Kids are picky eaters, and it’s almost impossible to get them to eat vegetables, particularly kale. Kale has a ton of benefits and is packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Kale it can be an acquired taste, though, is it can often be quite bitter. In order to get your kids to eat this super food, you may need to cleverly disguise by in something else. If you try one of the following methods, you will find that your kids will be eating kale and even asking for more!
Here are some examples how can you let your kids consume kale:
1.Hide kale in something sweet
Kids love sweet foods – it’s a known fact. So it goes without saying that one of the easiest ways of getting kids to eat kale is to hide it inside something sweet. It might not seem obvious, but you can bake kale into brownies in order to get the little ones to eat up. Much like for spinach or zucchini, brownies are the perfect conduit for getting kale into your kids. Find a recipe that works for you and experiment away! You might find that the amount of kale you use can lead to green space within the brownies, but your kids won’t notice; they’ll be more excited about the chocolate! Introducing kale into your children’s diet is a slow process and you should start small, so kale brownies are a perfect start for your kids.
2.Mix kale into a smoothie
Smoothies are a great way to introduce your kids to kale. By hiding the kale in with a bunch of yummy fruits, your kids will be drinking it down before they know it. If your little ones have more sensitive palates, then adding banana to the kale smoothie is a great way to sweeten the kale and hide the super food. They won’t even know! Kale smoothies are perfect as breakfast options, because they set your kids up with the nutrients they need to get through the day. This makes smoothies, great for kids just starting school, too. You might even consider making one for yourself along with them!
3.Whip up some kale chips
Kale chips are immensely popular for both young and old. Kale chips are the perfect combination of eating healthy food while you feel like you’re being unhealthy. Kale chips are crunchy and the flavor and texture can be addictive, but they have a fraction of the calories of junk food. Adding a small amount of salt while you cook them makes them even more delicious, and you can even go so far as making even more varieties such as cheesy kale chips, or adding different herbs and spices to your kale chips.
4.Make kale more fun
Easily one of the best ways to get kids to eat things they normally wouldn’t want to be by making the food more fun. Increasing the appeal of kale can make the difference between stubborn children and children asking for more. One suggestion is to try making kale into popsicles, essentially by freezing a smooth mixture into molds. You could also experiment with kale pizza, which is a great way to incorporate other vegetables into the meal. By making kale fun, you’re showing your kids that they don’t need to be afraid of new things.
5.Try kale baked goods
Everyone loves baked goods, and this is another option for picky eaters who don’t necessarily have a sweet tooth: use kale in a savory pastry recipe. Not only can you incorporate kale, but other vegetables are perfect to use to fill these delicious, fluffy snacks. You could also try whipping up some savory muffins. In fact, kale and feta muffins are so easy to make that you could even get the kids to help you through the whole process. Either way, at the end of it, you’ll have some muffins that you and your little ones can’t keep your hands off.
By introducing your kids into foods that are super good for them at an early age, you’ll be helping them to develop the skills to make good choices throughout their whole lives. The key to this it in making the process fun, and once you’ve found a way to get them to eat kale and other vegetables, they’ll benefit from the nutrients you’re giving them. Be sure to stock up on kale because once you get them started on it, you’ll never have any for yourself!