One of the challenges for kids (of all ages) is making sure to eat enough green foods. Leafy green vegetables and herbs are among the most powerful and beneficial foods for overall health and wellness.
According to whole food nutritional research reported by WHF foods leafy greens can help with all of the following:
- Decreasing the likelihood of contracting certain kinds of cancers
- Helping combat ovarian and prostate cancer
- Supporting bone growth in kids and bone density in adults – this is due to vitamin K and calcium and magnesium
- Contributing to good circulation and healthy heart function
- Promoting easy digestion and elimination – especially when greens are eaten raw
- Reducing inflammation
- Supporting brain function due to vitamin E
- Providing plenty of iron for energy and endurance
- Helping the body to detoxify – due to high levels of chlorophyll
We don’t have to look far in nature to see the benefits of eating plenty of greens.
Our closest genetic relatives are chimpanzees and gorillas. Chimps eat about 60% of their diet in greens. Gorillas are at about 80%. Both species are pound for pound much, much stronger than humans.
The trick for most of us, including children, is getting enough greens in our diets. I personally like to use green superfood powders in addition to drinking plenty of fresh green juices and eating salads. The green powders combined with the juices are concentrated and nutrient dense, yet small enough to eat in relatively large quantities.
But for many people salads, juices and green smoothies can get somewhat boring.
I’m really happy to report that everyone in my family, including my small daughter, loves the pesto I make. It only takes 15 minutes to create and keeps for a couple of weeks. For the kids, it’s also high in calories and good fats, plus all the goodness of the greens.
Here’s my Pesto Recipe that kids love
Tools needed: Blender
- 2 c fresh basil leaves
- 2 c arrugula
- 2 T parsley
- 2 T corriander
- 1 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 medium cloves of garlic (garlic health benefits here)
- 1/2 T celtic sea salt
- 1/2 C cold pressed olive oil
- 2 c nuts and/or seeds – I prefer cashews and pumpkin seeds – macadamia nuts and traditional pine nuts are also great
Wash all the greens and place them in the bottom of the blender. Add all the other ingredients except the nuts and blend until you arrive at a liquid consistency. Next add the nuts and blend until they are well incorporated.
My little one loves this on celery or packed inside of cherry tomatoes. I love pesto wrapped up in a nori sheet with even more greens on it.