It seems like lately all anyone talks about is kale. Kale this, kale that – everyone’s eating it. We know that it’s low in calories, high in fiber, and has zero fat. We know it’s high in iron, Vitamins, calcium, and antioxidants. It’s basically a super food. But the one thing we don’t know is how to make our kids enjoy eating it.
With its color, kale is destined to join kids’ most dreaded food group – the greens. Along with broccoli and spinach, kale now makes our children scrunch their faces in disgust and refuse to open their mouths for the “choo-choo train.” But there is a trick to solve this. The key is incorporating kale into food that your kids already know and love, and here’s a few quick and easy ways how.
This one can be enjoyed as a smoothie, or frozen into a popsicle. All you need is about 10 minutes and a few ingredients – blend kale and orange juice together then add frozen bananas and frozen berries. Yes, it’s that easy, and yes it tastes great!
Add a cup or two of kale into your classic brownie recipe – your kids will never know! The taste won’t be much different and they’ll get at least some health benefits out of their favorite dessert. If you want to make it even better for them, use whole wheat flour instead of white.
These can be store-bought at places like Whole Foods or homemade. Click here to read a recipe for cheesy kale crackers that makes for the perfect after school snack.
#4 Rainbow Pizza
This one is easy and great for dinner when you don’t have a lot of time but want to be healthy! Just get pre-made pizza dough, parmesan cheese, tomato sauce and kale. Pop it in the oven and when it comes out, add colorful bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, cabbage, and other veggies to add the rainbow effect.
Throw together any of your favorite smoothies and add some kale to up the nutrition value! I love mixing together plain greek yogurt with fruit and kale for a sweet and yummy drink. A kale shake will leave you as satisfied as a small meal and boost your health.
Despite what your kids may think, there are many ways to make kale taste good. Don’t give up on convincing them to like this leafy vegetable, just integrate it into foods they love and they’ll learn to appreciate it! And if all else fails, remember that being sneaky is always an option.