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.
This pretty in pink juice from FoodNetwork.com is the perfect way to wake your littles up on a weekend morning. The chia seeds help thicken the mixture and provide a boost of fiber.
2 cups strawberries, tops removed
1 medium Red Delicious apple, peeled and cored
1 tablespoon chia seeds, optional
Juice the strawberries, then the apple, following your juicer's specific settings for each. Stir in the chia seeds if using and let soak for 5 minutes. Serve the juice immediately over ice, if desired.
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