesty Orange Chocolate Goji Berry Fudge!

The Ingredients

Grind the dried goji berries up first, then place all the other ingredients into the food processor except for the soaked goji berries and the orange zest. (If you used raw cashews instead of raw cashew butter, then grind those up before adding the rest of the ingredients.)

Then place your mixture into a serving bowl and hand mix the soaked goji berries and orange zest. Set the fudge to cool in the refrigerator for at least half an hour before serving. Garnish with the slices of your zested orange, and enjoy!

The Tools You’ll Need

If you have a high speed blender like a Vita-mix, then you can make the whole recipe in your Vitamix. However, you can just as easily make this recipe in your food processor. My recommended food processor is the KitchenAid 700-Watt 12-Cup Food Processor.

You can buy this food processor from Amazon, where it has a 4.5/5 star rating!

Also, you might want to pick up an orange zester that is better than the one I used in my video. It took me quite awhile to zest that whole orange, so I think you’d be better off using something like the Chef’n PalmZester Citrus Zester. Just saying.

Let Me Know How You Like It

If you’ve gotten the chance to make this recipe, then please let me know how you enjoyed it. I’m always looking for feedback and ideas on how to tweak recipes or create new ones. :)