I cannot stress enough the benefits and importance of green leafy veggies. Just to mention a few:

  • packed full of calcium for strong teeth, bones and muscle function
  • rich in magnesium which assists muscle recovery and energy pathways
  • iron, so important for the immune system, energy production and more
  • chlorophyll and antioxidants, to protect the cells from damage
  • lots of fibre to keep tummies fuller for longer and ensure good digestion
  • alkalizing, which is important for overall health and protection against disease

So, have I made my point? 🙂 Teaching your children that greens are good and part of a normal diet is important from day 1. And this doesn’t mean your baby needs to chew on a lettuce leaf – but instead we can incorporate greens into soups and stews, delicious green smoothies (blog post coming up!), or these amazing “shrek” muffins (which kid doesn’t love shrek!!). Inspired by the amazing I Quit Sugar – Kid’s Cookbook. Find more recipes packed with greens and other goodness here.

Shrek Muffins:

3 cups mixed green leafy veggies, eg spinach, silverbeet, kale (with spinach probaby being the mildest and softest option)

1 cup almond meal

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup flaxseeds or LSA

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp sea salt*

2 eggs

1/4 cup melted coconut oil + more for greasing

 

Preheat the oven to 200°C and grease a 6 hole muffin tin with coconut oil.

Blitz the greens in a good blender on high speed until finely broken down. Add the dry ingredients and blend until well combined and all the flaxseeds are broken. Now add the eggs and coconut oil and blend on low speed until well incorporated.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared tins – not too full, as the muffins will rise slightly.

Bake for 25 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Turn out onto a wire rack and allow to cool. They taste amazing still slightly warm with butter! Store in an airtight container or in a ziplock bag in the freezer.

*Sea salt you ask?? Yes, sea salt is actually not bad for toddlers at all. Unlike table salt, which is pure sodium, sea salt contains all the minerals and electrolytes on the spectrum and is beneficial for health. Just not too much! A little bit goes a long way for enhancing flavour, however you don’t want your children craving salty foods.