If you’re a parent looking to get your kids to eat a little more greens – or you’re an adult who still refuses to eat anything that isn’t pasta (let’s not lie to ourselves, we’d all rather ) – Kristen Bell has just the trick to help you out.
The actress and mom of two took to Instagram last week to share a unique recipe with her followers. “Can I tell you a major secret to get people to eat broccoli?” Bell says while standing in her kitchen. She then shows her stovetop and broccoli cooking in a pot: “Steam your broccoli, right? That’s pretty normal.”
The 37-year-old then drops her very interesting tip: “Add salt, a little bit of crushed pretzels and a little bit of parmesan cheese. Game over, everyone will eat it. It’s delicious.” I’m salivating just thinking about it. For those not wanting to cause harm to any living beings, the Frozen and television show The Good Place star has provided a vegan option too: simply swap out the parmesan with nutritional yeast and lemon juice instead.
“I think it’s important to make eating not just conscious, but fun, and I think it’s important to pay attention to where your food is from and what food is going into your body,” Bell said last year. “I knew that from a really young age because I became a vegetarian at 11 and my mom’s a nurse so she said if you’re going to be a vegetarian you need to know what foods you need and how to feed your body.” She admits it’s not always that easy.
On the big occasions like Thanksgiving, the actress confesses she has forgotten to cater to the more health conscious, ie herself. She recalls last year’s holiday: “Between me and my mom, we forget to pull the tofurkey out of the freezer. We were so concerned with the turkey for everyone, so 5 p.m. rolls around and we’re like ‘Oh no, we have a frozen tofurkey.’”
Bell, who is married to actor Dax Shepard, says around the holidays they are usually craving a sweet potato dish: “There’s so much you can do with it like twice baking it and adding to it to be sweet or savory by putting fruit like pomegranates on top or putting maple syrup on top of it.”
While the couple like to eat what is seasonally available, Bell says it’s also important to know where the food they eat comes from. This is one reason why she shops at Whole Foods – important, as she’s a brand ambassador for them, after all. She says, “I think it’s important to make eating not just conscious, but fun, and I think it’s important to pay attention to where your food is from and what food is going into your body.”
Many of you will see the parmesan and pretzels and yell: “That’s not allowed, it’s unhealthy now!” Whilst not wrong, you’re forgetting the point. Moderation and balance is the key, as long as you don’t pour yourself a mountain of cheese and eat an entire bag with your pretzels, you can make a healthy dish that much tastier.