It was just over a year ago that I started juicing (the girls were two). I have two very picky eaters and ones that don’t eat veggies. Yes I did try to expose them 15 times to the same vegetable, yes I did give them veggies to gnaw on when they were babies, and yes I made fun shapes and designs out of vegetables. I even put in a small vegetable garden – had the girls choose their vegetable, plant the seeds, water the seeds but the only ones they would eat would be the peas. After this – I felt like a failure of a mother because I thought I’m not getting my kids to eat vegetables. They will grow up not eating and appreciating the value of vegetables. I hated meal times. I still do. To this day I still carry the Peter Rabbit Organics, Pea, Spinach and Apple Puree, 4.4-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 10) (vegetable ones only) but it makes me feel somewhat better.
Then I was introduced to juicing when I ate at the Willows Inn at Lummi Island. My first juice was carrot, then came lemon balm! Wow! I asked the server what was in it. They specifically told me that it was just fresh carrots for the carrot juice and the lemon balm had some simple syrup (dissolved sugar). All I was thinking about was if I thought this was awesome the girls would like it. (I had tried various green juices before but I couldn’t stomach them, they really didn’t taste great no matter how you tried.) So I decided I’d buy a juicer and start to find juices that I liked and not the ones that are: good for you plug your nose kind. It worked. The girl’s love the juices listed below and drink one every day and I feel like a star.
First you need a juicer, not a blender because the juicer strains out a lot of the pulp. Yes even a Vitamix doesn’t work as well as a juicer. I have a Breville BJE510XL Juice Fountain Multi-Speed 900-Watt Juicer and it’s easy to clean (dishwasher proof) I highly recommend to rinse it right after use, so no pulp is caught in the in-between spots.
How I introduced the girls to juices: I started with carrot juice (its sweet), put them in shot glasses (or use fun new glasses) and called it Super Juice and said this will make them see better and possibly see better in the dark. (Ok I know that studies show this is not the case but it got them to drink it) I also tell them it helps them grow, and builds brain cells to help them learn new things.
So here are some juice recipes that my girls, husband and I love AND get the veggies in. I received a few of these recipes from an avid juicer, plus another twin mom (KG) who puts her juice in a martini glass! I’m still on the search for a broccoli juice. My girls won’t go near broccoli even though I’ve called them trees, had dips for them etc. I did install a green house in hope that if the girls water and take care of the vegetables especially the broccoli they will want to eat what they’ve grown. Fingers crossed.
1. Carrot Juice
Carrots – purchase carrots at a farmers market or choose the organic ones in the grocery store that still have their stems on them. Do not buy bagged carrots. Depending on how many people you’re serving cut up 8-10 carrots. Clean the carrots, de-stem, juice and serve. If your kids have texture issues – you can strain it using a strainer over the cup.
2. Beet, Strawberry, Apple, Ginger Juice (Purple Super Juice)
1 beet – cleaned, raw, de-stemmed.
1 cup of strawberries
1 honey crisp apple
Thumbnail of fresh ginger. I put the ginger with the apple when I juice
3. Spinach, Blueberry, Apple, Lemon (Sour Brown Super Juice)
2 heaping handfuls of Spinach (I put this in the juicer with the apple)
1 honey crisp apple
¼-1/2 cup of fresh blueberries
½ peeled lemon
4. Kale, Red Pepper, Cantaloupe, Mango New Favorite
6 stems of Kale (juice it with the cantaloupe)
1 red pepper
1 cup – 1 ½ cup of ripe cantaloupe
1 ripe mango peeled and pit removed
5. Sweet Potato, Red Pepper, Beet, Carrot, Apple, Orange (Pink Super Juice)
½ sweet potato (yams)
½ red pepper (picture shows 1/4 because I used it in dinner last night)
1 honey crisp apple
1 orange (a great way to use up dry oranges)
Of course when the girls are sick I grab a case of oranges from Costco and juice oranges.
*New Juice 06/19/2014 from a colleague of my husbands. This juice is from “The Big Book of Juices” by Natalie Savona
6. Beet, Carrot, Celery, Apple, Orange, Ginger (Pinkalicious Juice)
2 carrots (I did 3 carrots)
1 stick of celery
1 small slice of ginger
I will update my list as soon as I have a broccoli one! Please feel free to send me your favorite juice recipes and I’ll try the out and post if successful. Enjoy juicing.