As adults, we know that eating our vegetables is healthy and, in general, we like the taste of them. (Full disclosure: The author does not like beets.) However, convincing our kids to eat their vegetables can be a challenge. That’s a problem because, along with exercise, a healthy diet is one of the best preventative measures for optimal wellness.
For a tip on cracking this culinary conundrum, we turned to Dr. Elizabeth Baker, owner of Maryland Farms Chiropractic. Since 2010, she has been helping folks in town enjoy a life of good health, optimal wellness and natural pain relief through safe, natural treatments such as chiropractic adjustment, massage therapy, corrective exercise and nutritional counseling.
“Take your kids to the store and teach them how to pick out vegetables,” she offers as the first piece of advice. “It’s a life skill that they need to learn anyway.”
But that’s just for starters. Also, make sure to tap into your child’s inner chef by inviting them to help prepare the meal. It gives them a stake in what goes on their plate.
“It is more fun than just watching TV,” she says, “and makes the kids want to try what they have helped create!”
To get you going with a healthy, kid-friendly dish, Dr. Liz shares her recipe for Monster Pudding.
- 1 bunch fresh spinach
- 1 bunch parsley
- 1 avocado
- 4-6 ounces full-fat fat coconut milk (canned works best)
- 1/2-1 cup coconut water
- 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 scoop high-quality, naturally sweetened chocolate protein powder
- Liquid stevia drops
- Mini chocolate chips or cacao nibs for toppings (optional)
Mix first 10 ingredients in high-speed blender. Blend on high, stopping to scrape sides of the blender with spatula. Taste. Add stevia drops to sweeten to preference. Top with mini chocolate chips or cacao nibs for a healthier option.