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We introduced immune boosting juices to our kids, Oliver and Daisy, when they were very young. The secret to getting your kids into drinking these healthy drinks is to juice together mostly veggies but add as much fruit as you need so that the kids (and adults!) actually like the taste. Over time we added less and less fruit to avoid too much sugar. But to be honest, usually in the beginning you need a lot of fruit to get past the GREEN taste!
Our recipes are always made in one large batch for the whole family. If you want a smaller serving of these vitamin packed juices, simply quarter each recipe.
Organic and locally sourced produce is naturally the best choice. But, if you are not able to purchase Organic you can wash your produce in a vinegar bath (3 parts water and 1 part vinegar)
I recommend to add ginger in most recipes because a small amount is enough to aid digestion and is a natural anti-inflammatory. But if your kid is not into the taste then it’s totally fine to skip it.
I love to pre-cut and wash all the produce ahead of time and let the kids help in the actual juice making! They will love feeding the vegetables and fruit through the machine and watching the juice come out.
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This is our son, Oliver’s favorite juice. I particularly love it because it’s easy and tastes great! It’s fun because we can work as a team. He loves feeding the ingredients I’ve cut for him through the juicer. It is an amazing immune boosting juice for him and starts his day the right way!
When Ollie is feeling under the weather, I love to add garlic (nature’s antibiotic) to it. But, just a clove since it can get a little spicy!
For his little sister Daisy (1 year old), I make a simpler version to introduce juices to her:
Once your kids are a bit familiar with juices they will really appreciate this recipe and so will you. The taste is great and spinach is such a nutrient rich vegetable! It packs high amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K1, Folic Acid, Iron, and Calcium. To top that off, it contains several other vitamins and minerals, including potassium, magnesium, Vitamin B6, B9, and E. Spinach is a nutrient powerhouse!
My favorite juice ingredient (and sweetener) is pineapple! Kids love it, too and it is so full of vitamins! This juice has more of a tropical taste and, in this day and age where traveling is compromised, it can add a little taste of vacay to your day! 😉
They say to “eat a rainbow”! Well, we found a red juice recipe that the whole family loves. Did you know consuming beets really amps up your iron intake which gives you an energy boost! What parent doesn’t need that? And we want to make sure our kids get enough iron in their diet. All that extra energy from the beets are great for the next bike ride!
Juices are a great way to get nutrients into our bodies from a large amount of produce that our kids might not otherwise eat. But, sometimes we need something a bit more filling. Smoothies still contain the pulp and healthy fiber from the fruits and veggies, so they will keep your kids fuller for longer. They are also faster to make than juices, so they are great for when you are in a time crunch. This one is our all-time favorite and can be adapted to your child’s allergies and dietary restrictions.
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