Juicing With Kids

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.

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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.

Orange Juice:

  • 3 granny smith apples
  • 3 oranges
  • 2-4 handfuls of cranberries
  • 7 large carrots

Start by cleaning and cutting your produce:

Delicious juicing recipes that even my kids love! - Anchored In His Grace
I use a potato peeler to peel the orange, taking off the bitter rind, but leaving the skin; keeping as much of the nutrients from the orange as possible.
Delicious juicing recipes that even my kids love! - Anchored In His Grace
I use apples, and oranges as my base for the juice, and make sure I have at least one large carrot for each person.

 

Feed the produce through your juicer, and you’ll end up with this:

Delicious juicing recipes that even my kids love! - Anchored In His Grace
Before stirring. My kids called this the rainbow juice!

 

 

Delicious juicing recipes that even my kids love! - Anchored In His Grace
After stirring. Be sure you stir all the juices together to mix the flavor, and the nutrients.

 

 

Delicious juicing recipes that even my kids love! - Anchored In His Grace
We call it orange juice because of the beautiful orange color.

 

 

 

Delicious juicing recipes that even my kids love! - Anchored In His Grace
Yum, yum! My kids line up for their juice, and are constantly asking for more.

 

 

Delicious juicing recipes that even my kids love! - Anchored In His Grace
This is how much pulp I have after juicing. Some people enjoy using it for baking, but I normally toss it in our composter. Remember, the more produce you use, the more pulp you’ll have.

Green Juice:

  • 3 granny smith apples
  • 2 oranges
  • 3-4 handfuls of spinach
  • 2 broccoli stalks

Once again, clean and cut your produce:

Delicious juicing recipes that even my kids love! - Anchored In His Grace
I use the same peeling method for my oranges, and you can see, I just pile on the spinach. Typically 2-4 handfuls, but adjust it to your liking.

Feed the produce through your juicer, and you end up with this:

Delicious juicing recipes that even my kids love! - Anchored In His Grace
Before stirring. Spinach has a mild flavor, so even if you juice a lot of spinach, you won’t have an over powering vegetable flavor.

 

 

Delicious juicing recipes that even my kids love! - Anchored In His Grace
Isn’t that a beautiful green color? This has a mild, sweet flavor to it; add another orange to receive a more pronounced taste.

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?

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18 thoughts on “Juicing With Kids

    1. Thank you for sharing, Kristin! That was my story for years, wanting to try juicing, but not knowing where to start. My friend helped me get started, she shared some recipes with me, and we tweaked them to our liking. 🙂 Glad you stopped by!

    1. Yes, they have a lot of fun with this! They get really excited too, that they can drink some of their vegetables without tasting them. Anything to get them excited for vegetables, right? 🙂

  1. This is great! I needed this. My kids actually love fruits & veggies, but it’s still a smart thing to do. And you know what? I was cleaning out my appliance closet near my pantry when I found a nice Cuisinart Juicer, still in the box. For the life of us, we cannot figure out where this thing came from, but it’s too nice to get rid of. Looks like I need to dust it off and use it!
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    1. There’s definitely sacrifice of time and money involved. But, worth it. I can’t say that we juice on a daily basis, but it is something we enjoy when we do juice. And my hope is that we can develop a healthy habit over time. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Kim!

    1. I would love to hear what you think of the juices! We had to experiment a little to find out what we really like, and the taste varies depending upon how much (or how little) of each item you place in the juice. I hope it’ll be a way for you to get some more greens in your kiddos! Thanks for stopping by, Barbara!

  2. thanks for sharing these with us for MMM link up! We love juicing but have not done it in awhile. I am going to have to pull the juicer out and give these a try! I am sure my kids would love them! I am sharing this on my Adventures in Mindful Livings FB page!
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