Forget about trying to coax your kiddo into eating all their veggies and give it to them straight: in juice form, that is. The following juicing recipes are big on yummy flavors and vitamins, making them the perfect easy breakfast-on-the-go or afterschool pick-me-up, especially during cold and flu season. Click through the 12 recipes below to get your daily dose.

 

Shrek Juice

Speaking of colorful juices, this one reminds us of the slime they used to dump on celebrities on Nickelodeon. 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.

Ingredients:
- 2 stalks celery
– 1 handful kale
– 2 apples

Yields one 8-12oz serving

Photo courtesy of Tim Gage via Flickr.

  • Melon Berry Splash Juice
  • Berry Red Beet Juice
  • Apple, Carrot, Orange & Ginger Juice
  • Strawberry-Apple Juice
  • Green Power Juice
  • Thomas’ “I won’t eat chicken, but I’ll drink kale” Juice
  • ABC Juice
  • Autumn Sunrise Juice
  • Morning Nourish Juice
  • Orange Jubilee Juice
  • Shrek Juice
  • Super Start Detoxing Juice

Tips for 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 without the “no pulp” whine.

–If you don’t have a juicer, try parboiling or partially baking root vegetables like carrots and beets to make them soft enough to whip in a blender.

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