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Superfoods for Super Kids

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Have your parents ever told you to eat your broccoli? That's because it is loaded with nutrients like fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants, which help keep us healthy. While we get the most benefit from eating raw broccoli, it's also great cooked in soups, pasta, and stir-fry dishes.


Brocc-acamole (serves 2-4 as part of a meal and 8-12 as an appetizer)

Ingredients
2 ripe avocados, diced
3/4 cup raw broccoli pieces (no stems) – finely chopped
1 tomato, diced
1/4 cup red onion, minced
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt

Method
Mix all the ingredients except the avocados. Then add in the avocados, gently folding them in so that there are still some chunks. Add salt to taste. This can be enjoyed as a dip or used as the filling in a sandwich, topping on a pizza, or mixed with rice and beans.


Super Kid Power Soup (serves 4-8)

Ingredients
2 pounds broccoli with stems
1 small onion, chopped
1 small potato, scrubbed and roughly chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups frozen green peas
Salt to taste

Method
Cut the broccoli into large pieces, separating the florets from the stems. Place the stems into a large pot along with the onion, potato, garlic powder, and 3 cups water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes. Add the broccoli florets and peas to the pot and cook for about 15 minutes or until the broccoli is very tender. Depending on the size of your blender, transfer the soup in two or three batches and blend until smooth. Return all soup to the pot and salt to taste. Bring to a boil once more before turning off heat and serving.