People often ask me how to get more green goodness into their kids.
The truth? Make it taste good.
Sounds easy, but those cute little people are exceptionally picky!
I can’t say that I am a fan of tricking our kids into eating healthy and I’m not afraid to tell you why. As parents, we are our kids teachers; they do what we do, like what we like, and eat what we eat (well, more or less). Monkey see, monkey do. So, if we aren’t teaching our children why it’s important to pay attention to what they eat and how they eat, they simply will not learn.
Kids who are detached from their food become detached adults, eating the wrong foods for the wrong reasons. I AM a big fan of getting kids involved in the kitchen, let’s face it, they love to be involved, especially if it’s gooey and messy! Kids who help in the kitchen will more easily learn the importance of food, why to eat healthy, and, perhaps most importantly, how to put loving energy into the meals we create.
Here are a few tips for making kid loving food:
- Smother it. In sauce that is. Kids love sauce (don’t we all?) and it’s easy to throw some leafy greens into a pasta sauce or veggie dip. No need to hide it, they’ll love the fact that it’s in there and they can’t even taste it! Try to get dinner guests and/or Dad to “guess the magic ingredient”.
- Bake it. Carrot & apple muffins. Chocolate’n walnut zucchini bread. Sweet potato brownies. Need I say more?
- Blend it. Kids love smoothies. Try putting a bunch of smoothie ingredients out and having your kid be the creator. Although kids need a little help navigating consistencies, they know what they like and they like to do it THEMSELVES! Just make sure they add one thing that’s green, one liquid, one fruit, etc. Teach them the appropriate doses of any supplements and have them add those in too.
So here’s the recipe that lots of my Mummy friends have been asking me for.
- 1 (500g) bag frozen shelled edamame beans
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- ¼ cup tahini
- 3 Tbsp water
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp ground coriander
- Dash cayenne pepper
- Paprika and fresh ground pepper for garnish
To thaw beans, cover in boiling water and let soak 5-10minutes
In food processor, combine all ingredients except paprika and pepper. Process until smooth – adding more water for desired consistency
Garnish with paprika and pepper, serve with raw veggies, your favourite crackers, or as a base in a wrap/sandwich
Watch the feeding frenzy!