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.

 

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.

Ingredients:
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

Photo courtesy of fo.ol 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