Juicing is one of the best and easiest ways to get lots of nutrition into your body. It’s also a great way to get some fruit and veggie nutrition into your kids.
As you start start on the path to a healthy lifestyle through juicing, you’ll want to start with some good recipes. While you’ll concoct your own recipes as you get more experience with juicing, it helps to start with some basic recipes, especially when you’re making juice for kids. These recipes do have plenty of room for customizing, so don’t assume you can only use the ingredients listed.
Orange Juice With Apples
This is a really good and simple juice to start with. If you don’t want to start your kids on a green juice that contains a lot of scary (unliked) veggies, transition them into it slowly with a simple juice made of their two favorite fruits: apples and oranges! This juice is great to have in the morning, as well as along with any of their meals. All you need are 3 oranges and 3 apples to make the juice. Make sure you are using a high-quality juicer that can handle citrus fruits like oranges, as some of them don’t juice citrus fruits well.
Watermelon Strawberry Juice
Another juice that contains only fruit is one made of watermelon and strawberries. You can also add in some other berries your kids enjoy, such as raspberries or blueberries. The basic recipe calls for a handful of strawberries with the stem and hull removed, along with a few cups of watermelon, or however much you have on hand. You then want to juice just one lemon to turn it into a type of lemonade with berries and melon.
Watermelon Mint Lemonade
A variation on the Watermelon Strawberry Juice is one I made myself, after buying it as a drink from Chic-Fil-A. Of course, their’s probably had added sugar, while this recipe doesn’t. Juice a few cups of watermelon, add the juice of one lemon, and add some sprigs of fresh mint. I let mine sit in the fridge for a day so the mint would infuse. So yummy!
Tropical Fruit and Kale
To introduce your kids to using more greens in their juice, you can start with this simple recipe. You are simply going to combine a handful of kale that has been torn or chopped with some of your kids’ favorite tropical fruits. You should juice the kale first, then add in your fruit. Some good fruits to add to a kale juice include pineapple, mango, and papaya.
Spinach and Pear Juice
My sister-in-law is the person that got me juicing in the first place. She juiced some spinach and had me taste it. It was awful! Then she added in some pears. That made it was delicious! For kids, start with a small amount of spinach, and add several pears. You don’t want the juice to overpower them with the taste of spinach right away.
Carrots and Apples
Start with one carrot and three apples, again so you don’t overpower the taste with the carrot. Carrots are generally somewhat sweet, and with the apples, this is a great starter juice for kids.
Berries and Greens
This recipe is broad and allows you to get started on making your own juicing recipes. The two main components of this kid-friendly juice are berries and greens. Let your kids choose their favorite greens and their favorite berries, then you can combine them to make a family juicing recipe. You might use kale, strawberries and blueberries, spinach and raspberries, with some apple juice to flavor it, or combine kale, spinach, strawberries, blueberries, and some lemon juice. Experiment together and see what you can come up with.