Juicing: A Great Way to Get Children to Eat their Veggies

One of the most difficult aspects of planning family meals is finding foods everyone will eat. Children are notoriously fussy eaters, and many absolutely refuse to eat anything that even resembles a vegetable. Still, they need the nutrients they can often only get from certain vegetables, so parents must find ways to introduce these foods into their children’s diets. One excellent way is to invest in a juicer. While many children won’t eat vegetables, they love fruit and juice, and vegetables can be added to juice easily. Children won’t know there are vegetables in their juice because the flavors from the fruits cover up those of the vegetables.

Before introducing juice to children’s diets, it is important to consult with a physician. Usually, mothers start giving their children juice by the time they are one year of age. Juice for children up to the age of two needs to be diluted with water, and children should have no more than five ounces daily, which is the recommendation of many physicians. Giving them juice made at home is much better than giving them commercially prepared juices, which often contain artificial colors, chemicals, and refined sugar.

One would be surprised at the types of vegetables they can use that will go unnoticed by children when they are juiced with fruits. Children who hate vegetables such as spinach and broccoli will gladly consume them and never even realize it. The juice from such fruits as apples and oranges is ideal, as it is sweet-tasting and easily covers up the flavors of many vegetables. Giving them juice made with both fruit and vegetables is a good way to make sure they are getting enough nutrients when they are not feeling well and aren’t eating much.

Just about any fruits and vegetables can be put into a juicer, such as a refurbished Vitamix 750, and healthy snacks can also be made. Simply add a banana or an avocado to make it more filling, or use ice to make a delicious and healthy slushie. Using frozen berries instead of ice is a good option, as the berries don’t dilute the drink when they thaw.