Welcome to wellness week! With a fresh new year ahead of us, we wanted to focus on creating healthy habits and best practices for ourselves and our kids! A huge thank you to Jylare Smith Photography for these beautiful images, she shoots in Utah, Idaho and California and is a real artist!
Emily’s two-year old, Hayes, is a pretty picky eater. If you have one of these at your house, you know how frustrating it can been to get them to try new foods, let alone feeding them a well-balanced diet. A little over a year ago, she started juicing fruits and vegetables and to her shock, Hayes loved it!
The secret combination for their success was to let Hayes drop the produce in, use the presser, and give him a fun straw to drink it with all the while making a huge deal about how awesome it is that he made this juice, and please can mama try some!? The thing that makes juicing so great is that it really is delicious, so it’s not hard to convert your little ones. On top of that, knowing our kids are getting a full cup of fresh fruit and vegetable juice means we don’t have to fight so hard during meal times.
Their favorite combination is apples, pears, carrots, beets and some sort of leafy green like spinach or kale. It’s mild and sweet and the color is totally enticing to kids! Since Hayes has free reign to throw it all in, it’s always a different “recipe” and it’s pretty foolproof. They keep it interesting each day and throw in whatever is around! Another great feature of juicing is that you waste less produce. It rarely goes bad because before that point you can throw it all into the juicer! (Update: Emily uses the Breville Juice Fountain Elite and loves it. There are also $100 (or less) options made by Breville and Omega that have great reviews!
Here’s some kid tested and approved recipes to try! All of these recipes can have any handful of leafy greens added to them as well. Kale is the most nutritionally dense, full of fiber and vitamins, and more calcium than a cup of milk, but it’s got an undeniable flavor to it as well. Emily’s trick for this is to add lime with the peel on it. The citrus cuts through that kale flavor and you can hardly taste it!
Beach Sunrise: 2 spears of pineapple / 1 kiwi / 3 peeled oranges / half a lime optional: 1/2 c. of coconut water
Orchard Dream: 3 apples / 3 stalks of celery / 4 carrots / tablespoon of ginger
Citrus Bliss: one peeled grapefruit / 3 peeled oranges / half a lemon or lime
Photo Credit – Jylare Smith.