We all want to eat more leafy greens and few are more glorified than kale. But why is it so good for us and how do we actually get kids to enjoy eating it?
Leafy greens are high in calcium, iron, folate, fibre, magnesium and potassium as well as Vitamins A, B, C, E and K. Consuming them can help your body with digestion, strengthen bones and teeth, fight off infection, boost energy and lower cholesterol. Examples include chard, romaine lettuce, spinach and, of course, kale.
Getting good nutrition is important for us all, but particularly for little people who are constantly moving, growing and learning as well as fighting off infections at school and in the playground.
So what does that look like?
The NHS currently recommends that children consume 5 fruit and vegetables per day (although if you're maxing that out we highly recommend going for more!). Four heaped tablespoons of cooked kale constitutes one serving which might sound like a lot, but we the tasty recipes in this month's Veggienauts box will have your children chomping down on this queen of greens in no time.
Our top tip for introducing greens? Start small. Leafy greens can be bitter in taste which children are naturally wary of. If making smoothies or pancakes with added veg, use a small amount the first time you make a recipe then slowly increase it. This month's smoothie recipe is creamy, sweet and the perfect introduction to kale for tiny tummies. And if you're looking for an after school snack or tea time treat that packs a nutritional punch, our kale, apple and lemon buns are proudly green but tasted and approved by our team of testers aged 3 - 8.
January's KALE box is available to order now.