Did you get your greens today? If you’re finding it hard to get those glorious greens into your fit family – give our Basic Green Juice a try. I’m often asked how to get children to eat their greens. The secret is…you don’t. Eating green food is not always top on the favorite foods list for many kids or teens and juicing provides a concentrated source of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.
Simple Living Tip: Keep your juice basic for the kiddos…nothing too crazy. Check out Kris Carr’s simple rules.1. Choose a base – cucumber or celery (both high in water content and don’t have a strong flavor…the perfect base for kids) 2. Choose your greens – I typically mix two greens together (kale & romaine / kale & spinach) for the kids…using only kale makes the drink a bit strong for some kids. 3. Choose one fruit for sweetness. I love granny smith apples, but they aren’t always the best choice to turn your kids onto juicing. Try a sweet Fuji apple or sweet pear instead. 4. I love the taste of lemon in any juice. It adds just enough sour to balance the sweet. 1/2 a lemon goes a long way. 5. I typically add a small piece of ginger to my basic green juice for a touch of spice. (Optional for the little ones) 6. Throw in a few sprigs mint and your done!
Remember: It’s extremely important to seek out organic fruits and veggies when making green juices for children. Don’t use juicing as a meal replacement, instead use juicing as a supplement to your child’s regular diet. One juice per day is perfect!
- 1/2 bunch Lacinato kale (aka: dino kale)
- 1 cucumber, peeled if not organic
- 2 stalks celery
- 1-2 limes, peeled
- 2 granny smith apples
- 8-10 sprigs of fresh mint (depends on how much mint you like...could also leave out)
- 1" piece fresh ginger
- Wash all produce before juicing.
- Cut produce into appropriate size pieces for your machine.
- Juice it up!
- Vegan, Juice