My 8 year old son refused any green vegetables when he was weaned at 4 months old. Since then, he has only managed the odd teaspoon of peas or oddly enough, okra (or ladies fingers). My daughter is not much of a fan of the green stuff either.
Whilst doing an online Tesco shop a few months ago, I discovered frozen vegetables and fruit for my beloved nutribullet so that I can make smoothies in an instant.
Starting with the spinach and kale smoothie mix, I then added frozen pineapple, freshly sliced orange and Granny Smith apple for breakfast. I didn’t manage more than a quick slurp. My normally disinterested children grabbed the smoothie, tasted and didn’t stop until the glass was drained.
Yes there was a lot of fruit and therefore sugar in the smoothie but probably less than you’ll find in the average breakfast cereal these days. If you’re on a low carb diet, you can substitute some of the additional fruit with baby spinach, celery or spring greens. I add chia seeds for protein to my smoothie but not for the kids.
To keep the kids interested, I vary the additional fruit I use, sometimes using green grapes, gala apples, pears or fresh nectarines, none of which spoil the vibrant green colour. A few strawberries won’t result in an unappetising brown sludge but avoid other berries if the colour matters.
The kids willingly drink a glass of this every day if I can be bothered to make it. The lesson I’ve learnt is not to give up exploring ways of encouraging kids to eat healthily. Lead by example and be a good role model. You just never know when they’re ready to follow in your footsteps.