Kid-Friendly Green (ish) Juice
My toddler, as I’m sure many kids around his age do, has suddenly become extremely picky. Want to know the truth of what he will eat that will expose that we are not always as healthy as we seem? His without-a-doubt-will-eat foods are: almond butter and banana toast, Chik-fil-a nuggets, apples and almond butter, pizza, M&Ms, oatmeal, and sometimes a lentil or bean burrito. The only thing that gives me any hope of his health and survival is that he will drink the smoothies I make every morning and eat baby carrots if I trick him into while he’s distracted watching TV.
BUT! He will also drink this juice that I make. This one definitely has a bit more sugar in it than the healthiest green juices out there, but it’s also packed with a bunch of other veggies that I would never in a billion years get him to eat plain.
I sneak a CRAP TON of kale or other greens in, a whole cucumber, celery, ginger, and part of a lemon. He’ll usually drink a whole glass and ask for more with a little green-juice mustache he gets when he drinks this. When juicing, it’s important to focus more on the greens (like kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, etc.) which are rich in chlorophyll (a primary source of fuel for our bodies), magnesium, calcium, and Vitamins A, K, and C. Greens like kale also boost detoxification in the body, helping to flush out toxic carcinogens (substances capable of causing cancer inside of our bodies). All of these amazing phytonutrients, when stripped of the fiber during juicing, have nothing slowing their absorption and therefore RUSH into our blood streams, flushing out our liver and flooding our body with powerful sources of detoxification. When we use too much sugar in juicing, that also rushes directly into our bloodstream and cells, which not only spikes our blood sugar levels, but adds to a more acidic environment perfect for disease, cancer, fungi, etc.
BUT. If you want your kiddo to drink the “green” part of the green juice, you’ve got to add some of the good stuff; hence the apples, carrots, and orange.
If you don’t have a juicer, check out my recipe notes for how to juice using a blender.
One last note: if possible, use mostly organic ingredients when juicing. You are packing A LOT of produce into just a few glasses of juice, and everything in that produce (including chemicals and pesticides) will be extremely concentrated.