Kids need an abundance of nutrients – but it isn’t always easy getting them to eat the right foods, such as fruits and vegetables. Beet juice has a ton of health benefits – especially for kids. And these beet juice recipes are so tasty, even kids will enjoy them!
This is a guest post from Natalie’s Orchid Island Juices.
Giving juice to a child is a terrific way to introduce them to the great taste and nutritional benefits of a diet rich with fruits and vegetables – a diet they might at first be resistant to adopt after being presented with these produce items in their natural, raw form. Take beets, for example. We discovered kids who are intimidated at the sight of a raw beet have no problem drinking our beet/orange juice. Kids are typically attracted to the vibrant color of the orange juice. Also, they love the taste of the sweet combination of oranges and beets together.
Incorporating juices into your child’s diet can help promote life-long healthy eating habits. It is essential to educate children at a young age on the health benefits associated with consuming vegetables and fruits. In order for children’s bodies to properly develop and grow they need to ingest the nutrients from food sources such as fruits and vegetables.
Beets are a nutritional powerhouse for the human body at any age. They prove to be an excellent source of folate – which has a positive effect on cardiovascular, neural and psycho-emotional health. They’re also a very good source of manganese, potassium, and copper. Additionally, beets are a good source of dietary fiber, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin C, iron, and vitamin B6. They promote eye health and overall nerve tissue health. Beet greens contain vitamin K and A which is critical for bone health.
The pigments that give beets their rich purple color are called betalains, which provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support to the body. The detoxification attribute is especially beneficial because it allows young bodies to get rid of the harmful toxins that are in over processed and preservative filled foods available today.
Beets have also been suggested to have anti-cancer benefits that are overwhelming, reducing risk for a multitude of cancer types.
The trick, of course, is getting kids to enjoy them. Below you’ll find four, kid-friendly, beet juice recipes that kids will love, including:
- Orange Beet Smoothie
- Citrus Yogurt Popsicles
- Orange Beet Cupcakes w/ Cream Beet Frosting
- Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Orange Beet Balsamic Vinaigrette
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Orange Beet Smoothie
Vega Berry Protein
Natalie’s Orange Beet Juice
1. Mix desired amounts of each ingredient.
Orange Beet Cupcakes w/ Creamy Beet Frosting
1.25 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp pure vanilla
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup coconut oil, unsweetened applesauce, or yogurt
1/4 cup Natalie’s Orange Beet Juice
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/5 cups Greek yogurt
1 tsp Natalie’s Orange Beet Juice
2 tbsp honey, or sweetener of choice
red or pink sprinkles for topping
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners or grease tins well, set aside.
3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
4. Add in the almond milk, Orange Beet Juice, vanilla extract, applesauce (or coconut oil or yogurt), and honey until the batter is mixed throughout.
5. Using a cookie scooper, evenly distribute the batter into the cupcake liners.
6. Bake cupcakes for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
7. Allow cupcakes to cool before frosting.
1. Combine the Greek yogurt with the Orange Beet Juice and sweetener.
2. Mix until combined.
3. spread over the cooled cupcakes.
4. Garnish with sprinkles.
NOTE: May replace flour with AP gluten free flour, if you have a gluten allergy or sensitivity.
Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Orange Beet Balsamic Vinaigrette
6 beets – any color – trimmed and washed
2 oz goat cheese, crumbled
1/3 cup walnuts
2 cups arugula
1/3 cup Natalie’s Orange Beet Juice
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Toast the walnuts in a small pan over medium heat until golden and fragrant, set aside.
3. Wrap beets loosely in aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet.
4. Bake beets for 45 to 60 minutes. They should be fork tender.
5. Remove from oven and unwrap. When they are cool enough to handle, use a paper towel to gently remove the skins.
6. Cut them into 1/4″ slices. Set aside to cool completely.
7. In a large bowl, add arugula, tasted walnuts, beet slices, orange pieces, and goat cheese crumbles.
8. Top with desired amount of dressing and gently stir until combined.
9. Serve on a serving platter or in a salad bowl.
Note: The extra dressing can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Recipes courtesy of Natalie’s Orchid Island Juices.