Now that many of my friends have young children, one thing that I hear from all of them is that “My kids won’t eat any green vegetables.”
This doesn’t surprise me in the least because (a) most kids would rather have french fries than spinach or broccoli; and (b) they have to be taught to like greens at a very, very early age. The good news is that there is an easy solution.
It is called Juicing.
By juicing many of the greens that you want them to eat, they will be receiving a lot more nutrients and minerals than they are presently getting. And, you will probably encounter a lot less resistance from the kids.
Two Key Points to Remember:
1) Make the juicing a fun activity. Have them watch as the green vegetables go into the juicer as solid pieces and come out as liquid. This will intrigue and fascinate kids.
2) Make sure that you, the parents, are drinking the green juice. If they see you drinking green juice, they will want some as well.
You could even use some reverse psychology and tell them that they can’t get any green juice unless their behavior is really good. They’ll start to see it as a reward, which it really is.
I love green juice and drink it almost every day. When my body gets very alkaline, I start to absolutely crave green juice in the same way that people crave chocolate or coffee in the morning. It may sound strange but it is absolutely true. My body just wants it.
Believe me, the same could happen to kids as well.
A Few Tips
Always mix up the greens and don’t use the same combination every single day. To sweeten the juice up, you can also add lemon or apple.
Try celery juice. Just because celery is not a dark leafy green does not mean it has no value. Celery has tremendous anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
There are two juicers that I recommend on my site. One is the Breville and one is the Green Star (above). I give detailed explanations and talk about the benefits of each one on their respective pages.
Also, make sure you also buy a Fruit and Vegetable Wash since water alone is not enough.
All fruit and vegetable washes are not created equally. Most of the washes on the market have very, very questionable ingredients, even if it says “all-natural”.
While it is still important for a child to eat organic greens (for the fiber), juicing is a fantastic way to get them to put green vegetables into their bodies. And at a young age when their bodies are starting to develop, this is critical.