Are your kids picky eaters? Would they prefer eating sand on a playground than any vegetable? I was one of those kids as well myself. I would not eat a piece of salad even if my mom begged me, threatened me or tried to bribe me with a promise of buying a toy. Maybe I was just a fussy eater, or she just used the wrong approach. Because of that, we prepared juice recipes for kids that they can't resist!
A better way to make children eat more veggies is adding them into the dishes that may look like it is something else. After I dragged myself out of my childish comfort zone and gave spinach a try. I realised that it doesn’t taste like poison at all. Actually, it tasted pretty good and soon after, I asked for it to be included in most dishes.
Fun Juice Recipes For Kids
Juicing is one of those options to sneak vitamins rich vegetables into your kids daily diet. Fruit pairs well and easily with vegetables. You can make creative juice recipes for kids with just a few ingredients. At the beginning, start juicing fresh fruit first. Kids will love it. Especially when you use ripe strawberries or watermelon. Slowly keep adding a piece of a vegetable at a time. Your little ones may not even notice that there is a piece of carrot in their glass of orange juice.
Blending Vs Juicing
Blending is another great way to add healthy fruits and vegetables into the diet as a smoothie. Like this Power puff recipe. The blenders will blend everything that comes into its way, including dietary fibre. That’s what makes smoothies so thick. Drinking, or sometimes spooning it, makes a different eating experience. Juice is easier to consume, especially for children. In addition, our stomach can digest juice even faster than smoothies. With a few cubes of ice it makes a healthy refreshment. Add a simple garnish and make your drink look like a fruit juice cocktail from a tropical hotel bar. Forget sugary lemonades or store-bought fizzy drinks.
Store Bought Vs Fresh Juice
Store Bought juices, packed in carton boxes may look like a healthy drink option. You would be surprised if you compare their nutritional value to regular soft drinks. Most of the time, they are filled with preservatives and added sugars to extend the shelf life and enhance the taste.
Squeeze the fresh fruit and vegetable juice at home for the best, healthiest, refreshment. Use seasonal, or home grown, ingredients. Be bold and experiment with various combinations.
Make It Into A Family Activity
To get your children more interested in healthy food, let them try to make their own. They will be proud of their creations. It could get into a small contest for the best fresh fruit juice recipe if you have a big family. After you do a few juices with them, take the spectator seat and watch how your children entertain themselves, eat healthy and, hopefully, leave the kitchen clean. You may be thinking now, “This could never happen with my hyperactive kids”. And you may be right, however did you try to show them a trick or two in the kitchen, already?
Juicing your own fresh fruit and vegetables gives you full control over your drink. Using quality equipment will make the whole process fun and hassle free. A good juicer should be able to process a lot of ingredients on one go and be powerful enough to juice various fruits and vegetables. Go beyond the oranges. Think of pineapple, beetroot, apples or carrots.
Some machines require minimum preparation of ingredients before juicing. You won’t have to waste time peeling or deseeding. Most importantly, it should be safe and easy to use or clean. A quality juicer from a reliable brand doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Choose the juicer that suits your needs best. If you can, pick a model with a big transparent lid. It will make fun to watch how fruits and vegetables are being squeezed in seconds. Your kids will be hooked. Keep in mind to never let your children use any kitchen equipment without supervision of an adult.
Tips On Making Your Own Juice Recipes For Kids!
- Use seasonal ingredients from your area, those will be the freshest and most nutritious.
- Go organic if possible.
- Always wash your fruits and vegetables before use.
- Use a quality juicer, it will save you time peeling or deseeding.
- Use fruit or vegetable that give a lot of liquid as a base of your recipe. Think cucumber, orange, carrot, apple…
- Avoid using bananas, papaya, avocado or other similar fruits. They don’t have much liquid to be juiced. Use them to decorate the glass.
- Don’t forget to give your creations a flair with fun garnish.
These kid juice recipes may spark inspiration, or give you some ideas, if you want to go beyond the orange juice. And if your goal is to add more vegetables into your children's diet. Start with fruity juices first. Gradually replace some ingredients with vegetables. Just remember that some fruits may contain a lot of natural sugar, fructose. The taste of ingredients may vary based on seasonality so always adjust the amount to your preference.
To make the ultimate fruit juice cocktail for yourself. Use leftover juice from the morning and spice it up with a splash, or two, of your favourite spirit. Make virgin pina colada with only a fresh pineapple and lime juice mixed with coconut cream. Add some white rum and relax with a glass of cocktail, later in the evening.
Fun Juice Recipes For Kids
1. Minty Watermelon
Watermelon is around 90% water. That makes it a number one fruit to be juiced. It keeps you hydrated during the hot summer days. Let it chill in the fridge before juicing to get the refreshing drink without adding ice. It won’t be too cold so you can let your children sip on it without worrying that they will get a sore throat.
- 200g ripe cold watermelon
- 100g ripe pineapple
- ½ fresh lime
- Handful of fresh mint
- Garnish with a watermelon wedge.
- If you are using a quality centrifugal juicer, juice all ingredients directly with skin excluding the mint.
- Add the fresh mint leaves into a glass of fresh watermelon and pineapple juice.
- To add more vegetables into this recipe, swap pineapple with zucchini and mint with basil.
2. The Grape Pear!
Pear and grape are a refreshing duo. The type of grapes you will choose can make the drink either more sweet or sour.
- 1-2 ripe pears
- 25-30 red grapes
- ¼ of a lemon
- 5 fresh raspberries
- 100ml cold soda water
- Place the raspberries into a glass and muddle. If you don’t have muddler use a fork, or cut them with a knife.
- Juice the pears, grapes and lemon together. Pour directly into a glass and top with soda water.
- Garnish with a mint sprig and lemon wedge.
3. Orange Rhubarb Juice
When I mentioned to think beyond orange, I didn’t mean to exclude it from the juice menu. Oranges are very versatile and pair well with most ingredients and spices.
- 2 Oranges
- 1-3 stalks of rhubarb
- 150g ripe pineapple
- Grate nutmeg on top (optionally).
- To sneak in more vegetables, change pineapple for one bigger carrot.
- Optionally you can add a piece of ginger and see how kids like the spicy taste.
4. Beetroot Berry
Beetroot is full of healthy nutrients with a lot of juice in it. Being able to pair with most other fruit or vegetables makes it a great ingredient to be used as a base. You don’t have to pre-cook beetroot for juicing, use it raw. With a powerful juicer you only have to wash it and feed it to the machine, without any peeling involved.
- 2 medium sized beetroots
- 1 stalk celery
- 1 apple
- 4 ripe strawberries.
- Juice everything together.
- Want something with more punch? Swap strawberries and celery for orange and ginger.
- Additionally, sprinkle it with some cinnamon.
5. Leafy Green
Part of your recipe portfolio shouldn’t miss a proper green juice in it. Cucumber contains a lot of water; it is a cousin of watermelon after all. Chill it before juicing to make a cold drink without adding too much ice.
- ½ Cucumber
- 1 Green apple
- 100g Spinach
- ⅙ of a ripe Pineapple .
- Use fresh mint sprig as a garnish.
- To make it more creative, slice a stripe of cucumber with a peeler.
- Do it lengthwise from top to bottom to make a long ribbon.
- Put it inside the walls of a tall glass. Fill it with ice and pour in your juice. Top with a dash of soda.
You can make a wide variety of juices just with a few simple ingredients. Stock up mainly on apples, beetroots, carrots and ginger.
Make sure you engage your kids in helping you with juicing. Most importantly, make it fun.
Your kids may grow some interest in cooking, eating healthy and develop some handy skills.