Juicing for Kids Google+0Facebook0Twitter0Pinterest0LinkedIn0Wondering if you should share the joys of juicing with your kids? Yes, I know that juicer machine is expensive and yes, your 6-year-old might break everything he touches, but I’m still going to give juicing for kids a resounding YES! Juicing with your kids is an awesome experience and it comes with a bevy of benefits – both for you and your children. Want to know what some of them are? Here’s 10 reasons to convince you to go ahead and start juicing with your kids! #1. Juicing is Really, Really Fun When’s the last time you marveled at the miracle that is your juicer machine? I mean, you feed it chunks of whole apple and it spews out golden liquid. You toss in some pieces of incredibly-hard beetroot and it hands you a beautifully scarlet juice. It’s practically magic! And while you might not be so impressed – your kids will be. I’ll never forget the moment I introduced my juicer machine to my little nephew. He was absolutely transfixed. He wanted to feed the celery into the chute. He wanted to taste what came out. He wanted to know if it could do it in reverse. And then I caught him trying to make “candle juice” and learned a very important lesson. Lesson learned: Don’t ever leave kids unattended with the juicer machine. When done using, put it waaaay out of the reach of curious fingers. #2. They May Not Eat It, But They’ll Drink It It’s a funny phenomenon – kids will drink veggies that they normally wouldn’t touch with their fork. I don’t know a single child who’d bite eagerly into a beetroot but I’ve seen kids readily sip at a delicious beetroot-carrot-apple juice. And look happy about it! Juicing is also a wonderfully useful way to disguise veggies. You can juice infamously-hated foods like brussels sprouts with tastier fruits and veggies and marvel as your kid eagerly downs the glass. #3. Juicing Provides a Great “Gateway” to Developing a Taste for Veggies I don’t think anyone really likes the taste of vegetable juice, at least not in the beginning. But the interesting thing about juicing veggies (which should be the majority of what you juice, if you’re juicing for health) is that you acclimatize. When you first start juicing with your kids, you’ll want to use plenty of fruit to mask the taste of vegetable juices. But over time, you’ll find that you can slowly reduce the fruit portion and your kid will not mind. That’s the funny thing about taste buds – they get used to anything! You might even find that your kid starts craving some of the veggies you’ve been juicing 🙂 #4. An Easy Way to Make Sure Your Kids Get Ample Fresh Fruits & Veggies Juicing is the easiest way to ensure your kids are getting a healthy heap of fresh fruits and veggies. While your kids may not want to sit down and finish off an entire salad, they won’t mind downing a glass of juice full of nutrients and enzymes from various fruits and veggies. No fuss. No muss. And lots of fresh produce consumed. #5. Fresh-Made Juice Trumps Store-Bought Juice in Every Way It’s no secret that store-bought juice brands are not the all-natural, fresh wonder juices they’re advertised to be. In fact, only 44% of fruit drinks contain any actual fruit juice! And sure, juices are fortified with vitamins but they’re also very heavy on the sugar content – meaning we’re really not doing kids any favors by feeding them store-bought juices. Did you know that for every 8-oz. sugary drink per day, a child’s odds of obesity increase 60%? And store-bought fruit juices are the worst kind of ‘sugary drink.’ In fact, the 16 most sugary beverages on the market are all fruit drinks. Take Snapple’s apple juice, for example – that little 8-oz. serving contains 27 grams of sugar. That’s more than the sugar content in the same serving of Coca-Cola. Apparently, Snapple – you know, the “Made from the Best Stuff on Earth” company – believes sugar is the best stuff on earth. #6. Creates Healthy Eating Habits Eating habits are learned behaviors and what your kids learn to eat at home early in life will stick with them and influence their dietary habits well into adulthood. Get them while they’re young! #7. Juicing is an Easy Way to Teach Your Kids About Real Food I’m a city girl, born and raised. And I lived with the unquestioned assumption that food comes from the supermarket. Of course I intellectually knew that food was grown somewhere, but it didn’t really hit me – like really hit me – that real food comes from real, living things ’til I was in my 20s. I don’t think I’m the only one. The truth is that processed, packaged foods are a lot more common than real food. According to the Huffington Post, as much as 70% of our food is processed. The result? People who’ll eat foods containing ingredients like Blue No.1 or Butylated Hydroxyanisole without batting an eye but wonder what exactly a kohlrabi or a yuca is. Juicing is a great way to encourage your kids to learn about real food through touch and taste and encourage them to appreciate the tastes of nature. #8. Juicing Teaches Food Smarts Juicing opens up a whole new world of taste opportunity since you don’t have to worry about things like how to properly prepare any of the produce you want to try. You can simply juice it. This means you and your kids are going to be experimenting with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. And experimentation always involves exploration and learning. When you approach juicing with kids from this mindset, juicing becomes a really fun learning adventure for both you and your kids. The produce section at the local supermarket becomes a fun outing. A visit to the local farmer’s market turns into a day of exploration. And in the process, your kids will naturally learn so much about various types of food and the benefits of eating a diverse array of fruits and vegetables – knowledge that will serve them for a lifetime. #9. Sparks Curiosity and Encourages Hands-On Learning Children are curious creatures and they tend to enjoy hands-on activities, especially if those are activities that they see adults doing. Take cooking, for example. I consider it mostly a chore since I have to do it every day, but when I taught kindergarten, my students’ favorite time of the week was “cooking” day when they got to things like make batter and crack eggs. It’s weird, but children seem to find grown-up chores quite fun to do. Juicing allows kids a chance to indulge their natural curiosity and get involved in some hands-on learning. You can have your kids do simple preparation like washing the produce and de-stemming strawberries – which they’ll doubly enjoy if you let them use some fun kitchen tools. It gives them something new and fun to do and helps them learn in the process! #10. Juicing is an Awesome Way to Spend Time With Your Kids And the most important reason you should juice with your kids is that juicing is an awesome way to spend fun, interactive, stress-free quality time with your children. From exploring various produce aisles to prepping and juicing the actual fruits and veggies, juicing is a great way to laugh and play with your kids! Want some tips on juicing with your kids? Want a free book of healthy juice rECIPES? Perfect, 'cause we've gathered our favorite juice recipes into a printable juice recipe book you can download right now!Here's what you'll get... Simple, tasty recipes perfect for beginners! Recipes to fight acne, burn fat, detox your liver, and more!Nutrition facts and prep tips for every recipe!