In a recent attempt to gently encourage Eric to try vegetables I found some juicing recipes and decided to dust off our juicer. The only vegetables Eric would eat before were raw carrots and cooked peas, and we don't force him to eat things, so I wanted to do something fun to help him feel interested in veggies!
Eric was really excited to make 'Green Monster juice' first, as apparently it might be the sort of thing Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc./Monsters University would drink. I was so happy he felt excited about it.
He helped me to choose which vegetables we would use, and he put them in the juicer and turned the switch each time. We talked whilst juicing about which vitamins were in the vegetables and fruit and why they are good for you.
The ingredients we used were:
- 2 sticks of celery
- 1 200g bag of kale
- 3 apples
- 1 grapefruit
- 2 lemons
We have the Aluminium Philips HR1861 Whole Fruit Juicer. It's a centrifugal juicer so works by grating the whole fruit to a pulp then spinning the juice out. It's a bit of a pain to clean but we're really happy with it. We put them in our juicer one at a time, celery sticks chopped in half, and the lemon and grapefruit squeezed in by hand at the end. It made about 2 glasses of juice.
I was really surprised that Eric actually tried and drank nearly all of his glass of juice. He made excited noises and said it tasted 'like lemonade, but not fizzy lemonade' (he and I don't like fizzy drinks!) The thought of the vitamins finally whizzing around his body made me super happy! To me it tasted very fresh, citrussy and healthy. It did taste quite a lot like traditional lemonade.
The next juice we made (the following day, as Eric was so eager) was 'Pink Power juice' (which is what Sully would drink of course.)
- 3 small/medium beetroots (raw not cooked!)
- the beet tops
- 1 pear
- 1 stick of celery
- 1 lemon
- 2 apples
- 15 strawberries
It made much more juice than the Green Monster, about 3.5 glasses, illustrating the higher water content of the ingredients I guess! Eric enjoyed it, but not quite as much as the green juice. He did a little dance, and drank about half a glass. It tasted very different, you could taste the earthiness of the beetroot and it was sweeter and milder than the green juice.
If you too have children who aren't keen to try vegetables I'd really recommend trying juicing. Since we made the juices Eric has been actually trying vegetables at mealtimes which I was secretly worrying would never happen, and he's been talking about which things are healthy and which things we only eat sometimes. The only downside being that when he eats something healthy he likes us to pretend his tummy is saying 'yippee!', but I'll take that!
Look out soon for Eric's further food adventures when we tried making stinging nettle soup!