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Green Chips

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A delightful way to eat kale if you or the kids find it unpalatable! Sadly, I don’t have a photo because they the last batch was eaten too quickly!

Kale Chips (Green Chips)

Ingredients

1 bunch of washed and dried kale, core removed, chopped in large pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil (or I used an olive oil spray, it coats much easier)
Sea salt, to taste
(and a bit (about 1 tsp) of honey to make it even more palatable if the kids are just beginning to eat kale)

Directions

Put all the ingredients in a small bowl and combine together with your hands to make sure that the kale is evenly coated.

Preheat oven to 150degsC.

Put the leaves in single layer on a large baking sheet covered with baking paper.

Bake for 10 minutes. Flip them over and bake for another 10 minutes until crispy but not burnt.  Watch them closely in the last few minutes as they turn brown quite quickly.

These are great packed in a hard container (so they don’t get smushed!) for the kids lunches, crumbled on top of salads or even popcorn!

Feel free to leave out the honey if you would like them as a savoury snack.  I find that the touch of honey makes it more palatable for the little ones.

Variation:  My aunt also minces some garlic and rubs it on the kale as well before baking just for another flavour.  Yum!

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It’s all about Texture

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I have been asked the question many times:  what are the children eating and HOW on earth do you get them to eat all of those (varied) vegetables including those greens?!?

My answer:  I changed the texture of the veggies.

It takes a while to work out what everyone likes and how they like it.  My advice is don’t stop at carrot sticks.  Your child might hate them raw because they are too hard to chew (my daughters complaint). However, try making them into strings, grating them over cheese slices to make a cheese and carrot sandwich or diced up tiny in chicken noodle soup.  Let them tell you how they like their veggies therefore you will have to get creative on how you present them.

We too often assume that kids don’t like how veggies taste (I’ll come to that in a minute) but since they were babies, our little ones still rely on how things ‘feel’ in their mouths.

I know that raw fruits and veggies are the most nutritious way to have them.  However, we might to take a bit of time to get the kids used to how they taste and feel before going back to raw foods.

Confession time:  I don’t like kale.  It’s bitter, leaves an after taste in my mouth that is less than desirable and it is just not something that I like nor like to eat.

On the flip-side:  kale is the one of those wonder foods that no vitamin or any other food can complete with.  It has more iron than beef, more calcium than milk and 10% more vitamin C than spinach.

Hmmm…a pretty good food to eat (seeing that I don’t eat a whole lot of beef!)

Right.  How on earth was I going to make this bitter, leafy-green palatable?

I changed the texture and added a few flavours:)  Kale chips!  I also added it to a veggie soup and we love it!  It lost its bitterness but kept its texture in the soup.  Normally I would put spinach in this soup but the kale didn’t wilt and dissolve into oblivion like the spinach usually does.

So, it might take a while before I am brave enough to add it to our Green Drinks or eat it raw but we are well on our way to loving this nutrient-packed superfood!  Did I mention that it lowers the risk of heart disease and because it is a dark leafy-green, it reduces the risk of cancer as well.  How could we not eat it??

Kids…Drink yer Greens!

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My kids (5 & 7) were naturally a bit hesitant when they were first approach by the “Green Drink” and were less than excited to drink it.  They didn’t actually like it, to be honest.  As their mother, I still made them drink it as the other choice of raw spinach was even less appealing to them but I told them exactly why it was good for them.  The more they understand about food, the more willing they are to try new things.

It took about 3 times before they didn’t complain about the drink anymore.  They now drink it after school as a part of their snack and it FILLS them up until dinner!  I was so surprised!!  Before they would constantly be in and out of the kitchen constantly eating or trying to eat and I was literally in the kitchen from 3:30pm until after dinner prepping food.  Drove me nuts!

Now I make them one drink, they have one of my muffins or a piece of fruit and that’s it.  They are good until dinner.

Some people think that switching to a veggie diet or something like that takes so much prep work and it’s just all too hard.  By giving the kids a 5-min green drink and a piece of fruit or a muffin, literally cleared me out of the kitchen until dinner prep.

Feeding the kids good, wholesome foods will fill their bellies giving us some more free time to do something else.  Yay!

Ingredients

1 cup coconut water (not sweetened)  with or without pulp , it all gets blended in the end.
1 apple, peeled and cut into chunks
1 banana, broken into chunks
1 good handful of spinach (or kale)

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until very smooth.
Hint: If the kids aren’t that keen on it, try straining the drink with a fine mesh sieve; it helps smooth out the texture.  Remember the fibre and the good bits are in the stuff you are straining so if you can, get them to eventually drink that too.
Variations: Unlimited!  Try adding leftover berries, mangos or paw paw!