By Wendy Gabbe Day, Guest Contributor
Raising Vegan Kids — Got Greens?
Dark leafy greens are one of the most nutrient-dense veggies—they’re packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals.
We add dark leafy greens to our kids’ meals by blending and processing them into smoothies, sauces, and dips. We’ve found it’s easiest to blend greens into some of their favorite meals and snacks, such as Magic Green Muffins, Green Monster Smoothie, and chop greens into their Bean Pasta Sauce.
Our little ones love hummus, so why not add a couple cups of greens to their favorite dip?
Green Halloween Hummus
Yields about 2 cups.
- 2 cups garbanzo beans
- ⅓ cup tahini
- ⅓ cup water
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups fresh spinach—packed
- In a food processor, add all the ingredients except the greens.
- Process for 30 seconds and then scrape down the sides with a spatula. Process again and repeat until hummus is smooth. Add more water if needed.
- Add the spinach and process until it is well combined.
- Add more salt or other seasonings to taste or drizzle with a little olive or flax oil.
Wendy Gabbe Day is a proud mama of two vegan kids, the author of Scatter Vegan Sweets, a vegan cooking instructor, food blogger at Lively Days, co-producer of Vegan: Everyday Stories, and former coordinator of Portland, OR’s annual VegFest. Wendy has been vegetarian since birth and a vegan since the age of five.