Guest Blogger Cathy White asks, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your kids ate all of their vegetables and fruits with a smile?” Getting picky eaters to consume the 5 daily recommended servings is not that easy.
As more families are adopting healthier lifestyles and eating habits, it can be frustrating when all your kids want to eat is junk food. If you are at your wits end with trying to find produce your children will eat—try juices and smoothies!
Even if they don’t like kale, you can make delicious treats that incorporate greens without them even knowing it. When you juice fruits with vegetables, the sweetness of the fruit masks any “green” taste. Your little ones get all of the vitamins, minerals, and probiotics in a luscious drink they will love.
They may even ask for more! Hopefully, they will share with their siblings. Plug in your juicer or blender and try some of these scrumptiously nutritious juices and smoothies:
- Froggy Power Juice
This gloriously green drink will have your kids hopping with energy! They will never guess the secret ingredient.
- 1 cup of kale (wash and remove stalks first)
- ½ of a peeled lemon (Myers are nice for this drink)
- ¼ cup of your favorite mint (optional)
- 2 whole apples (Try Granny Smith)
- 1 small piece of peeled ginger (optional)
- Following your manufacturer’s instructions, place ingredients one at a time into juicer.
- Make sure that all juice is extracted.
- Pour juice into a tall glass and stir until blended.
- Serve immediately.
This recipe makes one 8 oz. serving. Repeat process to make more juice.
- Over The Rainbow Smoothie
You do not have to visit the Emerald City to enjoy these fruity concoctions. There’s no place like home to find a nutritious smoothie!
- 2 small kiwi-cut into chunks
- 1 small mango or papaya, cut into chunks
- ½ cup fresh strawberries, cut into chunks
- ½ cup fresh blueberries, mashed
- ½ cucumber, cut into chunks
- Organic pineapple juice
- Blender and 2 juice glasses
Prepare and wash each fruit, then cut into chunks. For now, leave the blueberries whole. Separate fruit junks on a cookie sheet and freeze for a couple of hours.
Put the strawberries in your blender and add a little pineapple juice until it makes a thick smoothie. Using a small spatula, fill the glasses about a quarter full. Next, make a smoothie from the blueberries and a little pineapple juice until it has a smoothie consistency.
Layer it over the strawberry smoothie. Repeat the process with the mango and the kiwi fruit/cucumber. Let the glasses sit in the freezer for a half hour to set. Enjoy!
- Sunshine Smoothie
Get the benefits and Vitamin A and C with this bright carrot/orange smoothie:
- 6-8 fresh carrots-tops removed
- 1 whole large orange
- 1 small piece of fresh peeled ginger (optional)
- Makes two glasses
- Follow your juicer’s manufacturer’s instructions.
- Juice the carrots, orange, and ginger-Pour into two glasses.
- Serve immediately.
- Purple Passion Smoothie
Put all of the ingredients to this fabulous smoothie in individual freezer bags. Anytime you are ready to blend up a special treat, just grab a bag from the freezer and voila!
Each freezer bag of ingredients will make two servings:
- 1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves
- ½ cup raspberries (or strawberries)
- ½ cup blueberries
- 1 small banana (peeled)
- ½ cup skim milk (or almond milk)
- 1 tablespoon of honey (or another natural sweetener)
- 2 tablespoons of old-fashioned oats (not the instant kind)
Make as many freezer bags as you need for the week. There is no need to thaw them.
- Add frozen contents of bag to a blender and blend to a smooth consistency. Garnish with a dash of oats and fresh blueberries, if you wish. Serve immediately.
Morning Cocoa Bliss
Chocolate for breakfast? Of course—when it is part of this decadent smoothie! Only you know that it also contains heart-healthy avocado.
- 2 squares of your favorite dark chocolate (grated)
- 1 ripe avocado, scooped out
- 1 teaspoon of honey or guava
- 1 avocado – super-ripe, stone removed, scooped out
- 1 tablespoon of flax or chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons of old-fashioned oats (not the quick kind)
- 2 cups of warm skim milk (or almond milk)
• Put all ingredients in blender one at a time, and blend until smooth. Slowly add the milk to the mixture. Pour into