‘I Eat Kale’ Starring Nevaeh Lee

Getting kids to eat their veggies can be a difficult task,
however with a positive outlook, I promise that it CAN be done!

The trick is to change their perception of vegetables from “Yuck but Mom says I have to”, to “Wow we always have fun when the veggies are out!”

It helps to make every “green experience” they have be all about fun and games. Always keep up a positive attitude about it, respect that there are certain tastes they will need to grow into, and of course the age-old, “You will grow big and strong” truth never hurts 😀

Lastly, don’t forget the most important piece to raising veggie lovin/toleratin kids – take the pressure off yourself by removing any expectations! It’s OK if your kids don’t like kale right out of the gate, the important thing is that you are introducing them to it!

Lead by example and you can never go wrong! Keep up the good work Moms and Dads XO

Green Goodness Folate Smoothie!

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I’m sure, especially if you’ve had children, the that you’ve heard of folic acid and know what it is and why it is important to take during pregnancy and even before conception ( preventing neural tube defects in a developing baby ). But are you familiar with folate?

Folate is the general term used for a group of bio-available b-vitamins, and is also known as vitamin B9. Folic acid refers to the oxidized synthetic compound used in commercially manufactured vitamin supplements, and folate is naturally found in foods such as green leafy vegetables ( kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, swiss chard, ect. ), lentils, asparagus, broccoli and avocados.

Benefits & Risks of Folic Acid:

Research tells us that continual consumption of folic acid over extended periods of time actually increases one’s risk of developing cancer, particularly colon and and prostate cancers. http://chriskresser.com/folate-vs-folic-acid 

I would advise that you stick with the guidelines set with your doctor or midwife for supplementation during pregnancy ( unless you’ve done your own research to decide otherwise ), though it goes without saying that steering clear of the synthesized version of folate after the child bearing years would be a smart move for your health.

Benefits of Folate: 

Studies show that daily, and even weekly consumption of folate will considerably reduce your risk of developing heart disease and stroke. While there is little conclusive evidence to show that folate might be a sufficient alternative to supplementation before and during pregnancy, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to do both!

You and your baby will both benefit from getting your daily dose of green veggies 🙂 I should mention that beginning a juicing regimen during pregnancy is not safe, as your body will begin to detox and release toxins that can potentially be very harmful to baby. Blending and smoothies, however, is an excellent way for you to get the greenies you need!

This smoothie is a great way to start your day, pregnant or not!

Green Goodness Folate Smoothie ~

1 large ripe or slightly over-ripe banana

5 large kale leaves

1 1/2 – 2 ripe avocados

2 green apples

1 handful cilantro

7 drops Lemon oil

Blend and enjoy! Serves 2

Happy delicious blending everybody!