It is the new year and time to rid our bodies of the holiday confections and decadence. I’m not saying you have to go on a juice cleanse (although I do recommend it) but we should all be adding in some healthy, clean foods. Easiest way? Juices and smoothies. Not only will you love the supercharge, but your kids will too.
We are smoothie maniacs at our house. I think of my Vita-Mix as my middle child and could absolutely not live without it and the delicious concoctions it whips up. There is nothing like that energy boost that comes from juicing. You truly will have more energy if you dedicate some will power to eating clean — guaranteed.
So I came across this book by Amy Roskelley titled 201 Healthy Smoothies and Juices for Kids. Pretty straightforward, it is what it is titled, a collection of juicing recipes. So many parents struggle with getting their kids to eat fruits and vegetables, especially in the amount they should be taking in. Smoothies are an easy and tasty way to consume large amounts of nutrition and even hide some of the less favorite veggies. A lot of the time kids simply have texture aversions to certain foods, which goes away when you pulverize the produce! Your son refusing to eat a leafy salad? No problem, blend it up with berries!
My daughter happens to love fresh fruit and veggies and I don’t have any issues with getting her to eat them, but she does get bored quickly. Her boredom keeps me on my toes, always trying to create new recipes and flavor combinations for her, which is tiring. Roskelley makes it easy by providing you with cataloged recipes for both juices and smoothies for breakfast, drinks on the go, snacks and dessert.
I prefer smoothies to juicing because there is little waste and more nutrition. It also just takes less product to make smoothies rather than extracting juices. But, juices have their place and we do that too, so I love that this book is BOTH and equal.
This review was an easy and delicious one. A veteran juicer, I had tried many of the combinations before but some I hadn’t and those became my focus. Since this book is supposed to be about getting your kids to try smoothies, I also focused on flavors I knew my daughter would like with an ingredient here and there I know she wouldn’t eat on it’s own.
With everyone sick with the flu, now is a crucial time to boost that immune system. Don’t send you kids to school unarmed — prepare these smoothies for breakfast, freeze them and pack them for lunch (they will thaw by lunch time) and make the dessert ones for after dinner. Let’s make our best New Year’s Resolution to cram our kids full with as much nutrition as possible!
Keep it easy and purchase 201 Healthy Smoothies and Juices for Kids by Amy Roskelley.
Product was provided by Adams Media to facilitate this review; all opinions are 100% my own.