kid cleanse

We weren’t sure it could be done, but Jenna found a way! She held a kid-friendly cleanse at her house after Christmas to detox some of that unavoidable Holiday sugar intake. Here’s what she did:
get kid's eating healthy with a kid cleanse“After Christmas I remember looking at my husband and saying ‘What is wrong with our kids!?!’ They weren’t sleeping well and they were EXTRA whiny and irritable. I was so frustrated with their behavior and kept racking my brain to think what it could be. Was it the presents, the traveling, the endless activity? Perhaps, but those factors had died down and the whining continued and I was left perplexed. As if on cue my son comes waltzing in the kitchen with three caramels in his hands from residual neighbor gifts that seemed to be multiplying on our counter and I knew it was time to do a family cleanse. Personally, I have done several in the past where you are on liquids only for three days but I needed a kid-friendly version. So here is a way I found to do a three day cleanse that kept my children nourished, strong, and happy.  My goal here was obviously not to have them lose pounds or trim up, they already have the metabolism of their dad (annoying) but rather to reset their bodies and get the junk out of their system so we could start fresh in 2014 making healthier lifestyle choices.
kid tested smoothie recipesFirst thing is clear the house of junk. If you have a big white loaf of bread sitting on the counter, it’s all you’ll hear about is how they want a slice. Out of sight, out of mind!

I started with smoothies we were already making at home and these are the basic recipes our family enjoys. The nice thing about a smoothie is you really can’t mess it up! Depending on consistency and taste you can add various things to get the perfect blend. I had the kids drink 3-4 glasses of smoothies a day. The great thing is there is usually some left over so if they want to get more through the day, it’s available to them in the fridge.

Also I always put some sort of citrus in the smoothies. Whether it’s lime, lemon or orange juice (with no added sugars), any citrus is great for cleansing the body and is fantastic for the immune system. We found from our juicing post last year that citrus (peel and all!) also cuts through that leafy green taste!

kid smoothie cleanseMy five year old isn’t a huge fan of smoothies. He will drink them but with much protesting and I knew this was going to be a challenge so I prepared by using our dinner chart we posted a few weeks ago. The promise of a prize was enough motivation for him to chug his veggies down.
get kid's eating healthy with a kid cleanseIn between smoothies I had them snack on healthy foods. Along with cutting out sugar, I cut out grains and dairy.  They munched on hard boiled eggs, salmon, chicken & turkey cut in to small portions for protein. I also gave them lots of nuts and avocados so they were getting healthy fats. Also I made sure they were drinking water all throughout the day so they stayed hydrated.

get your kids healthy with a kid cleanse

It really was such a great challenge for our family and the benefits were incredible. We were all calmer, more focused, more patient and kind. My oldest has a hard time with focus as it is The biggest challenge was for me honestly because I spent most my time in the kitchen blending, preparing and cleaning. We didn’t go much of anywhere because we needed to be around the foods that we were sticking to. But surprisingly the kids NEVER complained of hunger! In fact they seemed to be getting full faster then normal because of the nutrient-dense foods they were consuming.

Other really great foods to consider:

Multi-grain crackers with Almond Butter

Celery & Natural Peanut Butter

Dried Cranberries

Luckily, we had a Naturebox delivery sent for an upcoming giveaway this month that saved us! Having healthy snacks around was vital.”

So, dear readers, do you think your kids could do it? More importantly, do you think YOU could do it? Creating a healthier world for our kids is going to be our lifelong battle as parents, sometimes it feels overwhelming but so worth it!




  • Jesse
    January 14, 2014 at 8:49 am

    i LOVE this! need to make the pineapple-peach-carrot juice for atticus this week!

  • Autum
    January 14, 2014 at 9:22 am

    This is awesome,thank you for sharing. I am trying to decrease the sugar intake around our house and this is a great idea to fit in. I really appreciate the recipes. Thanks again. 🙂

  • Buffalo Britty
    January 14, 2014 at 9:57 am

    I am so inspired by this post! Great concept and photos!

    Buffalo Britty

  • Can Cunha
    January 14, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I know I would struggle!! I like my food.

  • Lucy Lu
    January 14, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I love this idea. I have 3 boys and all are extremely picky. All have texture issues. 2 of them gag at just the smell of most foods. I have tried every single thing known to man, but they will not eat most foods. We’ve bribed them with things, taken away things, gone without dinner…they could care less. I’m at a loss. If my kids ate that as a snack I would probably die.

    • Small Fry
      January 16, 2014 at 9:18 am

      ugh i know the feeling! here’s what i suggest. bust out the food chart like i mentioned in this post. find something they REALLY want from the store & let them know you can go pick it out if they finish a week of eating well.

      my kids started eating like this when I started eating like this. If there are no breads, fruit snacks, apple sauce packets in the house then they’ll eventually want something to eat. it sucks for a couple days but i just had to simply say “i’m not making a second meal for you!” good luck!!

  • Lisa
    January 14, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    WHAT? It’s not just my daughter who has been a holy terror since Christmas? Might have to give this a shot! Seems like a lot of effort, but it could save my sanity if it works! Thanks!

    • Small Fry
      January 16, 2014 at 9:17 am

      it does require some planning & prep but i PROMISE it will reboot her system and you will have a much happier kiddo! best of luck!

  • Melissa H.
    January 16, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Are u using a blender or a juicer??

    • Small Fry
      January 16, 2014 at 9:16 am

      great question! i use a blendtec! emily uses a juicer but i love the smoothie consistency as well as i use it A TON in cooking.

  • Jessica
    January 16, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Wow! I had no idea, this is awesome! Thank you for sharing

  • Gigi
    January 17, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Jenna, I am seriously so impressed! What a fantastic post. What a fantastic Mom.

  • APR
    January 18, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Where did you purchase the bottles? what your drinking out of is half the fun!

  • elizabeth
    January 20, 2014 at 11:19 am

    I’d love to know if you’ve been keeping it up to any extent. We broke out our juicer over the weekend and my daughter loved it. But the biggest challenge for me is digging it out of the cupboard and washing it!

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    Seriously the post I needed to read today 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing what worked for your family. My family is in need of some detoxing and resetting back to a clean diet. My kids love smoothies and the tip about citrus is on my list for this week!!

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  • lora
    April 1, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Children do not need to go on a “cleanse.” This post troubled me. Healthy eating is great, but when you restrict children like this you are sending messages about food that are not emotionally healthy for them. Also, if looking to instill lifelong good eating habits, kids should not be bribed to eat veggies. It sends the message that veggies are inherently bad and have to be choked down to “get” something…

  • Ashley
    April 22, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Wow those look soo yummy! I have to ask though, where did you buy those glasses that you used for the smoothies?

  • Tiffany Hebb
    November 14, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Where can I get those glass containers? I love them. Thank you for your blog!!

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    October 27, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    It is important that kids too cleanse their body. Giving them this nutritious drink can boost their metabolism. It helps them to feel great every day.

  • Amy
    December 19, 2017 at 12:21 am

    Is you child a junk food addict who loves to eat burgers and pizzas? Junk food can seem appealing for many reasons such as taste, convenience, and price. However, this has a negative impact on health.

  • Kelly
    March 6, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    How long did you do this?

  • Kaz Gachingu
    October 24, 2018 at 1:43 am

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful information

  • Kaz Gachingu
    October 24, 2018 at 1:45 am

    I love to get the knowledge about the food and the different recipes and i love your post thank you for sharing


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