DATE PUBLISHED: 24/03/2020
Getting your children to eat healthily is difficult… we all know the struggle! And to be honest, who wouldn’t rather eat a Jaffa Cake over an apple? You can hardly blame them! But that’s about to change as National Spinach Day (26/03/2020) is just around the corner. Sorry kids, it’s a rule, everyone just HAS to eat spinach on National Spinach Day… it’s just like pancake day!
Don’t worry parents, to make this battle a little bit easier for you, we’ve put together some fantastic spinach-based recipes that we’re sure you kids will love!
Easy Cheesey Pita Pizza
6 wholewheat pita pockets
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup fresh spinach
½ cup mozzarella cheese
Salt & pepper
½ teaspoon garlic powder
Preheat the oven to a medium heat.
Cook the spinach in the microwave: Put spinach in a microwavable bowl, add a tablespoon of water and cook for about 1 minute. There shouldn’t be any leftover water, but if there is, carefully drain it off.
Meanwhile, brush both sides of the pitas with olive oil, arrange on a baking tray and cook in the oven for 1 minute. Then remove.
Flip the pitas over and sprinkle lightly with salt & pepper. Add the spinach, garlic powder and top with cheese!
Cook again for about 2 minutes. Keep your eyes on them because they’ll burn quickly!
Let them cool for a few minutes then enjoy!
Super Spinach Cupcakes
½ cup applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup fresh spinach leaves
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
Prepare a mini muffin tray with liners, butter or non-stick spray.
Combine applesauce, eggs, vanilla, spinach and oil in a blender or food processor until you only see flecks of spinach.
Add the flour, baking powder, soda and salt, then mix thoroughly.
Fill each cup ⅔ full and bake for about 12 minutes. The tops should be spongy.
Cool on a rack and then enjoy!
Spinach & Pineapple Popsicles
1 cup fresh spinach
1 very ripe banana
½ cup milk (any type will do)
1 cup pineapple chunks
Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend until a smooth liquid.
Pour into popsicle moulds.