If you’re struggling to get your children to eat their five a day, why not try turning fruit and veg into a juice or smoothie instead? This simple step has worked surprisingly well in my house, where one of my kids out and out refuses to even try vegetables. With that in mind we’ve scoured some of our favourite websites to bring you 7 delicious juices and smoothies packed with fruit and vegetables we think your whole family will love.
Loved by my “vegetable-resistant” nine year old, our refreshing Super Kids Green Juice packs the power of kale, ginger, apple, lemon and mint into one zingy wake-you-up juice. Find the recipe here.
With cold and flu season upon us, we need all the help we can get to keep the family fit and well. This Immune-Boosting Smoothie from the Family Food Forum is absolutely chocka with goodness in the shape of spinach, flax seed and turmeric. Click here for the recipe. You can get kefir from specialist food stores in the UK or you can even have a go at making your own. I get mine from Nourish Kefir (www.nourishkefir.co.uk).
Break out the sunglasses – the colour of this Carrot and Orange Juice for kids from MyFussyEater.com is enough to brighten the coldest, greyest, wettest January. But that’s not all – it’s packed full of Vitamin C to fight off colds and flu. Not just for the kids we say! Grab the recipe here.
2016 Newsflash! Green juices don’t have to be green. If your kids are particularly averse to green food and green drinks (what is that all about anyway?), then mask the colour with a handful of red berries as in the case of this deliciously refreshing Berry Green Smoothie from Damn Delicious. Simple everyday ingredients – banana, berries, oats, milk and not forgetting the spinach – mean this is super easy to make and you can whisk up a batch ahead of time and freeze if you’re short on time. Click here for the recipe.
Hot chocolate for breakfast – what could be more satisfying? This recipe, created by Ren Behan, combines creamy avocado, oats (or Weetabix) and a small square of dark chocolate, with warm milk for a comforting and nutrient-packed start to the day. For the recipe click here.
Another juice my nine year-old daughter loves, which was a huge surprise as I know she’d never go near a beetroot in its normal, regular state. I was slightly nervous about trying this one on myself let alone the kids, but it is surprisingly delicious: sweet, warm and comforting – in other words, a perfect winter warmer. Click for the recipe at DeliciouslyElla.com