How to Get your Kids to Love KaleSo you have probably heard the news, Kale is terrific for you and wonderfully cruciferous.

Are you still a Kale Zero?

Maybe by this article’s end you won’t necessarily be a Kale Hero, but at the very least, be able to incorporate Kale into your family’s lifestyles.

First, let’s say Hi to Kale!
Kale is, with enough practice, very easy to incorporate or even hide in your child’s diet.

First things first, Kale is something you can get a LOT of for a very fair price.

10-20 organic leaves will cost you around $2.

Also it is frighteningly easy to grow! The nutrient dense food is easily absorbable and has all the great benefits of other green leafy superfood.

But Mom, Kale is diiiiiiissssguuuuusting! It is never just unpleasant, the mighty Kale is always groooooosssss or yuuuuuuuck. Here are five easy ways to incorporate kale into your diet (or your child’s without her even knowing).

1. Smoothie

Putting 2-5 leaves of kale in a smoothie is just going to change the color and not the taste. If you use a high powered blender, you will not notice it, I promise.

Try this super simple one: Kale Smoothie for Kids
Prep time 5 minutes, Total time 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces 100% coconut
  • 3 – 4 large kale leaves (stem removed)
  • 2 bananas (peel removed)
  • A few blueberries
  • 2 cups of ice

Instructions:
Blend juice and greens for about one minute on high. Make sure the greens are thoroughly blended. Then add the banana, blueberries & ice and blend for an additional 30 seconds, until smooth. Source photo/inspiration: http://www.insonnetskitchen.com/kale-smoothie-for-kids/

Once you have this down, you can really experiment.

2. Soup

Kale can be seamlessly folded into a blended soup. Sub it for any other leafy vegetable in your soup recipe or just sneak it in.

3. Juice

Juice this wonderful superfood with apple, lemon, cucumber and ginger and have a natural energy boost to last you the whole day!

4. Kale Chips

This is definitely a kid and mom favorite. Toss clean, cut kale strips with Himalayan sea salt, olive oil and seasoning of your choice and bake for just 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees. Texture is completely changed and no nutrients are lost — talk about putting the super in superfood.

5. Stick it in a salad

Kale makes a wonderful base to a delicious salad. Prepare the salad one day in advance and let it rest in the fridge overnight. Start by washing your kale and wrap in a dry dishtowel. Toss the leaves in a large bowl with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Let your child choose additional healthy toppings like chick peas, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, edamame, protein of choice or chopped avocado. Toss well and cover with foil. Refrigerate over night and enjoy for up to three days. (Source)

Bonus ideas:

Kale Tacos anyone? Kale is great to hide in taco meat either in the last five minutes of cooking of a bit of a puree from your high powered blender. Kale fudge for dessert? Pinterest is chock full of amazing recipes! What are your sneakiest ways?

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