For he satisfieth the longing soul,
and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
– Psalms 107:9
Vegetables.. ugh, the dreaded V word!
Goodness me, I don’t think there has ever been a bigger struggle than getting my kids to eat their greens. I mean, cucumbers, peppers, carrots? No problem… but that’s peanuts.. Now, getting them to munch on some spinach, or kale?.. well, that’s a whole other ball game!
To be honest, growing up, I didn’t much like vegetables either. There was just something about the texture, the colour, the smell, and well, the taste. Pretty much, everything about veggies just wasn’t my cup of tea.
But as much as I know first hand how rare it is to get your kids to go gaga over greens, I also know that they are sooooo important for their health. Let’s be real, giving our kids a few cut up veggies a day is not going to give them the nutrients that they need. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great snack for them to eat, but in terms of fulfilling their daily nutrient intake, well it just ain’t gonna cut it.
I have tried many different approaches for overcoming this battle of the wits.. I have put the veggies into baked goods, I have given them salads with dressing, I have roasted, sauted, and BBQ’d the veggies, I have even put them in smoothies.. but every time I do, I get the same resounding response.. YUCK.
So, here’s the dilemma.. you know the benefits of your children eating more veggies are undeniable, you know the cucumbers and carrots just aren’t enough, but no matter how hard you try, these kids just won’t eat! So tell me, what’s a momma to do??
Well, here’s the top secret answer that I have discovered.. the one that has worked for even my very picky, green-hating children…
Yes you heard it right folks.. So simple, but so darn effective!
Turning those vegetables into juice is not only super easy, and super tasty, but it’s also an amazing way to eat tons of vegetables, without actually having to go through the process of eating tons of vegetables..Let me explain..
Think about eating a whole cucumber, 5-10 full size carrots, two handfuls of spinach, 2 apples, a whole pepper, and 5 kale leafs… Feeling a little full just thinking about it, huh?
Well by turning all of that into juice, you can get all of the nutrients without being stuffed full of all of that fiber. It’s great!
Besides the fact that you are getting a whole bunch of veggies into your child, another benefit is that because the juice has all of the fiber removed, their body is much more able to absorb a higher percentage of the nutrients quickly, efficiently, and with less energy. The nutrients are also so concentrated when in this form, which makes it so much more effective at giving them what they need.
So, I know, you’re probably thinking “there’s no way my kids are going to drink juice that tastes just like the veggies I just told you that they won’t eat. I just don’t believe it”..
Well, believe it! By adding green apples and lemons to the juice, your kids won’t even be able to taste the vegetables. But here’s a tip, do not add other fruit like pineapple, oranges, mango, etc. It’s just too much sugar, and it takes away from the benefits of the vegetables. Please only use green apples (granny smith), and lemons to sweeten it.. and trust me, that’s enough. By adding those fruits you can make green juice taste like lemonade, and your kids will love it! I know mine sure do!
Below is my family’s go-to green juice recipe.. It tastes great, uses easy to find vegetables, and they are also pretty cheap.
If your budget allows, I would very much recommend using organic produce (especially the apples, and spinach), but if you can’t, that’s fine too!
If you don’t have enough time to make juice everyday, you can always double, or triple the recipe to save for later.
If you are going to be making more to keep for a longer amount of time, I very much recommend storing the juice in an airtight container, like a mason jar, so that it will keep the oxygen out.. (oxygen+juice=brown, unappealing, & less beneficial).
Also, you don’t want to keep it in the fridge for longer than 2-3 days because the taste will start to change, and it will begin to lose some of the nutrients and enzymes.
The above recipe is the one that my family prefers to make, but you can always add or subtract different kinds. Some more vegetables that are great to juice are:
– Sweet Potato (raw)
– Bell Peppers
Most vegetables are juice-able, and all of them have their own set of benefits. Mix and match, play around with different combinations until you find a recipe that you and your whole family love.
The two types of juicers that I prefer are the Green Star Juicer and the Hurom Juicer. These two are superior to the average brand in that they do not allow oxygen to mix with the vegetables, which prevents the break down of nutrients and enzymes in the juicing process. The downfall is that they are more expensive than some of the other kinds. Although they are the recommended choice, if the price is more than what your budget will allow, any of the less expensive brands will certainly do. It is always better to include vegetable juice in your diet, even if your juicer is not top quality, than to not include it at all.
Fresh vegetable juice is such an amazing addition to not only your children’s diets, but to yours as well! It is such an easy, and efficient way to provide us with the nutrients that our bodies are so desperately craving.
If at first your children still finds the taste of green too overpowering, you can always add more apples and lemon until it meets their tastes. As time goes, and they get used to drinking it, you can begin to decrease the amount of fruit that you add. The more often that they drink the juice, the quicker their taste buds will adapt, and they will begin to enjoy it with less fruit.
If you want to learn more about the ins and outs of juicing, and the amazing benefits, check out this website: The Hallelujah Diet.
Well, I hope that this advice will help you win the battle in getting your kids to eat their greens. Remember to play around with the recipe, and the proportions of veggies to fruit. I bet that you will be able to find a juice that your kids will love.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
for they shall be filled.
– Matthew 5:6
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