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A Sneaky Little Secret to Get Your Kids to Eat Kale

How Do You Get Your Kids to Eat Kale... Here's a Dirty Little Secret!

How do you get your kids to eat kale?

This is the age old question.

Okay. I completely understand that there are far more pressing concerns in the whole scheme of life. But this is one that I seem to get asked over and over…so I thought I would devote a post to a sneaky little secret.

Somehow I have managed to convince my kids that kale and other greens are actually pretty cool. It could be some stroke of insane luck, or it could have just been the repeated efforts of shoving it in front of their faces over the years.

Either way, they no longer look at me like I have a third eye or a wart growing on my nose now when I serve them up a hearty kale salad…or when a pile of kale chips shows up on their plates…or when a bright green smoothie happens to accompany their breakfast.

And now that I no longer have to plead my case in order to get them to down those hearty greens, I can look back in retrospect to see how this little miracle came to be.

Of course, I did consistently make batch after batch of Kale chips before I found a version they liked. And I did consistently make pitcher after pitcher of Kale-based smoothies until I finally found a concoction they would drink.

BUT… I came up with an even better idea! Because my husband seems to have a love-affair with my Excalibur 9-tray Dehydrator and because it tends to make an appearance on our counter more often than I would like (and if you ever have seen how much space on a counter these things can take up, you understand my feelings), I happened to one day decide that I could just dehydrate all of my Kale and Chard from the garden, crumble it up, and use it on…well, just about darn-tootin’ everything.

So that’s just what I did.

And then? I sprinkled it here. And I sprinkled it there. I started to sprinkle it everywhere. In eggs, and on pizzas. In pastas and soups. In chicken and tacos. And in any old goop. 😉

{Okay. I will stop channeling my inner Dr. Seuss now and get back to the subject at hand}.

The best part was that no one even thought about what it was. The kids never questioned those tiny green flakes. And as the subtle hint of kale flavor spiked most of their meals, I also noticed that when I served up the actual fresh stuff, they were not so quick to turn their noses at it.

AND…because all of those greens shrink down FROM THIS…

How to Get Your Kids to Eat Kale

TO THIS….

How to get your kids to eat kale

…that teaspoon of green flakes that you sprinkle on that food will be JAMMED PACKED WITH NUTRITION!!! A little bit goes a looong way.

This powder works awesome in smoothies and is especially perfect for those without a high-powered blender, like a Vitamix or a Blendtech! NO chunky greens left over! You basically have made your OWN Supergreens Nutrition Powder!!

So…I thought I would share my little secret with you here today just so that you, too, can channel your inner Dr. Seuss.

The perfect way to get your kids to EAT KALE (or any greens for that matter). Make your OWN Green Powder!!

Dehydrated Kale (and other Greens)

Ingredients:

1-2 Large Bunches of Kale, Swiss Chard, or Spinach (or a combination of all)

Directions:

  1. Wash all of your greens thoroughly. Use paper towel or dish towel to pat them as dry as possible.
  2. Use a sharp knife to cut the center stems (ribs) out of the greens. Save these center stems (ribs) to use when you are making homemade broths or soups for flavor. Or add to smoothies.
  3. Tear greens slightly, but not too small. Spread in a single layer on dehydrator trays. Or if doing in oven, place on baking sheets.
  4. Set dehydrator temperature to 140 degrees F for 3 hours. OR, for oven method, set temperature to 200 degrees, or as low as your oven will go, and place baking sheets in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to make sure they cook evenly and do not burn. Check to see that it is crispy at the end of that time. If not, cook for 2-3 more minutes and check again. If still not crispy, set for another 2-3 minutes and check.
  5. Once nice and crisp, place greens in clean coffee grinder to grind into powder or place between parchment paper and crush with rolling pin. Store in small glass container or spice jar. Stores for about one to two weeks on the counter in an airtight container. Use in and on EVERYTHING!

 

 

Okay. So now that you know how to get your kids to eat that kale, I have a surprise for you.

Crazy for Kale

My friend, and ultimate Kale lover, Hallie Klecker of Daily Bites, has created an E-book for you dedicated to all things Kale. Crazy for Kale has over 40 Kale Recipes in it and I want to make sure to let you all know about it.

  • Crazy for Kale is available for $5.99.
  • It contains 40 recipes – 33 are Paleo/Grain-Free and 31 of them are Vegan or have Vegan Alternatives
  • It is absolutely beautiful and the perfect way to give you ideas to add more Kale in your diet!

If you want to discover some fun new ways to incorporate Kale into your diet, then this is the book for you.

Check it out and get your copy today!

 

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