All parents know how difficult it is to get their kids to eat and drink healthy especially babies and toddlers. For me, I have a hard time convincing my kids to eat healthy, but I figured out something that works. It’s juicing! That’s right, getting them to drink start drinking juice is an awesome way to nourish their body with nutritious minerals.
Juicing is an amazing way to get your toddlers involved in healthy eating in a fun and delicious way. Not only do they enjoy tossing the produce into the juicer (with adult supervision of course), they are also happy to drink juice rather than be forced to chew and swallow intimidating green veggies at the dinner table.
Now I make juice for myself as well as my children on a daily basis. I would recommend that you start off with purchasing a high-quality juicer. My all time favorite is the Magic Bullet Nutribullet RX Blender Smart Technology, but I started off with a budget-friendly Hamilton Beach Way Action Blender. Both are good and its up to you on which one to start with. Having a high-quality juicer will save you a lot of money and time in the long run.
Why should you juice?
1. Juice is healthy!
The truth is that a lot of fruit juices get a bad rep because they aren’t “as good” as fruits, but fruit juices aren’t the only juices out there. There are a lot of other types of juices ranging from green juices to fruit mixes and much more.
In order to maximize the health benefits of juicing, you should make your own juice and not buy the ones from the counter. The ones in your local grocery store might be packed with sugar and fake sweeteners, which isn’t healthy for you.
Now, instead of buying the sugar-laden juices you’ll find at the grocery store, you can just swing through the produce aisle and pick a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. You can get creative with it and find the most healthy ingredients.
2. Juicing can be all in one
It’s extremely hard to stuff your baby with a bunch of greens. They will shake their hands or knock it off your hand, which we don’t want. Sometimes you can use “tricks” to convince them to eat a few broccoli here and there, but what about the other greens and fruits?
This is where you can combine everything that is nutritious in a simple blender and have everything ready in no time.
Now you just need to convince your kid to consume one thing, instead of 20 things!
3. Juicing Avoids Waste
Another great thing about juicing when it comes to families is that it’s a great way to deal with leftover produce that’s about to go bad in your fridge.
Instead of tossing all your veggies and fruits away, you can avoid waste by turning them into nutritious juice.
What to do add to your juices?
Now that we know why you should start juicing for your kids, let’s talk about the best thing to add to your juices.
This is pretty straight-forward, but you should include a fruit that your kid already enjoys. Every kid is different. For example, my kid loves apple juice, so I include apples in all my juices when I’m preparing it for them.
Apples are another one of those amazing fruits that help control blood sugar levels. It’s a great way to get energy without causing a sugar spike. The World’s Healthiest Foods tells us that “apple polyphenols can help prevent spikes in blood sugar through a variety of mechanisms.”
Another thing that I love to add to my juice for my kids is berries. Berries contain a good amount of Vitamin C, which your baby needs. It’s also naturally sweet and will make the juice taste a lot better.
Carrot is one of my superfoods. It’s packed with nutrients and minerals that will help your baby’s health and growth.
Carrots help with vision due to it’s Vitamin A source.
Beta-carotene has also been shown to protect against macular degeneration and senile cataracts. A study found that people who eat large amounts of beta-carotene had a 40 percent lower risk of macular degeneration than those who consumed little.
Carrots also help with healthy skin, which is a must. Vitamin A and antioxidants protect the skin from sun damage. Deficiencies of vitamin A cause dryness to the skin, hair and nails. Vitamin A prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes and uneven skin tone.
Another benefit is that carrots can help with preventing infections and strengthening the immune system. You don’t want your baby getting sick!
This is why it is necessary to add carrots to your juice!
Spinach is a great nutrient-dense superfood for your health. It is high in vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients but low in calories. Thus, it is excellent for people who want to lose weight or want to follow a vegan diet.
Spinach is a good source of vitamins A, B2, C, E and K, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, selenium, copper, folate, protein and dietary fiber. Plus, it is loaded with flavonoids and carotenoids.
Spinach doesn’t taste good by itself, this is why you need to add some fruits and tasteful vegetables to it.
Tips on Juicing for Babies and Toddlers
Alright! Now you know what to include in your juice, let’s talk about how to get babies and toddlers involved in juicing.
Start things off sweet
This is one of the best advice that I ever received from a friend that’s also a parent.
You want to make sure to get them hooked with sweet delicious juices first and then introduce more earthy or tangy concoctions later.
This mom created a YouTube video on making carrot juice for babies. Carrot juice is a great starting point when juicing for babies and toddlers. It’s surprisingly sweet, tasty, colorful and easy to make. The bonus is that carrots have tons of vitamins and minerals that help with eye health, cancer prevention, heart health and more.
If you followed the advice above and included berries in your juice, then I’m sure your kid will start loving it already.
Sometimes, it involves a good amount of testing to see which type of fruit and veggies your child will actually enjoy. Once you find that sweet spot, include them in every other juice that you make in the future, while adding nutritious ingredients.
Get all your babies involved!
As with anything, babies and toddlers will be more engaged and excited about juicing if you involve them in the process. Luckily, that’s super easy to do. While you should never let your toddler juice on their own, there are ways to allow them to help you.
When you’re ready to start juicing, hold your child up at the height of the juicer and let them watch you insert the produce and press it down. If you’re comfortable, you could even let them toss the produce into the juicer themselves, being careful they don’t insert their hands into the contraption.
Allowing your kids to be involved in the process will get them excited and have them feeling special. It’s also a great way to teach them about different types of fruits and vegetables and their benefits.
Juicing recipes for toddlers and babies
I’m going to go over a few juicing recipes that my kids love!
This is my favorite one because my kids love lemonade. It’s fairly simple and requires minimum thinking.
- 3 green apples
- 1 handful of fresh spinach
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 medium carrot
- 1 lemon (peeled)
- a handful of blueberries
As I mentioned above, berries are one of my most favorite things to include in my juices. Here are the ingredients that I do use for this one.
- 7 strawberries
- ½ cup chopped pineapple
- 1 medium banana
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 red apples
- 1 handful spinach
Green apple smash
Another one of my go to juices.
- 3 green apples
- 1 cup of pineapple (chopped)
- 3 celery stalks
- 2 small beets
- 1/2 cup of kale
- 3 large carrots
There you have it all! Your ultimate guide to juicing for babies and toddlers. I know a lot of our readers have kids, and I get a lot of questions about nutrition for kids, so I decided to put this simple article together for everyone!
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