April is Earth Month! Go Green with These Fun Recipes

Green foods contain chlorophyll. Who's up for a botany lesson?

Colorful plates are healthy plates! Celebrating "green" is easy in the kitchen and gives us an opportunity to excite our kids about eating healthier. Celebrate Earth Day or Arbor Day this April with these fun and healthy recipes that you can make together. You might even learn something new along the way.

Green Macaroni and Cheese

All kids love macaroni and cheese, and this version adds a healthy bit of baby spinach for a green version just right for Earth Day. Here is some fun spinach trivia you can share with your kids while cooking:

* Medieval artists used spinach to make green paint.

* Crystal City, Texas, which grows a lot of spinach, put up a statue of Popeye.

* Spinach is a member of the goose-foot family. The leaves look kind of like the foot of a goose.

Green Ice Pops

Popsicles are a no-fail way to get your kids' attention. This version uses kale, pineapple, bananas and coconut for a healthier green version that is just as fun to make as it is to eat.

Did you know the Popsicle was invented by a kid? In 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson invented the frozen treat when his sugar water froze outside overnight!

Mint Lime Spring Green Fruit Salad

This yummy salad combines different flavors and textures that wake up your palate with a surprise in every bite. It uses avocados, green apples, pistachios, kiwi, lime and mint for a dish that is as healthy as it is green.

Green foods contain chlorophyll, so making this salad presents a great opportunity for an impromptu botany lesson with your kids.

Kale Chips

Just say the word "chip" and the kids come running. Here is a cooler version that uses kale instead of potatoes.

While you're waiting for your chips to roast, why not play a game to see who can pronounce these kale-related words? Beta-carotene, flavonols, quercetin, alpha-lipoic acid, Glutathione, glucosinolates and anti-oxidants.

Avocado Toast

Even though your kids may not care that avocados help fight cancer and prevent heart disease, they'll love smashing up the avocados to make this creamy spread. This recipe calls for you to spread it on toast, but it would also be great as a dip for green apples or bell peppers.

Green Goddess Veggie Wrap

This versatile idea lets you celebrate Earth month your own way. Even though it calls for tomatoes, avocados and alfalfa sprouts, it's the green tortilla wrap that makes it so much fun. Use this recipe or let your kids make up their own - they can even turn peanut butter and jelly green!

Content by Cherri Megasko.
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