Our Morning Routine + Tips for Juicing With a Toddler

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As I’ve mentioned before, one of our resolutions for 2016 was to begin our journey toward a healthier lifestyle. Three months into the year, I’d say we’ve been doing pretty well. I mean, we do have our moments of weakness here and there (aka late night trips to Taco Bell), but overall we’re still very determined and motivated to keep on keeping on. 

A few years back, Michael and I had stumbled across a documentary on Netflix called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. The film follows Joe Cross as he embarks on a journey to try and cure his chronic disease by going on a 60-day juice fast. Yes, 60 days of nothing but juice. The results are nothing short of amazing! After watching and becoming completely inspired, we decided to go out and buy our own juicer to give it a try. It wasn’t anything special (only 30 bucks on clearance at Macy’s) but it got the job done. 

This past Christmas, though, I took advantage of the sales and got us the gift of a brand new juicer. After doing some research, I ended up going with the Kuvings Silent Juicer SC Series . What sets this apart from other juicers is that its low-speed motor is extremely efficient at extracting juice while still retaining important nutrients; also known as a masticating juicer. On the other hand, we have centrifugal juicers that use high-speed motors that tend to heat up and destroy key nutrients. Whichever option you choose to go with, you’ll still end up with a tasty juice, but it’s definitely worth the money to go with the masticating in my opinion! 



 
Our morning juice routine usually starts off with one of us (usually Michael) giving all the produce a good rinse and quick scrub with veggie cleaner. I’d recommend this natural veggie wash, which comes in a bundle pack to save you some money! Then it’s off to the cutting board. It’s important to make sure that everything is in small enough pieces to fit into the juicer.

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Typically, we like to use tropical fruits to provide a sweeter flavor to our juices and help to mask some of the not-so-tasty ingredients. (Personally, I’m not a huge fan of how kale tastes; only the fabulous nutrients it provides!) Once everything’s all ready to go, we put it all into bowls and then it’s on to the fun part!

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Lately, Hadley has taken interest in helping us to prepare our morning juices (much to our surprise). We’ve tried several times in the past to get her involved, but this time she’s sticking to it! When it’s time for her to help, she grabs the step stool and starts putting stuff in.

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This is a great way for toddlers to practice naming their fruits and veggies, as well as colors. Hadley likes to say both as she puts them in (i.e. green kiwi, orange carrot, red watermelon, etc.) 

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What a ham! She just loves posing for the camera. 😉

The end result -after a bit of mixing, of course- is a nice, delicious juice:

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Green pretty much dominates as the primary color in most juices. But don’t be fooled! Depending on what’s in it, the taste is oftentimes the opposite of what you’d expect! 

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Hadley’s definitely a fan. Some days, she’s not as excited about the juice, but we’re just happy that she’s involved with it now!

Tips For Juicing With a Toddler

  • Get them involved. The first step is just to get your little one interested and keep it that way. Letting them help you wash the produce (Hadley just loooooves playing in the water) is a great way to make them feel included and most toddlers enjoy being mommy’s/daddy’s little helper! 🙂
  • Start with fruit. Initially, Michael and I would make Hadley plain apple juice and then we would juice everything else for ours. Slowly but surely, we started to incorporate more variety, eventually leading up to leafy greens like spinach and kale.
  • Keep it simple. Trying to include too many different things can be a bit overwhelming for your little one. Start with one ingredient that you know he or she likes, then expand from there, trying different options until you have a combination that works. 
  • Make it fun! Hadley’s favorite thing to do when we drink our juice is to “cheers!” so we made a game where every time we cheers, we all have to take a sip. Since she loves to do this pretty much constantly, it’s a sneaky way to get her to drink as much juice as possible. 

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My beautiful girl! Luckily, we got to enjoy some more sunshine this past weekend before the rains started again. Ugh.

One of the best parts about juicing -for me- is the energy that it gives me. Every time I juice, I just feel so much more awake and alert than on the days I don’t. Some days are more difficult than others (oh the joys of pregnancy), but I just have to tell myself that it’s not only for me, but for baby as well.

Stay tuned for more of our juicing adventures and recipes! 🙂 

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