Do you give your little ones raw, green juice or smoothies? It’s a great way to get their greens in as long as you’re not overdoing it with fruit. Balance, right?Some kids dig the naturally bitter flavor of veggies just fine, others…not-so-much. Some kiddos need their tastebuds retrained because they have been used to really sweet things and really salty things (thanks to our food industry). The very idea or taste of a vegetable or veggie juice is just too bitter for their hijacked tastebuds and they revolt. Don’t give up! It takes time if your kiddos have been used to one way.
Did You Know?
Kids & adults should be getting 5-13 servings of vegetables/dy. (we’re not talking USDA standards here, we’re talking optimal health!). Crazy, huh?
1 serving of vegetables = 1 cup raw, 1/2 cup cooked, 3/4 cup juiced
Adults in the U.S. get an average of 2-3 servings of veggies/dy.
Each child in the U.S. gets an avg. of 0-1 servings of veggies/dy.
Yeah…no bueno. We can do better than this, right?! And, it can be done a lot easier by including raw juices and green smoothies in our diets, especially when we’re on the go!
Little Green Juice
- 2 celery stalks
- 2 big bunches or fistfuls of spinach
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 big swiss chard leaf
- 1/2 apple (you can take this down to 1/4th if they can handle it 🙂 )
- Squeeze of lemon using one of these
Go organic, why juice pesticides! Wash all produce. Then, prep. Cut celery ends & de-seed apple. Send all produce through your juicer. Drink quickly (due to oxidation) and enjoy!
For green juices, this is the best quality blender for your buck (in my opinion). I’ve had this one for almost 3 years, no problems, dry pulp and super affordable for a quality juicer.
For green smoothies, the Vitamix is the blender of all blenders because it does more than just blend, it makes nut butters, flour out of almonds and rice, etc. and even warm soups depending on the one you get. It’s definitely an investment, but a great one at that.
Also, for green smoothies, the Oster is a good blender, gets the job done, affordable (compared to a Vitamix), and has good reviews:
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