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Carrot Juice for Kids


I have not started juicing, although I’ve wanted to for a long time.  I simply feel like I have to buy the most expensive juicer before I can start doing it.

I stand corrected! My sister has a cheapo juicer that I wanted to test out.  I bought 2 lbs of carrots (for $1.29) and it yielded 2 cups of carrot juice.  I was going to use it for a vegetable soup, but never got around to it.

Instead, I used it as the base for our smoothies. Normally I would use fruit juice, soy milk, or plain old water.  But we loved our smoothies with carrot juice!  I felt good about giving it to my kids and myself.

In fact, my daughter loves her smoothies so much, she added my name to their chore chart, and put my chore was to make smoothie’s every morning.


Current smoothie ingredients:

  • Baby Spinach leaves (one generous handful)
  • Frozen strawberries
  • Frozen blueberries
  • Carrot Juice
  • DHA (more about that on Wednesday)
  • Ground flax, or squirt of flax oil

I started school last week.  I’m excited about school, but stressed about the cost of it.  In an effort to take classes without going into debt, I am really going to trim up our grocery bill! Its the only portion of our spending that can be cut into (in my opinion).   I will be writing up more posts about inexpensive, yet healthy ideas for at least the next 3 years!  Stay tuned!!

carrot juice

Natalie Monson

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I haven’t made a smoothie in a LONG time. Is this all you added to it? Did the frozen berries work for the chilled (icy) portion or was it more like juice? I have to be careful and be correct the first time I introduce this to my four kiddos so it won’t be a bust;)

My berries were as frozen as possible, while still soft enough to be blended with my blender. So it was about 8 oz carrot juice, Mostly frozen strawberries, frozen blueberries, a handful of fresh baby spinach leaves, and a TBL of DHA (long chain omega 3 fatty acids..optional of course). My kids prefer it slushy to juicy, but they will drink it either way.

I actually made this today and I’d say it was a success. The flavor will take a little getting used to for me, since I’ve never had veggie juice, but I still really liked it. My 3yrold wouldn’t try it, but my 18month old devoured it and wanted more. Maybe next time! I’m excited to keep trying. Any tips to lower the cost? Frozen fruit seems so expensive!

Good morning Hannah! Frozen fruit is expensive. I keep a price list for most things and my best price for frozen fruit is at Costco. I get a huge bag of strawberries for about $10, and it lasts us quite a long time.
The next best option is to freeze your own. When strawberries are dirt cheap, we freeze them. Same with cherries, peaches, nectarines, and I just froze a bag of bananas that were going bad. Make sure to first freeze for a few hours on a cookie sheet, and then place in bags. This way the fruit doesn’t stick together.

My son loves his green smoothies. I rotate the leafy greens (recommendation I read about in Green for Life book by Victoria Boutenko), adding kale, bok choy, chard, spinach, parsley, romaine lettuce – he does not mind! Plus I add some veggies too – celery, cucumber, carrots – blend everything with my Vitamix and that’s it. Delicioso! (that’s what he says!)

I just wanted to tell you that I LOVE your blog. I am an “older” mom- having FINALLY been blessed with my one and only “birth” child in 2005 at the age of 42 (and stepmother to wonderful young men who are almost 15 and 20 yrs. older). My husband and I from the very beginning have always tried to give our son the best “beginning” we can-healthy eating being up in the top part of our list. Cameron was born when I was only in my 26th week, so it was and is especially important to us, to try our best to help him to learn to live well and carry that on into his adult life. Your blog is one that makes that a little easier, so I thank you! It’s always exciting to see another parent with the same or similar ideas about feeding/nourishing our kids, so I really appreciate and enjoy reading your blog.

Christie F.

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