My kids lost their enthusiasm for vegetables about the time they entered kindergarten, and it’s been a struggle ever since then to get enough healthy vegetables in their diets. Homemade vegetable juice blends are a great way to add some extra nutrients, sometimes in ways so sneaky kids don’t even know they are consuming something great for them.
When I first considered adding homemade vegetable juices to our diets, I had no idea what to mix together to come up with a tasty blend my kids might enjoy. But I learned quickly that it’s better not to call your juice by its list of ingredients if you want kids to get excited about drinking it, or even give one sip a try. So, disguising the vegetables among fresh fruits and other flavors, I gave my juices superhero inspired names even my son thought were worth tasting.
The Hulk Smash is a pretty standard green juice, that incorporates kale or spinach and a variety of fruits. Start with the spinach or kale, since their juice yield is low, then add the fruits. Stir in the sweetener, if needed, and enjoy.
– 1 handful of spinach or kale
– 1 pear
– 1 Gala apple
– 1 cup pineapple chunks
– ½ unpeeled lemon
– Agave nectar to sweeten to taste
Gone in a Flash
The Flash was one of my son’s favorite superheroes when he was a little boy, so I knew I had to come up with a juice that somehow brought him to mind. Combining the signature colors, red and yellow, this orange concoction fit the bill.
– 2 apples
– 1 orange
– 2 carrots
Iron Man Blast
This juice is a perfect homage to Iron Man, because it has iron rich spinach and a generous portion of beets, an antioxidant super food. The beet gives the juice a bright red color, reminiscent of Iron Man’s suit, and an extra sweetness that kids love.
– 1 handful of spinach
– 2 apples
– ½ unpeeled lime
– 1 small beet
If you don’t have a juicer, you can try making any of these juices in a blender instead. Just cut the apples in chunks first for easier blending. You can also add ice to make a slushy juice with the consistency of a smoothie, or just pour the juice over ice to make it nice and cold. I’ve found the colder a drink is, the more willing my kids are to see it as a treat and give it a chance.
Please, feel free to rename any of these juices to fit the interests of the kids in your household. The Hulk Smash could just as easily be a Creeper Spawner to the delight of young Minecraft fans, or the Gone in a Flash juice could be renamed Olaf’s Carrot Surprise for your favorite little “Frozen” fanatic. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination.
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