Do you have a picky eater? One who will refuse those greens? You’re at your wits end to try and get vegetables into your child?
My oldest son started turning into a picky eater in his toddlers years. I’m sure there could have been ways that I could have better implemented vegetables into his diet. However, without putting the extra effort into it, I wanted to go the easy route. And to me, the easy route was to give my child…
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Years ago, my husband and I bought a Vitamix.Â Now, these things are amazing! This has been one of the best purchases we have ever made! I could create a separate post just talking about our Vitamix.
A Vitamix is one of the most powerful blenders you can buy. They are on the more expensive side, but well worth the investment for your ‘health’. We bought ours at Costco, but you can easily purchase yours here on Amazon. With these you can ground seeds, make butters, smoothies, createÂ purees, make juices, and you can even make soups (you can throw all your ingredients inside it and the soup comes out hot!)
I started experimenting with different fruits and vegetables that I would throw right into the blender. After 5 years of experimenting, I’ve finallyÂ created a recipe that our family likes. Our children never complain drinking this juice. There’s lots of much needed raw vegetables in itÂ and has a sweet taste with the grapes and apples.
Another reason I like this Vitamix is that I’m not wasting all that left over stuff that comes out from a juicer. All the kale that I throw in thereÂ gets completely usedÂ up- not just a small portion that a juicer would use.
Here is the recipe:
2 small honey crisp apples
25 globe grapes
1/2 lemon (squeezed by hand into the vitamix)
1/2 celery stalk
2 large carrots
handful of spinach
1 large kale leaf
small chunk of beet
And you can adjust this recipe as needed according to your family’s taste buds.
Chop up all the produce and place into the vitamix. (It doesn’t need to be in small chunks- see the pic below)
Pour water up to the 3 cup line in the vitamix.
Blend on high, then add 1 pint of ice cubes.
If there is still room, I usually add water till it fills the top of the vitamix container.
Blend on high for 3 minutes.
One batch creates about half a gallon.
I usually prep two batches to save time the next day. I blend one batch for that day, store the other chopped up batch in a bag or container in the fridge.
I do the chopping every other day. We go through one batch in a day. I serve about a cup to each of us at lunch and supper (children maybe a little less and me and my husband a little more).
Now I know that it’s best to drink the juice right after its been juiced or blended and that I shouldn’t save it till the evening. This is not realistic for me to make this juice at every meal, so I’m doing the best I possibly can for this season of life right now.
You can easily adjust any amounts- adding or removing anything. I just recently started adding the beet in there (encouraged by a friend, telling meÂ all the benefits in beets). You wouldn’t need to include that. You could add less greens and add more fruit to make it sweeter for your child to start out with.
You want them to like this juiceÂ so its not something else you are trying to force into their mouth. Sometimes over the summer, I freeze the juice into ice pops. It then becomes an even more enjoyable way to get those nutrients.
I’m not saying I’m against juicing machines. If that’s what you have, go and try this recipe with it. I’m not sure how much a juicer takes from each food, soÂ you might need to adjust some of the measurements.
So go ahead and give this a try! I’m curious if your children will like it as well!
Purchase your own Vitamix right here –} Vitamix 5200 Blender (you can even make hot soups just by throwing all the ingredients in and blending it for 5-7 minutes! Plus make smoothies and shakes in here as well.)
Do you have other tricks you use to get vegetables into your children? If so, please share them in the comments below!