Nowadays, the food industry is stronger than never before in advertising processed food for kids. It causes our youngest ones a willingness to eat only that kind of food, which will contribute to the fat, sugar and salt addiction, causing the known obesity crisis that is hitting the world as we speak.
All these new concepts of raw plant-based food being more beneficial for our health is giving us a clue that we should do some changes in the diet our family eats. But how can we make it more appealing than a well-known sugary snack? Here are some easy ideas to prepare creative and nutritious plant-based, unprocessed snacks that your family will enjoy:
So the idea of plant-based food is to increase the intake of vegetables, but vegetables are the key problem when it comes to making kids eat healthier. There is probably no kid in the world that is capable of eating a broccoli without making a silly face!
The solution is to mix them up with something your kid will like, for example with nut butter or nut cheese. Make them try the nut butter or cheese first without any veggies, and then tell them to have it with a stick, and this is where you put the veggies. Make sure the size of the sticks are small, as kids like to see that their food is smaller so they can easily grab it and make the whole experience more fun!
For the chocolate lovers
If one thing is true, is that most of the kids love chocolate, especially chocolate desserts. The good thing about raw vegan dessert is that the ingredients used are all plant-based and unprocessed, like dried fruit, nuts or seeds, cacao, and natural sweeteners.
Cacao is the raw form of dark chocolate. It is by far one of the greatest superfoods Mother Nature has given us. It is full of a type of antioxidants called flavonoids which among their benefits, help the brain to stay more concentrated, more creative and enhance memory, plus they improve the person’s mood. What better reason to make kids have some cacao on their school snack? Here is a recipe for raw bliss balls using cacao, it is also nut free, in case of allergy or intolerance:
1 cup of dates
1 cup of desiccated coconut
2 tsp of cacao
¼ cup of cacao nibs (cacao beans or chips if nibs cannot be found)
2 tbsp of coconut oil
Peel from 2 oranges
Juice from 2 oranges
1 tbsp of vanilla
¼ cup of desiccated coconut (for rolling the bliss balls in)
Throw all the ingredients, apart from the extra desiccated coconut, into the blender or food processor and process until the dates are fully combined. If the mixture is too dry you can add some water to ensure all the ingredients blend well. Roll into balls and sprinkle with the remaining desiccated coconut. Freeze for an hour before serving.
Juice up the day
Another great idea is to put the veggies in smoothies or juices. Most of the kids love juices or smoothies, and it makes it easy for them to eat fresh vegetables like carrot, beets, and kale in combination with one or two fruits they like. Look for organic vegetables and fruits since you want to maximize their nutritional content and also make sure to chop or slice them, but not peel them (if it’s an edible peel of course).
Here is one juice recipe, tested and approved by some little ones:
1 cup of pineapple
2 medium carrots
1 small bulb of raw beetroot
1 chunk of ginger (1-2 cm long)
A handful of basil leaves
A small handful of ice cubes (optional)
Juice all the ingredients together if you got a proper juicer, or if not, blend them all together.
You don’t need to put your kids into a strict raw vegan diet; this is just to give them more options of healthy plant-based food that also tastes delicious!
It is also important that you get involved and supervise what the school has to offer or what are they taking from home. It is a great idea to eat with them when you are at home, so you can guide them to eat healthy food and be a role model on this as well.
About the Author
Bochakorn began her education in conventional medicine as a nurse, then shifted to embrace natural healing and integrative medicines. Her training and certifications abroad include: Nutrition and Western Herbal Medicines, Acupuncture and Moxibustion.
During her therapeutic sessions, she may also incorporate other aspects of integrative medicines when required, including: acupuncture, cupping therapy, moxibustion, nutritional, supplements and herbal recommendation.