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 for kids 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 13 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.
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.
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