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.

 

ABC Juice

This juice recipe is a classic and a definite must-have in your juicing arsenal. It only has three ingredients, and, you guessed it, each item stands for one of the first three letters of the alphabet. Make a game out this recipe by letting your kiddo switch up the ingredients to spell different words.

Ingredients:
2 apples
1 beet
2 carrots

Yields one 8-12oz serving

Photo courtesy of freshtopia.net 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