Greens. Spinach, Kale, Swiss Chard… We all know that they’re good for us. We all want to know how to eat more greens. So why it so hard to eat them?! Why do we buy those big tubs of baby spinach, determined to eat every last leaf, only to have it turn into slimy sludge in the back of our fridges?
If you didn’t grow up eating leafy greens, it can be a challenge to get them down. The earlier your kids are introduced and reintroduced to these nutrient packed veggies, the more likely they are to eat them later in life.
Eating greens can be hard.
A big challenge with greens is texture. Somehow leaves are hard for little ones to eat. They don’t chew them all the way and end up gagging on the leafy pieces stuck to the back of their tongues. (am I right?!) Toddlers don’t do salad. Cooking greens isn’t much better making them slimy and hard to chew.
You know what kids do like? Colourful food. There’s a reason for the multi-coloured cereals and brightly coloured ice creams. Marketers know that Kids love bright colours and want to eat them! So, why not use your greens to make their food green?!
How to eat more greens
This can easily be done in smoothies. But I’m not here to give you another green smoothie recipe. (perhaps you have one you could share in the comments for other readers?) Today I want to tell you how to eat more greens by making green eggs.
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This is a simple recipe. All you need are a small bunch of greens, eggs and a food processor.
Greens. Eggs. That’s it!
First of all take several leaves of any sort of dark leafy green. Feel free to mix and match. If you’re using washed spinach, grab a handful. You can even use frozen greens! )just make sure they’re at least partially thawed before blending)
If you do use kale, depending on the toughness of the leaf stalks, you may want to pull the leafy part off of the stalk.
Put Greens in Food Processor
Take your handful of greens and put it into your food processor. Press them down so that the blades will catch them. Use the pulse button to thoroughly mince the greens. You may have to stop and push the leaves back down a few times untill they are all blended.
Next, crack your eggs into a large bowl and beat them with a fork.
Mix Greens with Eggs
Take your blended greens and put them with your eggs. Mix together with a fork.
Scramble those Green Eggs!
In a preheated pan, pour a little oil and then add your green egg mixture. Cook in the same way you would scrambled eggs. Let the green eggs sit for a minute and then with a spatula, push the cooked bits towards the middle of the pan so that more of the raw mixture can cook.
Eat and Enjoy!
As soon as the green eggs are cooked thoroughly, you can serve them up to be enjoyed! Add some salt and if you’re feeling especially fancy, some cheese. The beauty of it is that they taste almost exactly like regular scrambled eggs.
Because you took the time to blend the greens, they don’t have a weird texture and blend right in with the eggs. The only thing you have to overcome is that they are green!
My kids love these green eggs and honestly, so do I. It’s a fun way to get more veggies in at breakfast and SO easy!
To make it even more special, try reading Dr Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham” before hand to get everyone excited to try these eggs.
There you have it. How to eat more greens!
Now it’s your turn. How do you get your kids to eat their veggies? How about yourself? Do you have an easy or more difficult time eating those dark leafy greens? Let me know in the comments below!