During the summer heat, there are a few great ways you get your kids to drink their nutrients – in a cool and refreshing way. Fresh pressed juice bars and juicing machines for the home have both become extremely popular.
Juicing is a great way to provide children with the nutrients they need without them even knowing what vegetable they’re consuming and may not always agree to eat, like spinach and kale.
Green smoothies are also a great way to pack both fruits and vegetables into a quick snack or even a meal replacement.
Here’s what a healthy green smoothie might contain:
- 1 cup spinach, fresh
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup orange juice
- ¾ cups strawberries
- ½ cup blueberries
- 1 banana
There are certain essential nutrients for good health that kids may not always get enough of, like calcium and vitamin D – and if you’re vegetarian or vegan, vitamin B12 deficiencies are very common. A smoothie doesn’t necessarily have to be based on the use of yogurt or milk. A few smoothie ingredients that will provide a lot of nutrients are: greens like kale or spinach, nuts or nut butters, hemp, chia seeds, blackstrap molasses and nutritional supplements.
Another positive attribute of a smoothie versus a juice: Unlike with fruit juices, you don’t lose any fiber from the fruits and vegetables — it’s just in a more sippable form.
We’ll leave you with one more smoothie recipe:
Carrot Mango Smoothie
1 medium mango, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut water
1/4 cup water