Only One Chance to Make a First Impression: Introducing the Fam to Green Drinks

Hello, Lovelies!!!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!  It is bright and sunny here is Southern Cali and the Brownboy Superheroes and I started out our morning with an easy juice…I have blown through my produce because the boys were really on board with juicing this week.  A, my 4 year-old was requesting juice almost every morning including today.  I was out of most of my greens and all my fruit except oranges so for the first time in a while, I had some juice that was more fruit based–3 Valencia oranges, a lonely stalk of Swiss chard & a large zucchini.  I added approximately 1/2 a cup of water.  It tasted like a creamy orange drink.  The boys liked it and it was a change of pace…speaking of the kiddos & juicing, someone brought up the difficulty they are having getting their hubs and son on board with green juicing.  I think this something really important to address.  I believe you need to, at the very least, be open to it or no matter how good the juice tastes, your mind can’t get past the green.  As was the case with my reader who got her son to try the juice.  Unfortunately he promptly spit it out.  Her hubs on the other hand, is still resistant.  I can tell you that as supportive as my hubs was of my juicing, getting the kids drinking live juices, and the whole family eating healthier, he was extremely resistant to incorporating green juices into his own diet.  This was not something I pushed–at least I don’t remember really pushing it.  I always offered it up when I was making it but never really made a huge deal of it.  2 and 1/2 years later he started to come around.  Within a couple months he was asking me to prepare him green juices regularly.  We even got to a point where it became a ritual to juice or blend him several jars of juice/smoothie the night before he would go out to sea for a week or two.  Before this current deployment we shopped for things like raw almonds, flaxseed, vitamins, green powders (when blending wouldn’t be an option onboard) and chia seeds to take with him.  He bought a Magic Bullet & I send him smoothie recipes based upon what they have available in the galley.  He has a refrigerator in his stateroom where he can freeze bananas & store fresh juices.  AND…he just told me the other day that he brought up at a wards room meeting the benefits of them buying a juicer for the ship & a few of the other guys who also juice at home co-signed that it was a great idea.  He is currently putting together a proposal to get it approved!  How awesome is that? In the meantime, I will continue to send him care packages with replenishments of his supplements, nut & seeds, & other things he can blend but he doesn’t have access to in the middle of the ocean.  I have things like almond milk sent directly from Amazon & with Amazon Prime, my shipping is free.  Keep this in mind because buying in bulk is cheaper plus Amazon almost always discounts their prices.  You can even set up automatic replenishment orders through them & specify how often you want things shipped.  So how do you get them on board?

Let’s start with the kiddies–although I think you could use a similar approach with adults.  Kids, I believe are a little bit easier to for lack of a better word, to manipulate.  My 8 year-old E is much like me & open to trying new things whereas my younger son is much more skeptical & hesitant to just “trust” mommy that it will taste good. Knowing this, I introduced the greens very slowly.  A loves apple juice so I introduced him to greens around 2 years-old by adding spinach to his apple juice.  The first time he was like, “No, Mommy…it’s green.”  I told him it was green apple, which it sort of was.  I used gala & fiji apples because they are sweeter & added spinach because it is so, so mild.  He was hesitant to try it but when he did and realized it tasted just like his regular apple juice he began to trust green did not mean nasty.  I did the exact same thing with their smoothies, adding spinach to their mango, strawberry and vanilla smoothies as well.  (I added a couple recipes at the bottom of this post to help you get your family on board as well).  I slowly started adding more greens & less fruit but I always keep their drinks on the sweeter side with red apples, grapes & pineapple for juicing & dates, raw honey & stevia for blending. A is now at a point where he thinks green juice is “cool” and loves to see the reactions of his friends and even urges them to try it too.  Just yesterday we were at the pool & he hi-jacked my mason jar.  I found him sitting on a towel with his friend drinking my juice, telling her how good it was & to try some.  Even if he had never gotten past the point of drinking solely apple/spinach, I would have been happy because greens are greens & fresh is fresh.  So be patient with your friends & loved ones.  Chances are if you start out too green & they don’t like it, it will be a long time before they are willing to try it again.  And you only get one chance to make that first impression.  Here are a couple of recipes to help you out…

GREEN MANGO SMOOTHIE

NUTTER BUTTER SMOOTHIE

Until the next time…

love & light,

MK

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7 thoughts on “Only One Chance to Make a First Impression: Introducing the Fam to Green Drinks

  1. Great info on taking the kiddos on the ride slowly. My son (8) is not easily influenced. It didn’t matter that his sister was enjoying the process. His attitude was…do you! I’m good. I will say that he did request fruits only, no veggies. He also said he would try juicing if he could pick the fruits. I was sort of dismissive bc I wanted to push for adding veggies. To your points, fresh is best and I should start with allowing him to negotiate. Then sneak in or negotiate a stalk of green until we build up. So, I have.a new mindset. Thanks! But dang that means I have to up my fruit purchases. Okay. Btw, he’s been on board with fruit smoothies for a while now. He’s a strawberry lover. I can’t see wasting the fiber and flesh for it’s juice, so I’m thinking stick with smoothie for those.
    2things, he’s been allergic to bottled, manufactured apple juices since baby days. I’m going to do a trial with freshly juiced apples and report back.

    • Ugh, keep getting cut off. I’m gonna stop using phone to reply. But…..
      Secondly, can you address anything you’ve learned about limits to kids under 18 juicing? I’ve seen warnings re kids juicing but no real explanation as to why. The most I’ve pulled from the cautions dealt with vitamin overload and the detoxifying affects, being unnecessary, maybe?

      • The juicing is great, but kids also need a good amount of fat, protein and carbs they won’t be getting from total juicing or raw diets. Homemade wheat crackers with a cream cheese spread or almond butter and honey toast are great compliments to a green smoothie.

    • Yes, this is great! I agree about the smoothies. My 8 year old has a huge appetite! The fiber in the smoothies helps them stay regular and keeps them satiated longer. Juicing for my boys is a companion to any of their regular meals. Juice first & and then the meal. Smoothies I typically do for breakfast or dessert. Dessert would be something like the nutter butter, something w/ cacao or vanilla but always adding spinach. I just figure they can’t get too many veggies & it makes it so easy to fit in! I never have to worry about them getting enough green stuff. I’ll do a post soon on incorporating spinach into Popsicles. Pistachio is a great one since its already green. I know, sounds crazy but it’s really good.

    • Yes, this is great! I agree about the smoothies. My 8 year old has a huge appetite! The fiber in the smoothies helps them stay regular and keeps them satiated longer. Juicing for my boys is a companion to any of their regular meals. Juice first & and then the meal. Smoothies I typically do for breakfast or dessert. Dessert would be something like the nutter butter, something w/ cacao or vanilla but always adding spinach. I just figure they can’t get too many veggies & it makes it so easy to fit in! I never have to worry about them getting enough green stuff. I’ll do a post soon on incorporating spinach into Popsicles. Pistachio is a great one since its already green. I know, sounds crazy but it’s really good.
      And yes, freshly juiced apples or oranges or whatever base you’re using is perfect for smoothies. I say unfiltered apple juice because I want those w/o juicers to know this shouldn’t stop them. (And sometimes I get lazy and don’t want to pull both out. Lol)

  2. I laughed at the kid who spit it out and the husband who is reluctant. I wish I had these problems! At my house, I’m running around screaming “WHO DRANK MOM’S JUICE?” Maybe this can help someone…Start with something like Carrot Orange Ginger juice that looks pretty normal so when they hear the juicer going they think mom is making a treat! Then move into the Cucumber Honeydew Lime (clear green) then Blueberry Apple (dark) THEN go for the Green.

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