A Quick & Easy Green Juice Recipe Your Kids Will Love!
We often go to brunch at the same restaurant on Sundays. They have wonderful farm to table food and amazing fresh juices I love to get. My son always wants to have some as well, and usually tries to finish mine off when I'm not looking.
One day I asked the waitress about their juices. I was certain they must add some sugar or flavorings to make them as tasty as they are, but she assured me it was just the 4 fruits & veggies listed on the menu. I was truly shocked! Hmmm, maybe I could replicate this at home.
Well, wouldn't you know, I was able to make a juice that tasted just as delicious as the restaurant's on the first try! This is not something that usually happens to me, so I was ecstatic at my intuitive juicing skills! And honestly I couldn't believe how simple this yummy juice was to make, so I wanted to share it with you.
Green juice may sound like something only athletes or those really "crazy" health conscious people drink. But in truth, it's a great and delicious way to get some wonderful nutrients into our bodies.
Many parents worry about getting enough vegetables, and particularly greens, into their children's mouths. While you don't want them to only consume juice to get their nutrients, this is a good start to introducing greens if you have children who are particularly resistant to green things.
Two main ways I've found for helping children consume more whole foods is to model the behavior and get them involved!
This green juice recipe contains both (as long as you drink it too and let them help!).
It's a simple, 4 ingredient recipe that will take maybe 10-15 minutes of your time, while also giving your children an activity that helps their fine and gross motor skills, as well as gives them ownership over creating a healthy juice parents don't have to stress about them drinking.
Using a juicer works best (Here's the one I have), but you can also blend and then squeeze the juice out through a cheese cloth.
4 Ingredient Green Juice
- 1 Lemon
- 2 Apples
- 1 Cucumber
- 6 Leaves Kale
Remove the peel from the lemon and then juice all ingredients. Use all Organic ingredients when possible.
- Add ice for a cool yummy drink!
You can save & freeze the fruit pulp for additional nutrients in stews, soups, spaghetti sauce & smoothies.
This makes about 16 oz. of juice, enough for two adults. Cut the recipe in half for an 8 oz. glass.
Awareness Over Perfection
Do you struggle with getting your children to eat their greens? You're not alone if you do. There are so many ways to work with them and help them through it, and this can be a great place to start. Getting your children involved is paramount, so without pushing it on them, spend some quality time with them while making something healthy and delicious!
Tell Your Story
Do you make juices with your family? What kind of combinations are your children's favorites? Share your story & wisdom with other parents in the comments.