Kids love to help make their own juices and smoothies!
Eating healthy isn’t just for parents, and kids also love to get in on the different recipes and healthy eating choices. As there is a genetic component to diabetes, learning how to make juicing fun for kids is a great way to help your children stay healthy for life.
Kids enjoy trying new things, so including a variety of their favorite vegetables and fruits into the recipes is a great way to get them involved. Since most children enjoy both new and favorite vegetables and fruits, allow them to choose their own combination of flavors.
Children may not like the more bitter juicing options, so avoid the recipes calling for the more overpowering types of flavors such as bitter melon, mature kale or large amounts of spinach. Instead, consider baby kale and baby spinach, which has a milder flavor, but is still just as healthy and nutritious.
Ask kids about what they enjoy and like and perhaps keep a few notes on what combinations go over well and which aren’t so well received.
In addition, you may also want to:
- Start with more fruit in the mixture and then slowly increase the ratio of vegetables to fruit
- Spinach is a great leafy green veggie to start with because it’s not bitter like some of the kale varieties
- Add berries for a different color, such as blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries
- Beets add a wonderful color and natural sweetness to the juice that kids really love
- Experiment with carrots and sweet potatoes to get a bright orange color
- Find fun ways to serve the juice in decorative glasses with a large straw
- Be careful with strong flavors such as ginger or mint in the juice, as it can be overpowering for children
- Bring kids to your local market or a farmer’s market where they can pick their own fruits and vegetables for their juice
Kids can help busy Moms get everything ready for juicing. They can rinse vegetables and fruits, and even do some of peeling if you are using fruits with a rind. Older kids can learn how to cut fruits and vegetables with supervision. Kids of all ages love seeing their own creations, especially if they were part of the process.
Even very picky children will enjoy the experience of combining different ingredients to great a wonderful juice. Remember, by involving the kids in the preparation of the juice and by also making it a family routine, you are helping them to develop habits that are a part of a very healthy lifestyle.
Recipe for Blueberry Coconut Smoothie:
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 T honey
- 1 T coconut cream
- 1/2 cup ice
- Blend it in a regular blender on high for 30 seconds.