Summer Juices for Kids: Healthy Recipes from Kuvings

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Keeping kids hydrated and healthy will be a challenge this summer, with unusually hot temperatures predicted for most of the country. One easy solution is to create your own fruit and vegetable juices.

Juicing is a fast, easy and delicious way to give your children the variety of nutrients they need to feel happy and healthy.

"Juicing is a fast, easy, and delicious way to give your children the variety of nutrients they need to feel happy and healthy," says nutrition expert and certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Margaux J. Rathbun. "It's the perfect summertime beverage for busy parents and kids who are always on-the-go. If your kids aren't getting the amount of green vegetables they need, try juicing them with some delicious fruit! They will never know that they are getting a daily dose of beneficial vitamins, minerals, and enzymes."

Start with fresh fruits and vegetables, such as apples, carrots, oranges, pears, strawberries, spinach, mangoes, raspberries, blueberries, kale, bell peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes. Visit the local farmer’s market now and through the fall for just-picked produce. Choose both fruits and vegetables; combining sweet fruits, such as apples and oranges, with vitamin-packed spinach, cucumbers or kale, will make the resulting juice sweet enough to appeal to most children. Unlike many supermarket brands, which are often pasteurized, the resulting fresh juices you make yourself contain no added sugars, preservatives, artificial coloring or additives.

Next, choose a juicer, such as a low-speed vertical masticating model, that will extract the juice while preserving maximum nutrition and flavor. The just-introduced Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer, with its industry-first three-inch chute, for example, offers the additional advantage of being able to juice whole fruits and vegetables, saving prep time and extracting more nutrients than with conventional juicers. In addition, juicing whole fruits and vegetables preserves valuable enzymes that can be lost due to oxidation caused by cutting or chopping produce to fit small-mouth juicers.

Finally, experiment with fruits and vegetables to discover which juices appeal to your children. In fact, asking children to select their favorite fruits and vegetables to add to the juicer might be a perfect way to keep them engaged in the process.

The Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer is available online at, at and at Williams Sonoma stores and online.

Apple Carrot Juice
A source of vitamin C, vitamin A, betacarotene, potassium and antioxidants.

1 apple
2 medium carrots

Wash ingredients well. Remove stem from apple. Remove seeds, if desired. Add to juicer.

Soothing Pear Ginger Juice

A source of vitamin C, antioxidants, phytonutrients and anti-inflammatory flavonoids.

Ginger is known to soothe upset stomachs. Add more orange to appeal to even the fussiest kids.

2 pears
1 inch fresh ginger root
1 radish
1 orange

Wash ingredients well. Remove pear stem and seeds if desired; cut to fit opening. Remove skin from ginger root. Peel orange and cut to fit opening. Juice in the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer.

Red Bell Pepper Strawberry Juice
Provides vitamin C, vitamin A, phytonutrients, carotenoids.

A great source of vitamin C; the bright red color of the juice and the sweet taste of strawberries should appeal to most kids.

Red bell pepper, medium, or ½ large
6-7 large strawberries

Wash the red bell pepper and strawberries, remove stems. Cut red pepper to fit; drop into feeding chute of the juicer.

Kiwi Max
Provides vitamin A, C and E.

Choose firm kiwi fruit to make juicing easy.

4 kiwi
1 apple
Handful of spinach

Wash all ingredients. Remove skin from kiwi fruit. Remove stem from apple and cut to fit juicer opening. Soak spinach in cold water for about 30 minutes and drain well. Juice, alternating between kiwi, spinach and apple.

Carrot Cherry Tomato Juice
Provides vitamin A, vitamin C, betacarotene and potassium.

Source of carotene and vitamin C; kids will enjoy this juice because of the sweet richness of the carrots.

1 carrot
6-7 cherry tomatoes

Clean carrot. Clean cherry tomatoes, remove the stems. Drop into the juicer.

Berry Berry Juice
Provides vitamin C, phytonutrients, antioxidants.

1 c strawberries
½ c cranberries
½ c raspberries
½ pear

Wash ingredients well. Remove pear stem and seeds and cut to fit juicer opening. Juice berries and pear.

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