Juicing isn't just something healthy you can do for your kids, but something you can turn into a family activity. As a family, you can have fun shopping for fruits and vegetables, gather around the kitchen table to develop new recipes, and write a book of juicing recipes to enjoy together. Here are some different ways making homemade juice is good for the entire family to be involved.
Everyone Will Learn Something New
It is always a good idea to learn something new as a family. When first exploring juicing, it can be a little discouraging when you realize you are learning something new that will be all your responsibility.
If your kids are old enough, they can join you by helping shop for the juicer, reading the instructions, or participating in a juicing challenge to learn juicing essentials.
You Can Create Recipes Together
As you go along, you should start by using juicing recipes. Using recipes shows you the type of flavors you can accomplish with different fruits, vegetables, and herbs to make the best green juice. However, there are other ways to get recipes.
Get courageous and start altering recipes you find to fit your preferences, then gradually turn these into custom recipes your family enjoys. Let your kids come up with unique recipes, and try them all as a family.
It Encourages Kids To Be Healthier
Healthy lifestyle changes aren't always easy, especially for kids. However, involving your kids in the entire process may spark more interest in adopting healthy habits. When they see all the fresh produce used, they will understand that nothing extra is needed to make their juice, and they will enjoy it more than drinking juice at a store filled with additives.
For a long time, my picky eater typically wanted nothing to do with healthy homemade options. I challenged him to compare flavor profiles of what we could find at the store compared to what we make at home together using family recipes. We started with bread. He was amazed by how much better the homemade bread tasted. He was also surprised by the texture of the homemade bread was much nicer. Second, we compared homemade cookies to ones from a local restaurant. He decided our homemade ones tasted better too. We experimented with fresh homemade apple juice, compared it to the apple juice he loved from the store, and noticed the same trend.
In each scenario, we researched the ingredients together and showed why food tastes better without preservative additives. We also worked together to can the juice to store it for the off-season when fresh apples weren't readily available.
Our family experiment proved to my picky eater that food tastes much better at home without all the additives, sparking a healthier diet. Adding veggies to his juice was a crucial turning point in his poor eating habits, and
Fruits and Vegetables That Kids Enjoy
When you start making healthy green juice for your kids, you will want to use a variety of fruits and vegetables. Try different ingredients to offer a variety for a wider range of benefits and tastes. If your they drink the same green juice every morning, they may get bored and lose interest. Instead, use more fruits and vegetables your kids like to make it more compelling. Here are fruits and vegetables that my kids like that we started with:
If you have picky eaters (like mine), try to sweeten your vegetable or green juices with some fruit.
Here are some of the top favorite fruits among children:
Berries: Kids often love berries, making them one of their favorite fruits. Strawberries are usually high on the list, because they are sweet and juicey, with a bit of a tangy flavor. They're also nutritious and perfect for juicing and berries like raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Use lots of these in your juice.
Apples: If your kids enjoy apples, use them (pink lady apples are the favorite in my home). There is a lot of juice in apples, which acts as a natural sweetener.
Citrus fruits: Most kids don't always enjoy eating citrus fruits like lemons, limes, tangerines, and grapefruits, but they do tend to like them as an ingredient. To brighten your juice's flavor profile, try adding a small lemon or grapefruit.
Tropical fruit: Don't forget about more tropical and exotic fruits, such as watermelon, mango, cantaloupe, kiwi, dragonfruit, or papaya to break up the monotony.
Peaches and Pears: More fruit favorites among children are peaches, pears, nectarines, plums, cherries, and apricots.
Which veggies to use and how depends on the kids and which vegetables they like. Some kids love kale, while others can't stand to look at it. My pikey eater happens to not like the idea of eating veggies, so placing them into juice helps him gain some of the nutrition he wouldn't ordinarily eat on his own. Here is a list of generalized veggies to try adding to your juice.
Beets: Many kids don't realize that beets have a sweet and tangy flavor to go along with their bright red (FUN) color. They make a great contribution to juicing with their rich nutrition.
Greens: Don't put off making green juice with plenty of leafy greens, as many kids like it. You are still adding a bit of fruit juice to your green juice so that it will taste different from vegetables. However, when used correctly, kids often enjoy kale and spinach in their green use.
Carrots: Carrots are the perfect vegetable to add to a juice to increase its health benefits. Kids like carrots, so that's a significant plus.
Juicing Recipes That Improve Your Kids'Kids' Focus and Wellness
One thing many parents struggle with is kids that are constantly getting the cold or flu or various other infections. You can use juicing to your advantage and help them fight off these illnesses with food-based vitamins and minerals. Consider some of these juicing recipes to fight disease.
