I don’t know about your kids, but mine are picky eaters. It’s been quite a bit of work over the years to get vegetables in my children’s diet, so when a friend encouraged me to start juicing for them, I was intrigued.
After listening to her and considering her thoughts, I decided to at least give it a try. I purchased an inexpensive juicer from a friend, because I didn’t want to spend a lot of money just in case this juicing adventure didn’t turn out well.
We started juicing at the beginning of this year, and even though we’re not avid juicers, we’ve discovered a few juices that we enjoy and provide the extra nutrition that I’m looking for.
Before I share my recipes for these juices, let me say this does not replace our daily intake of vegetables; it just adds to their diet an extra boost of nutrition.
I’ve found that what ever I juice, as long as I have an apple-orange base to start with, everyone will like it.
Today I’m sharing with you two juices that my kids love…even beg for! I’ll add that neither my children, or I are vegetable lovers. So disguising the vegetable flavor was important to me. I knew that if the juices tasted too much like vegetables, neither of us will be drinking them.
- 3 granny smith apples
- 3 oranges
- 2-4 handfuls of cranberries
- 7 large carrots
Start by cleaning and cutting your produce:
Feed the produce through your juicer, and you’ll end up with this:
3 granny smith apples
3-4 handfuls of spinach
2 broccoli stalks
Once again, clean and cut your produce:
Feed the produce through your juicer, and you end up with this:
In the summertime, my kids like to make popsicles from the juice. So instead of drinking right away, we freeze them to enjoy later. I’ve actually stopped purchasing popsicles, because they love the juice so much!
I personally enjoy the sweet mild flavor of the green juice, but my kids have informed me they love the orange flavor of the orange juice. So, if you’re looking for a tangy flavor, use more oranges (about three), but go light on the oranges if you like the milder flavors.
Have you juiced with your kids? What are some healthy alternatives your kids enjoy?