In all likelihood, you already know kale, love kale, and use beautiful kale in a variety of dishes. Kale is a great source of vitamins and minerals for adults, and it also provides essential nutrients that growing kids need.
To name just a few:
1. Vitamin A promotes normal growth, healthy skin, and tissue repair, and aids in night and color vision.
2. B vitamins promote red blood cell formation and assist in a variety of metabolic activities.
3. Vitamin C strengthens connective tissue, muscles, and skin, accelerates wound healing and bone repair, and increases resistance to infection.
4. Vitamin D promotes tooth and bone formation and regulates the absorption of minerals like calcium.
5. Iron is essential for the production of blood and the building of muscles, and is especially important during periods of rapid growth. Healthy iron levels also ward off depression, listlessness and infection in children.
6. Calcium is necessary for healthy bone development. An inadequate calcium intake during childhood can not only affect present growth but might also help contribute to the development of weakened and porous bones (osteoporosis) later in life.
So how can you get your kids to try out this nutrient-packed green? By disguising it in a yummy, youngster-friendly dish like the following ones:
- Pesto is a subtle and delicious way to incorporate herbs and vegetables into a dish the whole family will gobble up. Pesto is also healthy, containing raw olive oil, omega- 3 rich walnuts, veggies and herbs. With kale as a secret super ingredient, your kids won't even notice how green and nutritious this meal is.
Savory Bread Pudding with Kale
- You already know bread pudding as a sweet, hearty brunch dish or even a decadent dessert. But did you know you can add savory ingredients and veggies to create a healthy, quick, one-dish dinner? Bread pudding is also a great way to repurpose slightly stale bread. -
- Tried and true - kids love kale chips and will munch on them as happily as their fat-laden counterpart, the potato chip. A fun and healthy snack.
Enjoy your weekly intake of kale!
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• 10 health benefits of eating kale
• crispy kale chips
• savory bread pudding with kale
• pasta with kale and walnut pesto
• kale recipes for kids
• Pineapple Cucumber and Kale Smoothie