Instead of resorting to drastic measures to get picky kids to eat their breakfast (you name it, we’ve tried it), disguise the most important meal of the day into something your 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 them a dose of much-needed vitamins and minerals, and a boost to a sleepy morning. Scroll through the gallery to discover 12 of our favorite recipes.
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.
Super Start Detoxing Juice
Combine this juice with a regular exercise routine, and you’ll be back to feeling fit 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 handful blueberries
Yields one 12-16oz serving
Photo courtesy of fo.ol via Flickr.
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