This may sound crazy, but have you ever given your preschooler spinach and ginger in a drink? What about carrots and celery? Until recently I was convinced that the munchkin would not drink something green, but I was wrong. In fact, these days his favorite breakfast drink is his “Hulk Juice,” which he named after The Incredible Hulk from The Avengers. (My husband got the munchkin a kid’s comic book subscription.)
What is Hulk Juice you wonder? It’s green juice! This particular version is a slight variation of Giada’s “Rise and Shine” juice and it’s made with spinach, celery, ginger, apples, carrots and lemon. You chop up the ingredients, stick them in a juicer, press the juicing button and voila!, a tasty and healthy beverage. I started making it for myself after watching “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” and when the munchkin showed an interest because of the color I let him take a sip. He loved it! Pretty soon we were drinking “Hulk Juice” together. :) Sometimes he flexes his muscles in between sips, which cracks me up. He says he’s getting strong like a superhero.
As you can probably guess, the only ‘bad’ thing about this drink is that you do need a juicer to make it. But that doesn’t have to be a barrier because you can get a pretty decent juicer without busting the bank. We have a Breville Compact 700-Watt Juicer that I purchased for about $120 and now it’s $99 on Amazon. Not cheap, but definitely worth it. Because hey, the munchkin is drinking SPINACH and he’s happy about it yo.
Now if only I could get the hubs to drink it?
- Two handfuls of baby spinach (about 1½ cups)
- 2 sticks celery, ends trimmed off
- 2 large apples, cored
- ½ a lemon
- 3 large carrots, ends trimmed off
- Ginger root, peeled and cut into a cube about 1 to 1½ inches
- Wash and prepare your ingredients. Put them in your juicer according to the manufacturer’s directions. Juice. Pour over ice and enjoy. :)