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Aaron’s Kale & Banana Shake

Aaron Craze

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Kale
Kale
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Serves: 2

Prep time: 5 mins

Ingredients:

250g kale

1 large or 2 medium bananas (the riper the better!)

500ml water

40g raw cashews

3 tbsp honey

1 cup of ice

1 tsp vanilla extract

Veg Portions / Serving: 2

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Recipe donated by Aaron Craze from loveyourgreens.co.uk

Method:

1. Add the kale, cashews, ice and water in to a juice blender and blend well.

2. Pass liquid through a sieve then pour back in to the juicer (clean any pulse out first)

3. Now add the banana, vanilla and the honey blend till smooth then pour into a large glass.

Don’t have a juicer? Blitz the ingredients in a blender until smooth. If you want it extra smooth, you can pass through a sieve before serving. You might find it is easier if you soak the cashews for a few hours first to avoid bittiness.

Engaging Kids

Engaging Kids

Kids who engage regularly with veg through veg-themed activities, such as arts and crafts, sensory experiences, growing and cooking are shown to be more likely to eat the veg they engage with. Encouraging kids to engage and play with veg is the handy first step to them developing a good relationship with veg and life-long healthy eating.

Kids in the kitchen

Kids in the kitchen

Let the kids make these themselves! Get them to add the ingredients to the juicer or blender and push the buttons to blitz or juice. If using the sieve, hold it still and let them push the mixture through with a spoon. If using a blender and soaking the cashews first, let them add them to a bowl and pour water over them.

Activities

Activities

While getting kids to interact with veggies for real and using their senses to explore them is best, encouraging hands off activities like arts & crafts, puzzles & games or at-home science experiments can be a great start, particularly for those who are fussier eaters or struggle with anything too sensory. Use these veg-themed activities as a stepping stone to interacting with the veg themselves. We have loads of crafty downloads here, puzzles here, and quirky science with veg here.

Sensory

Sensory

Once you feel your child is ready to engage a little more, you can show them how to explore the veg you have on hand with their senses, coming up with playful silly descriptions of how a veg smells, feels, looks, sounds and perhaps even tastes. Find ideas, videos and some simple sensory education session ideas to get you started here.

Serving

Serving

The moments before food is offered can be a perfect opportunity for engagement that can help make it more likely a child will eat it! Giving children a sense of ownership in the meal can make a big difference to their feelings going into it and the pride they take in it. You know your child best, but if you aren’t sure where to start, we have some fun and simple ideas for easy roles you can give them in the serving process over here.

Aaron Craze

Aaron Craze was one of the second group of trainees from Channel 4's Jamie's Kitchen programme. Aaron left school with no formal qualifications and worked in several jobs before applying to become a trainee in Jamie Oliver's London restaurant, Fifteen, graduating from its Chef Training Programme with merit. Since then Aaron has worked at restaurants including London's The Ivy and has appeared in television programmes including Junior Bake-Off.

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