Nutritious Ingredients To Use
Before getting into the individual recipes, let's discuss some of the healthiest fruits, veggies, and herbs rich in vitamins and minerals. These superfoods are excellent sources of nutrients, which will help your kids have the most nutritious juice possible. These ingredients are known for their vitamin C and antioxidants to help fight off illness.
- Citrus fruit
Fruity Carrot Juice Recipe
Carrots are known to be excellent for vision, so they are suitable for growing children. They can also be helpful with focus, concentration, and fighting off illness. However, carrot juice isn'tisn't the tastiest juice for kids. So you want to start with your carrots, then add some fruit to sweeten it up, such as apples and oranges.
Morning Citrus Juice Recipe
Instead of giving your kids a glass of orange juice from the concentrate you bought in the store, consider making your own citrus juice. Store-bought juice, even when listed as organic, is not fresh and often contains added sugar. Fruit contains natural sugar, so adding more sugar is unnecessary. Instead, make your own citrus juice by combining oranges and grapefruit. This juice gives you tons of antioxidants and vitamin C, which can help fight illnesses and infections. You can also add other citrus fruits like lemons and limes.
Sweet Kale Juice Recipe
Green juice (often made with kale) has a mild flavor that is easily overpowered by fruit or sweeter vegetables like carrots. To make it tasty, start with a handful of kale in the juicer, then add a citrus fruit, such as lemon or lime. You can add a tropical fruit like mango or papaya, and finish with some of your kids' favorite berries.
Lemon Peach Juice Recipe
The last recipe also uses carrots as the primary vegetable ingredient. You can also add a little kale or spinach to turn this into green juice. In addition to your veggies, add a few peaches to the juice, along with lemon and some fresh basil.
Green Juice Recipe Ideas
Green juicing with your kids can be a fun activity to participate in as a family. It provides a good way for them to get their daily vitamins without stressing too much about their meals and snacks. However, you can also choose specific recipes with particular benefits. For example, some juicing recipes contain certain fruits and veggies to help with memory, focus, and concentration. Consuming brain-supporting foods helps your kids focus in school and may also establish healthy habits that will help them throughout their lives. Here are some green juicing recipes to try out for focus and concentration.
Kale and Carrots Ingredients
Kale and carrots are often used in juice to increase your kids' vitamin intake and also help with focus and memory. Carrots are an excellent source of nutrients known to improve memory, while kale has vitamins that are great for focus and concentration. You can juice up these veggies, then add in some herbs and fruit for the taste. Try a little bit of ginger, or add juice from a lemon or apple to sweeten it.
Berry Apple Juice Ingredients
For the kids who don't like veggies, there is a recipe that only uses fruit. These fruits also contain many vitamins and minerals that can help with studying and concentration in school, and overall focus.
Use any berries your kids enjoy. My kids' favorites are strawberries, cherries, or blueberries.
Add a quick squeeze of lime and 1-2 apples to finish the focus juice.
Fruit and Vegetable Fusion Juice Ingredients
This juice is the perfect combination of fruits and veggies. It offers nutrients for focus and concentration while providing enough ingredients to give it a delicious flavor.
It will also have a fun red color, so that's always a plus.
For the veggies, use red cabbage, kale, and carrots. You can also add in half a cucumber. Add in some berries, apples, and peeled mango slices.
Should You Start Juicing With Your Kids?
I have never met a kid who doesn't like juice. Making your own juice at home is much healthier than store-bought options, allowing you to enjoy the nutrients juicing offers without adding harmful sugars or preservatives.
Whether you choose to juice is a very personal decision. If you need help deciding whether this lifestyle change is for you, connect with your local natural wellness providers. I highly recommend talking with a Naturopath, Chiropractor, and/or Biological Dentist.
A quick note from my biological dentist: “If you're going to drink juice, be sure to swish your mouth with filtered water afterward (it is ok to swallow). Do not brush your teeth right away, or you could drive fruit acids into your teeth.
Nicole is a wife, homeschooling mom, child of God, Navy veteran, information research analyst, and entrepreneur currently serving as a writer, healthy lifestyle coach, and flexible business strategist. Since earning a BA in Business from Virginia Wesleyan University, focusing on business strategy, she has also taken many courses and seminars in Psychology, Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Chemistry, Biology, and Theology. She loves gardening, needlepoint, hiking, animals, and teaching natural wellness and healthy lifestyle topics.