Juice Recipes for Kids : Using Veggies You Never Thought They Would Eat

Something that makes me happier than anything is watching kids take in tons of amazing nutrients God created for them to eat. Now don't get me wrong, I am not a super non toxic mom that never lets her kids eat sugar and is afraid of fast food. We have had our fair share or nuggets. I am not nearly as focused on Fearing Bad Food as I am in having Faith in Good Food. I honestly feel that if you want your kids to have a normal childhood they are going to run into unhealthy snacks and sweet treats, I do not let that run my life. I do however, try my best to pump them equally or more so with the greatest nutrients I can find to help them stay Healthy and Strong. 

I have always loved Juicing. In fact I recently did a video review on an amazing 3 Day Juice Cleanse by Suja that I LOVE for adults. For some reason I just didn't ever think I could get my kids to drink all the veggies I wanted them too. I was watching Trolls with my daughter one day and drinking a beet juice I had made for myself when I noticed its gorgeous color matched Poppys Hair. A HA!  Maybe I could get my kids to be interested in juices if I could make them decadent colors like some of their favorite Trolls Characters. I was shocked how on board Juliette was to try. I picked a main superfood for each juice and built my ingredients around that to preserve the color and sweetness. I was AMAZED at how much my kids took to this idea, especially my Juliette who now refers to Poppy Juice as HER juice and asks me to make it almost every other day. She has no idea the nutrients it packs featuring RED CABBAGE. 

The thing thats so great about juicing is it gives you a very concentrated amount of nutrients in a very short time, its like sending a shock wave of healthy through your system. What may take hours to digest eating whole veggies, only takes about 15 -20 Min with juice. You are also keeping all the nutrients super dense because they are raw and not cooked. Especially if you invest in a Cold Pressed Juicer, Which I highly recommend because the benefits are that much more astounding. If you do not have a juicer you can blend these recipes but you may need to add coconut water or other liquid so they are not too thick. 

Below are The Recipes and Nutrient Details for Each Juice. I am learning that the WHY behind eating healthy is quite important. If we understand WHY certain foods help our bodies , and our kids do too, its easier to make them a priority. I hope that you enjoy these juices as much as we do in our house.  If you have vegetables you think your kids would NEVER eat, I am up to the challenge of creating a juice recipe around them. Just Leave in the comments below. 

 

Poppy : Amazing Antioxidant Punch 0:45

1/4 Head Red Cabbage
2 Green Pears
1 Lemon
4-6 Red Radishes ( no stems)
1/2 inch of Raw Ginger ( add more to taste)
Handful of Blueberries (Optional)

WHY ?

Red Cabbage: It is a Cancer-preventing substance. A cup of red cabbage contains 56 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C and 28 Percent of Recommended Vitamin K intake. Vitamin K helps aid the proteins that help healthy blood clotting and also proteins that help bone mineralization. It can help prevent osteoporosis. Red cabbage belongs to the cruciferous family. Cruciferous vegetables are the only source of sulfur-containing compounds called glucosinolates.  Glucosinolates are digested into isothiocyanates that reduce inflammation and fight bacteria. The red pigment comes from a flavonoid, cyanidin, that functions as an antioxidant. Both cyanidin and the isothiocyanates prevent some types of cancer by stopping the growth of cancer cells, inhibiting enzymes that activate carcinogens and helping cells repair damage caused by carcinogens. ( In April 2012, Vanderbilt University Medical Center released research results showing that breast cancer survivors who ate more cruciferous vegetables reduced their risk of dying by 62 percent.) Info Cited

Green Pears: Rich and in antioxidants and Flavonoids. They may reduce risk of Cancer, Hypertension, Diabetes, & Heart Disease,  and obesity. Pears can help boost energy. They naturally detox the body and aid in digestion. A good digestive system is essential to fighting off sickness and disease.

Lemon: Lemons are FULL of vitamin C and can help boost your immune system while also cleansing your body of toxins from food or the enviornment. 

