Children require the finest nutrition available. The challenge is that most kids don’t want to eat their vegetables. So, if you can’t get them to eat veggies, get them to drink veggies!
With a juicer set up, kids become fascinated to create their own drink, and it’s great for busy parents because juice condenses all the nutrients into one glass.
And, as this recipe shows, you can even disguise raw vegetables like broccoli with natural fruit flavors like pineapple.
This green smoothie is designed with all the right fuel for inquisitive young minds. It will help them concentrate for longer without the dip in energy that they get from artificial and processed foods.
Ingredients – for juicing
- 1 Golden Delicious apple
There will be a definite WOW moment when your kids first see a whole apple go into its liquid nutrient form! The harder the apple, the more juice you will get, and go for Golden Delicious or Royal Gala. But avoid apples like Granny Smith that can overpower and taste a little tart.
- 1 wedge of pineapple
a good source of Vitamin B1, C, and magnesium. The enzyme bromelin helps stabilize the acid-alkaline balance in the body.
- 1 cup of spinach
Kids normally turn their noses up at spinach. But mix it with the delicious sweet fruits, and there will be no protest.
- 2 leaves of kale
known as The green superfood
- 1 small cucumber
Try to only get organic; otherwise they are often waxy. And you lose some of the nutrients when you cut off the skin.
- 2 stalks of celery
rich in Vitamins K and C and a great immune system booster.
- 1 lime
can be juiced with the peel on, so always buy wax-free, organic. If it’s a little too zesty you can remove the skin next time.
- 1 stalk of broccoli
A bold flavor; supports the body’s natural detoxification system; it’s overflowing with Vitamin C, K, A and folate. Use the long stems because they are loaded with minerals and stems have more juice than the florets.
Ingredients – for blending
- 1 avocado, peel off, seed out
- 1 cup ice
- Juice the apple, pineapple, spinach, kale, cucumber, celery, lime, and broccoli.
- Pour the juice into the blender and add the avocado and ice. Blend.
Avocados make your smoothies creamier. And the ice brings the juice all together.
Avocados are one of the healthiest sources of monounsaturated fats you can eat, and when added to the green juice, it increases the absorption of antioxidants. And because they are rich in lecithin and minerals, avocados are a great brain food.
Green smoothies are a smart way for your kids to consume a powerhouse of pure nutrients. And smoothies open up a kid’s taste buds to an array of new tastes and textures.
Green cheers to those healthy young minds!