Instead of coughing up $5 per 8oz of cold-pressed juice, I decided to come up with my own green juice recipe for kids, which my daughter drinks every morning. It’s been particularly helpful with potty training, because my juicer leaves everything a little pulpy, so you get the fluid and the fiber in one. That’s as far as I’ll get into toilet talk while talking about this green juice recipe though—wink wink, see me after the show.
This green juice recipe can be stored for up to 72 hours in the fridge, and yes the most nutrition comes from drinking it right away, but who has kids and time to make fresh juice every morning? And clean the juicer? Not me! After dinner a few times a week works for me, and it’s totally worth it and delicious too!
The base of this juice is celery, and it makes an incredible base. I feel like it’s often overlooked and replaced with sugar-laden apples instead. You don’t get a whole lot of juice from other greens like lettuce unless you use a ton, but celery is 95% water, which means instead of using sugary fruits like apples and oranges to create the bulk of the juice, you can use celery instead. You’ll still use apples and oranges in this green juice recipe of course—they’re kids and they have tastebuds—but the majority of the juice comes from the celery.
Some people drink celery juice all by itself. Kids probably won’t. It doesn’t taste bad, it tastes as if you were eating celery, it’s even refreshing, but I wouldn’t bet on kids drinking celery juice in the morning (and if they do – go you!) unless you’re blending it with peanut butter, which also sounds gross. In terms of the benefits, it’s a demonstrated anti-inflammatory and has antimicrobial properties that help fight infections and boost your immune system.
One pro-tip is to get the kids involved. I let my daughter help chop the veggies, peel them if needed, and put them down the spout of our juicer before pressing. Getting kids involved peaks their curiosity so that they want to try the juice. And once they try it, they’ll love it!Print
Green Juice Recipe for Kids
The best green juice recipe for kids uses celery for the juice base instead of apples, to reduce sugar. But don’t worry, there are still apples, carrots and even a few mandarin oranges thrown in for kid-friendly flavor.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 32oz 1x
- Category: Beverages
- 2 hearts organic celery (about 20 oz)
- 4 organic carrots, peeled and trimmed
- 1 handful of spinach
- 1 handful of kale
- 2–3 red apples, core/seeds removed
- 3 clementine mandarin oranges
- Wash all of the produce. Whether you grew it, or it came in a bag, give it a good wash, peel your carrots and clementines, and remove the seed sections from your apples. Orange seeds are fine to blend.
- Start with celery, then move your way down the list, processing one ingredient at a time, and using the right setting for each fruit or vegetable on your juicer.
- At this point, taste your juice with your kids. If they want it sweeter, you can add another apple, one at a time until it reaches a flavor they like.
- Store in a recycled glass juice jar or large mason jar in the fridge for up to three days. The most nutritional benefits come from drinking right away.
If you try this green juice for kids, let me know what you think!