Red Radishes: They may prevent Viral Infections, hydrate your body, & Improve your digestions. They contain Folate, fiber, riboflavin, and potassium,  & copper.  Radishes can also regulate blood pressure, relieve congestion, and prevent respiratory problems such as asthma or bronchitis. They have antibacterial, antifungal, and detoxifying properties, and contain compounds that soothe rashes, dryness, and other skin disorders. Info Cited

Raw Ginger: Ginger is one of healthiest spices on the earth. It is packed with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have incredible benefits for the brain and body. It has anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties and may improve brain function and protect the body from numerous diseases.  For a Full list of benefits see Dr. Axe's Detailed Post. 

Blueberries: Blueberries are one of the highest antioxidant foods in the world. One cup of blueberries contains all of these amazing vitamins. Resveratrol,Gallic acid,Lutein,Zeaxanthin,Vitamin K (36 percent DV),Vitamin C (25 percent DV),Manganese (25 percent DV)which plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, and blood sugar regulation.,Fiber (17 percent DV)

 

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DJ Suki: Super Immune Boost Minute 2:34
1 Orange Beet
2-3 Full Size Carrots
1 Lemon or 1 Orange ( I prefer Lemon)
2 Pieces of Pineapple
1/2 inch of Turmeric ( add more to taste)

WHY?:
Beets: Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beets also contain the B vitamin folate. It can strengthem your immune system by stimulating the production of antibodies and white blood cells. Info Cited

Carrots: Most of the benefits of carrots can be attributed to their beta-carotene but they pack tons of other nutrients including, vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, vitamin B8, pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese. Beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A, an essential vitamin

Lemon: Lemons are FULL of vitamin C and can help boost your immune system while also cleansing your body of toxins from food or the environment . 

Pineapple: Immune system support, Bone strength, eye health, digestion, anti inflammatory benefits, and “Pineapples can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a disease that affects the eyes as people age, due in part to its high amount of vitamin C and the antioxidants it contains,” Flores said.

Turmeric: Curcuminoids, is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. The medicinal power of Turmeric has been known in india for years  and science is just now starting to back that up. You do have to consume a lot of turmeric to get the best results so ingesting it raw in a juice is ideal unless you are an adult taking an extract. Info Cited

Branch :  Cleansing Greens 5:002 Green Apples ( red apples should work too)
1 Lemon
Large Handful of Swiss Chard ( Sub Spinach)
Celery ( 2 stalks)
2-3 Mint Leaves  OR  Small Handful of Parsley to taste ( parsley is a way stronger taste your kids may have aversion to so proceed with caution) 
Blueberries or Red Beat Optional to Aid in Color

WHY?

Lemon: Lemons are FULL of vitamin C and can help boost your immune system while also cleansing your body of toxins from food or the environment . 

Swiss Chard: Research has shown that chard leaves contain at least 13 different polyphenol antioxidants, including kaempferol, the cardio protective flavonoid that's also found in broccoli, kale, strawberries, and other foods. Another  primary flavonoid found in the leaves of Swiss chard is called syringic acid. Syringic acid has blood sugar regulating properties. It has been shown to inhibit activity of an enzyme called alpha-glucosidase. When this enzyme gets inhibited, fewer carbs are broken down into simple sugars and blood sugar is able to stay more steady. Swiss chard is  a vegetable whose flavonoid phytonutrients are unique and may offer special benefits for blood sugar control.  One cup of cooked Swiss chard provides approximately 716% of vitamin K needs, 214% of vitamin A, 53% of vitamin C, 38% of magnesium, 29% of manganese, 27% of potassium, 22% of iron, 17% of vitamin E. WOAHHHHHHH. INFO CITED

Celery:

Mint Leaves

Parsley:

Blueberries: Blueberries are one of the highest antioxidant foods in the world. One cup of blueberries contains all of these amazing vitamins. Resveratrol,Gallic acid,Lutein,Zeaxanthin,Vitamin K (36 percent DV),Vitamin C (25 percent DV),Manganese (25 percent DV)which plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, and blood sugar regulation.,Fiber (17 percent DV)

 

 

The Why Behind healthy food is so important because it drives consistency ! I always am more prone to reach for healthy things when I know why it helps my body or families. 

If you have been wondering if juicing is for you, the answer is YES and the time to start is NOW! these are so tasty I know your kids will love them and so will you! Let me know what you think and once again THANK YOU for watching and going on this healthy adventure with us. 

 

XOXO Katelyn and The Crumbly Crew

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