Okay. I am pretty sure you may have just rolled your eyes at me.
I only know this because I used to do the same if someone told me my kids would ever drink anything that shade of leprechaun green.
I also know that you rolled your eyes because I am the “Queen Bee” of eye-rolling. Ask my Mom. And my husband. They both will gladly defend my title on this one.
But…I promise…This mixture actually tastes really good. I happen to have two kiddos in my house who both agree, as do some of their friends even.
And yes… much to both of their horrors, I have actually served this up at play-dates. They have really nice friends who have willingly tried it … and whose parents have obviously taught them very well to be polite and try anything I serve up …
Ahhh…the sheer embarrassment that my poor boys must endure over having me as their Mom.
And just for the record, this is definitely more of a “juice” than a “smoothie”. I find my kids like it as a thinner juice far better than a thicker smoothie mixture.
Here’s the deal. It may not be an overnight process. It might take a week. It may take 3 months. In fact, I highly recommend the low and slow 3 month method on this one.
This is my little trick … just put one little sip in the glass the first time. That’s it. Just tell them to try one sip and no more.
The next time? Do the same. And the next time? Yup. Same again. And then again. You can gladly drink up any extras yourself. But, just one sip. Any kid can do one sip of something. Give them a funky fun straw and they won’t even notice they drank it.
After a few times, add a little more. Then some more. Then some more. Before you know it? Their palates will be used to the new healthy flavors and they will soon be able to down a whole glass of this alkalizing detoxifying juice of health!
I know it is not always easy to incorporate enough greens into your day, so finding tips and tricks along the way ALWAYS helps…so I have another one for you in case you still aren’t sold on the fact your kids (or you) will drink my Virgin Kale Cocktail above. And no. It does not involve adding liquor to it…although that’s not such a bad idea.
Recently, my trainer, of Jeremy Scott Fitness fame, introduced me to a product called pHresh Greens. I absolutely love what this company stands for. I talked with the guys behind these greens recently because I was wanting to verify that their products and their lines were truly Gluten-Free Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free, and Soy-Free (great news…THEY ARE)… and the passion and excitement these guys have for health and their products is amazing.
This stuff is pretty incredible:
“pHresh greens® is made with 16 raw ingredients that were carefully selected for their high pH levels. It is a full spectrum alkalizing superfood blend of energy rich vegetables, and sea algae. pHresh greens® is highly bio-available and provides your body with a rich natural source of vitamins, trace minerals, chlorophyll and other phytonutrients beneficial to health.
It is also made with TRUE INTENTION ensuring that you will get all the ingredients’ nutritional benefits without any harmful chemicals, additives, preservatives or fillers. Its all natural organic ingredients have been carefully slow dried to help retain its life energy. pHresh greens® is made from the natural produce itself, thus ensuring you are getting the vital nutrients of the ingredients from a natural state, it’s just like harvesting produce from your own organic vegetable garden.”
**Please note that I have absolutely NO financial affiliation with this company. I just truly love this product and the stamp of health that they stand for.
And, if you decide you just can’t get your kids to drink my little concoction I mentioned above, then this is a GREAT alternative for you. Just 1 tsp, added to any smoothie, will give them (and you) a COMPLETE daily serving of RAW GREENS!
And since I mentioned it…IF you are anywhere in the Phoenix metro area, you have to come and work out at Jeremy Scott Fitness and join in on his Express 30 minute boot camps. 30 minutes of an awesome FAT BURNING workout and you are DONE FOR THE DAY! His workouts rock and they will get your buns in shape!
That is my type of workout. Short and Sweet. Jeremy knows how to speak my language…AND deliver awesome results! Oh, and if you are not in Phoenix, he also has an awesome fitness program for you to do on your own time at home.
Summer is just about here – time to get FIT and HEALTHY!!
Here is a printable version of the Green Juice Recipe, by the way:
Green Juice Your Kids Will Even Drink
- 4 Large Kale Leaves – Stems Removed
- 1/3 of a Medium Sized Cucumber
- 1/2 of a Lemon (or more)
- 1/3 of a Green Apple
- 3 tsp Raw Honey (or more)
- 3 cups Filtered Water
- 1 cup ice
1. Blend in High-Speed Blender until smooth. Serve over Ice. Sip away…
Kim Maes, CNC, AADP, known as the Allergy Free Food Coach, is a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant and Certified in the Practical Application of Food Allergy Guidelines.. She is also the creator of the Cook It Allergy Free iPhone and iPad Apps and the Cook It Allergy Free website, where she shares her passion for teaching others how easy and delicious it can be to eat whole, pure allergy-friendly meals that the entire family will enjoy.