How do you get your kids to eat more greens? That is always a question I get asked at my live events and from your many emails, which I love by the way!
Before I share with you my yummy recipe of the week for my Szechuan Green Beans, I want to provide you with 3 quick tips for upping the intake of greens in your child’s diet.
FIRST: Make them Tasty
By far the number one way to get your kids eating more greens is to make them taste good. That is why I add a handful of spinach or kale into each fruit smoothie I make for the kids. The Szechuan Green Beans recipe below is another example of how to make greens more tasty. Oh Yeah!
SECOND: Get the Kids Involved
The more my daughter Juliette helps me when I am preparing a fresh vegetable juice or dinner meal, the more she is inclined to give it a try. This is also a great way to keep your children connected to their relationship to food and where their food actually comes from.
THIRD: Variety is Key
By offering your children lots of ways to enjoy greens you can ensure they will increase their weekly intake of key vitamins and minerals. I like to provide both Jacob (18 month old) and Juliette (4 years old) with at least one green option at every meal with taste being the main objective. Some days they love their greens and other days they don’t. I just make sure I do my job and offer up a tasty option each day. Just the other day I made a chocolate pudding with brussel spouts in it AND YES they did eat that one 🙂
Now time to get your greens on with my Szechuan Green Beans. Another fun way to introduce more greens into your kids diet. Go for it and let me know how it goes with a comment below – Oh Yeah!
- 15 green beans
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 cup almonds, halved or whole
- 1 cup onion, diced
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- ¼ cup sesame seeds
- Roast the almonds on the stovetop over medium heat until slightly brown.
- Add the coconut oil, garlic, ginger and onions and sauté for 3 minutes on medium heat.
- Mix in the green beans.
- Cover with a lid and let steam on low heat for 2 minutes.
- Now add the maple syrup, hemp seeds and sesame seeds
- If you want to add some heat to this dish, add in ¼ teaspoon of chili powder into the pan with the coconut oil. Not ideal for the kiddies, but great for mom and dad!