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May
08
2013

The Green Juice Your Kids Will Drink!

Green Juice Your Kids Will Drink

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!

How to get kids to eat their greens - add some pHresh greens to their smoothies!

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. How to get kids to eat their greens - add some pHresh greens to their smoothies!

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!

How to get kids to eat their greens - add some pHresh greens to their smoothies!

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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

1.  Blend in High-Speed Blender until smooth. Serve over Ice. Sip away…

Kim Maes - Allergy Free Food CoachKim 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.

15 Comments
  1. On May 8, 2013 Carol said

    I guess I am like a kid when it comes to drinking green juice because this is essentially what I do to get myself to drink green juice except no honey. I have not sold the hubby on it yet so I am going to try your recipe with the honey, that might do the trick. And personally I think that a shot or two of gin would not be such a bad idea either :)

    • On May 9, 2013 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Carol, the honey is how I got Kurt to drink it. LOL… My kids were not the ones that needed it! :D And I am thinking a Kale Gimlet should be on the menu this summer FOR SURE!! XO

  2. On May 9, 2013 Maggie said

    Can’t wait to test this out Kim! If all else fails, I know Pete and I will drink it! Can I add some gin to it for a nice summer beverage? Hahah! xo

    • On May 9, 2013 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Good luck, Maggie! Hope it works! ;) And I just told Carol…a Kale Gimlet is officially going on the summer menu! LOL Perhaps one of these days soon we will be clinking glasses and sipping one together! ;) XO

  3. On May 9, 2013 Suzie said

    I never thought of adding a cucumber. My little one year old is a picky eater but he will always drink a green smoothie in the morning, thank goodness because he won’t touch anything green! Our standard is a banana, orange, strawberries, and spinach. Yummy stuff!

    • On May 10, 2013 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Wow! Suzie, you are lucky your 1 year old is already digging the green smoothies! Way to start him out early! ;) At least you know that if he is picky about other things, he is still getting some great nutrition from his healthy smoothies!!

  4. On May 13, 2013 Erin said

    Hi Kim!

    Curious-has the pHreshGreens been tested gluten free? There’s just so much controversy about wheat/barley grass and when it’s harvested vs. gluten content, blah….and I didn’t see anything about testing on their site, although I could have missed it. And that green juice looks suspiciously like the one I make so my husband drinks it too!

    • On May 15, 2013 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hey Erin,
      I called the company directly and spoke with the owner of the company. The greens are tested thoroughly. Their lines also NEVER have any dairy, egg, nut, or soy products on them ever. I am going to run a Gluten-tox test on them soon, just to make sure, but my Celiac crew here has no problems with them at all… :) But I hear ya. Such a controversy over grasses, but this is one company that I do feel really good about. ;) Love how we have to doctor up our drinks for our husbands too. LOL Mine is harder to win over than my own kids…

  5. On May 14, 2013 Alisa said

    How did you know that I rolled my eyes? :)

    No kid in this house will touch anything green, but maybe I can add some summer blueberries!

  6. On May 14, 2013 Suzie said

    Hey Alisa, try by making it a fruit smoothie with a few added greens so the drink is not green and then won’t scare your kiddos away. (0:

    • On May 15, 2013 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Yup! Suzie’s right, Alisa!! Change up the color with some cherries or berries… maybe they’ll never know what hit ‘em. LOL

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