We’re always on the lookout for ways to get more dark leafy greens into our family. We’ve made kale pesto, spinach smoothies, green juice, and we’ve massaged the truth, telling our kids that greens will give them strong muscles, but we’ve never applied broccoli topically – until now.
The Green Cream, with ingredients like coconut, broccoli seed, and olive oil, at first seems like it might belong in the kitchen cupboard but don’t let the ingredients fool you. This is like salad for your skin. The cream is silky and light, a little goes a long way and, thanks to the essential oil blend of parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme, the aroma is fresh, addictive, and no, you don’t end up smelling like, well, salad. Graydon, the company behind The Green Cream, sources their ingredients from Canadian growers; hence, the broccoli seed oil they use has enzymes that are still alive and work to wake up your skin. Think anti-aging, anti oxidants, anti-inflammatory, pore refining and more. We (and our skin) can’t get enough of these greens!
But we’re keeping the cream just for us, so when it comes to greens for the kids they’re still getting theirs the old fashioned way. And while we’re big fans of consistently serving vegetables to our kids, we’ve heard that, on average children need to see a particular vegetable on their plate six times before they accept it, so we sometimes resort to sneaking in the veggies. Here are a few of our favourite “green” recipes for kids:
Our family coined the title but the recipe can found in Jessica Seinfeld’s book Deceptively Delicious
- In a bowl combine 1 cup breadcrumbs or panko, ½ cup flaxseed meal, 1 Tbsp Parmesan, ½ tsp each paprika, garlic, and onion powder.
- In a shallow bowl mix 1 cup pureed steamed broccoli and 1 egg.
- Cut 1 lb chicken into nugget-sized pieces. Dip into the egg mixture and then toss in the breadcrumbs.
- Though the recipe says to fry, we prefer to bake ‘em on a parchment-lined cookie sheet at 400 for 20 minutes.
Broccoli Pomegranate Yogurt Salad
This is an updated version of an old family favourite from Vegetarian Everyday
- Wash 2 heads of broccoli and chop into bite-size pieces.
- Place in a bowl with 1 finely chopped small red onion, 1 cup raisins, ½ cup toasted sunflower seeds, and 1 cup plain yogurt.
- Lastly, add the seeds from one pomegranate. Add salt and pepper to taste and prepare for a taste sensation!
Whether it’s on our skin or in our stomachs, broccoli is our favourite shade of spring green.
Graydon The Green Cream: clinicalluxurybynature.com/product/the-green-cream
Yo mamas and papas! Getting your green on this month? It is Earth month after all. We make it easy being green:
By: Sierra Dante