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Drink Your Veggies: Juicing Recipes For Picky Eaters

When it comes to getting our kids to eat anything that remotely resembles a vegetable, we’ve all tried the usual tricks from sneaking shredded broccoli into their macaroni to taking away iPad privileges to drowning anything green in butter and cheese. Instead of resorting to bribery (been there, done that) we’ve found a clever way of disguising those pesky veggies into something that kids love–juice! We’re talking fresh fruits and veggies like kale, carrots, apples, pears, and beets that you can juice into healthy and energy-rich drinks that will give your little ones their much-needed vitamins and minerals. Read on for some awesome juice recipes that both you and your kids will slurp down faster than you can say, “Drink your veggies.” Happy juicing!

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.

Green Power Juice
Our friend Dr. Michael Murray of SPUD (they deliver fresh organic fruits and veggies directly to your doorstep) is their resident natural medicine expert and juicing fanatic. He calls this juice recipe “a great tasting green drink that most kids love.” It’s chock full of fruits to give it a sweet taste, but delivers lots of vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, and fiber.

- 1 handful of Swiss chard, kale, spinach or a combination
– 1 pear
– 1 cup strawberries
– 1/2 lemon, unpeeled
– 1 apple, cut into chunks

Juice the greens first, followed by the pear, strawberries, lemon, and apple.

ABC Juice
This juice recipe is a classic and a definite must-have in your juicing arsenal. It only has three ingredients, and, you guessed it, each items stands for one of the first three letters of the alphabet. Make a game out this recipe by letting your kiddo switch up the order of ingredients to spell different words.

- 2 apples
– 1 beet
– 2 carrots

Yields one 8-12oz serving

Morning Nourish Juice
This super juice is just what busy moms and their little munchkins need to get their day started. Since pears are less allergenic than other fruits, they are great for infants and the littler set, while still delivering a daily dose of vitamin C and fiber.

- 1 pear
– 1 handful kale
– 1 apple
– 2 stalks celery

Yields one 8-12oz serving

Orange Jubilee Juice
No doubt your kid is an expert on identifying colors, so they’ll love the bright orange hue of this hearty beverage. And they’ll hardly notice the carrots through the naturals sugars from the orange and apple (try Fujis or a similar sweet variety).

- 1 orange
– 3 carrots
– 1 apple

Yields one 8-12oz serving

Shrek Juice
Speaking of colorful juices, this one reminds us of the slime they used to dump on celebrities on the Nickelodeon channel. Tell your kiddo that it’s the same slime recipe that gave the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles their powers and he or she might be even more inclined to gulp it down.

- 2 stalks celery
– 1 handful kale
– 2 apples

Yields one 8-12oz serving

Autumn Sunrise Juice
Like a Tequila Sunrise without the mommy juice, this fruit/veggie concoction is a good balance between sweet and tart. Plus, adding in a few veggies gives this otherwise fruity drink an extra healthy kick.

- 1 apple
– 1 orange
– 2 carrots
– 2 celery stalks
– 1/2 lemon

Yields one 8-12oz serving

Super Start Detoxing Juice
Combining this juice with a regular exercise routine, and you’ll be back to your skinny jean size before you know it. Think of this as your homespun version of V8 at a fraction of the cost. And when your little ones see you downing this super juice, they’ll want to try some too.

- 1 handful kale
– 1 handful collard greens
– 2 celery stalks
– 1/4 cucumber
– 1 carrot
– 1 tomato
– 1/2 lemon
– 1/2 apple
– 1 handful blueberries

Yields one 12-16oz serving

Thomas’ “I won’t eat chicken, but I’ll drink kale” juice
This recipe comes to us from Red Tricycle’s own Director of Sales, Charina Lumley. She makes this juice on a daily basis for her son Thomas, who prefers his morning juice from his special snowman sippy cup.

- 3 Romaine lettuce leaves
– 2 kale leaves
– 1 cup spinach
– 1 handful of baby carrots
– 1 Fuji apple (or similar sweeter variety)
– 1/2 Navel orange (or 1 clementine)

Wash fruits and vegetables. Juice greens followed by fruits. Immediately serve in your kiddo’s favorite sippy cup and enjoy.

Yields one 8-10oz serving

Have you introduced juicing to 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

photo credit: sass_face via flickr, veganheathen via flickr, kc7fys via flickr, tamara_smith_ via flickr, Tim Patterson via flickr, tamakisono via flickr, jamjar via flickr, Tim Gage via flickr, fo.ol via flickr, & Charina Lumley

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