Last week, a wonderful new cookbook landed at my front door: Best 100 Juices for Kids.
After a week of heavy Pesach foods, I was thrilled to dive right into this one.
Best 100 Juices is an easy-to-read, approachable, information-packed cookbook focusing on — you guessed it — kid-friendly juices, as well as smoothies, sports drinks, slushies and ice pops.
Each recipe in the book was test-tasted by Jessica’s six children – and when kids are your taste-testers, you know that their feedback is going to be brutally honest. Only the best of the best recipes are included in this colorful cookbook.
Since you need a juicer for about 75% of the 100 Best Juices recipes – and we don’t yet have a juicer (I’ve been wanting one… will this book be the final push?!) — I flipped to the back of the book and focused on the smoothies, slushies and ice pop recipes.
Those 52 pages alone provided plenty of inspiration from recipes like Blueberry, Banana, Coconut Blender; Peaches ‘n Cream Yogurt Smoothie; Orange Cream Smoothie; and Pumpkin Spice Smoothie.
I was most intrigued, however, by the one called Blue Orange.
Jessica’s recipe calls for honey syrup (a simple mix of honey and water, brought to a boil and cooled), but I was able to get away without any added sweetener for all three of my kids — even the one with a sweet tooth the size of Texas.
The Blue Orange
- 1/2 cup orange juice (fresh squeezed or bottled)
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- Honey Syrup to taste
1. Place the orange juice, strawberries, blueberries and yogurt in the blender.
2. Blend until smooth.
3. Adjust for sweetness by adding honey syrup to taste, if desired.
We loved the Blue Orange — “Make more, Mommy!”, “This is really good, Mommy!” and “Mommy, he finished the smoothie *cry*!” were the refrains I heard. I’ll definitely be adding the Blue Orange to our morning smoothie rotation — and maybe even for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, as Jessica suggests.
Discover 99 other amazing juice, smoothie, slushie and ice pop recipes in 100 Best Juices for Kids – available on Amazon (currently priced at $13.21, regularly $16.95). And go learn more about juicing for kids (and kids of all ages) from Jessica in her Intro to Juicing post over on Life As Mom.
Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary copy of 100 Best Juices for Kids, but was not required to write this post. All positive opinions are my own. The recipe is Jessica’s.