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Drink Your Veggies: Juicing Recipes For Picky Eaters

Instead of resorting to drastic measures to get picky kids to eat their veggies (pureed cauliflower in pasta dishes, bribery—you name it, we’ve tried it), we’ve found a clever way of disguising those pesky vegetables into something that kids love—juice! Fresh fruits and veggies like kale, carrots, apples, pears, and beets can easily become healthy and energy-rich drinks that will give your little ones their much-needed vitamins and minerals.

Things to know before you start juicing

– Combinations of ingredients are super important, especially when maximizing the juice’s nutritional value without compromising flavor. While you may be a fan of mixing a whole mess of fruits and veggies together, your kiddos might want something a little less adventurous.

– Certain foods like ginger can overpower or mask other flavors, so use them sparingly.

– You can increase the fiber content by blending the pulp and combining it with your juice for an extra healthy boost.

Melon Berry Splash Juice
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Melon Berry Splash Juice

Skip the sugar-laden store-bought juices in favor of a refreshing homemade mix like this one from Courtney’s Sweets. You don’t need a juicer for this recipe, and using a blender ensures that you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals (rather than losing them in the pulp).

Ingredients:
4 cups watermelon
Juice of 1 lemon
10 frozen strawberries, partially thawed

Method:
In a blender combine the above ingredients. Blend until smooth. Enjoy! Serves 3.

  1. Melon Berry Splash Juice
  2. Berry Red Beet Juice
  3. Apple, Carrot, Orange, and Ginger Juice
  4. Strawberry-Apple Juice
  5. Green Power Juice
  6. Next

 

Have you introduced juicing into your kid’s diet? If so, we want to know your go-to recipes that your little ones love—leave a comment below!

– Scott Wardell and Susie Foresman

photo credit: sass_face via flickr, freshtopia.net via flickr, J@YGS via flickr, kc7fys via flickr, Tim Gage via flickr, Breville USA via flickr, fo.ol via flickr, & Charina Lumley

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