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201 Healthy Smoothies & Juices for Kids [Review]

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Smoothies and juices are simply delicious. I remember in college (IU in Bloomington IN) being introduced to my first smoothie. It was a peach nectar something or other, and oh so good. I would walk well out of my way (and scrape my change together) to treat myself to a peach smoothie every so often. Less often than I’d like!

So, when I had the opportunity to review Amy Roskelley’s new kid’s healthy smoothie cookbook, I jumped at the chance! Amy has done a wonderful job of compiling hundreds (literally) of smoothie and juice recipes. Some of the concoctions are straight up fruit-based, but many have a little “salad” thrown in. If you are curious about getting greens into the blender, this is the book for you.

There are several other things about this book which appeal to me:

Recipes by ingredient: In this case, organized by fruit or veggie. If you’re like me, there are many days I look up a recipe according to what I have on hand.  In fact, I modify recipes I want to make based on what’s in the fridge or pantry. I love it when a cookbook organizes the index by ingredient, making it a very useful tool.

Very Cute Names: I appreciate the creativity that goes into creating namesakes. It’s not easy to come up with: Inspector Nectar, Bye-Bye Blackberry Pie and Sweet Pear Maiden. Lot’s of creativity here! The names alone make me want to rev up the blender– I suspect the names entice kids to drink them too!

A Variety of Useful Tips: From Time Saver Tips to DIY or Picky Eater advice, you will find a useful tip included with every recipe. You’re learning something and you may not even know it.

This week we tried Raspberry Rascals and Kickin’ Cantaloupe smoothies (photo of Care Bear taste-testing Kickin’ Cantaloupe smoothie–she’s a happy camper!).

I’d love to have tried the juices too, but I don’t have a juicer. If any of you know how to juice without a juicer, clue me in!

Here’s the recipe for Raspberry Rascals (it was a huge hit—gone in seconds!)

Makes 4, 1-cup servings

1 cup iceberg lettuce

2 pints of raspberries

1 banana, peeled

½ cup rice milk

½ cup Greek-style yogurt

Place lettuce, raspberries, banana and rice milk in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add Greek yogurt and blend until smooth. **6 grams protein per ½ cup serving**

To celebrate Amy’s new book, I am giving away a copy to one lucky reader! So, take a minute to enter this giveaway—you’ll love this book—I know it!

Here’s how to enter:

1.) Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment here on Just the Right Byte about why you want this book.

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One winner will be chosen using random.org. The winner will be announced on Just The Right Byte’s Facebook page. This giveaway ends Friday, July 20th, at midnight.

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  1. I would love to receive this book because I am new to eating clean and I am looking for anything to make my journey easier. I also am a mom to a 16 year old who enjoys and a 2 year who I want to start on the highway to healthy habits. These would be a great bonus!!

  2. I drink smoothies seavrel days a week. Use fruit, ice will give it some body, making it more shake like and more filling. I usually add protein powder but don’t know if you can as a vegan. I also add a tablespoon of olive oil and some fiber(the kind that comes in a shaker to add to foods). This gives a good balance of carbs, protein, and healthy fats. The fiber will help keep you feeling full longer. The protein also makes you feel full. I use whey protein which is a animal product but I believe they do have soy protein powder. Also a use fruit juice instead of milk but that is just a preference.

  3. Would love to win this book to help us move beyond our same-old smoothies into some new combinations! Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Three out of our four kids love fruits and veggies. The fourth, not so much. She’s kind of my meat and potatoes kids! I don’t know how to cook for her and she loves smoothies – so this would be a HUGE help!

  5. I would love to give my 2 boys healthy smoothies to enjoy. Plus my husband and I would enjoy them too!

  6. I so would love to try this book! I have 3 very picky eaters and 2 others that love smoothies. It sure would be nice to make all 5 of my kids happy at one time. I think this book would definitely help!

  7. I have a 9 year old son who is so tiny and doesn’t like to eat! I have made so many smoothies and he’s never liked any. I’ve even resorted to puttinaiken ice cream to wet his tastebuds! If I find even just one recipe he likes even a little it I’ll be a WIN!

  8. I have a 9 year old son who is so tiny and doesn’t like to eat breakfast! I have made so many smoothies and he’s never liked any enough to eat….I’ve even resorted to putting a touch if ice cream in to wet his tastebuds! If I find even just one recipe he likes even a little it I’ll be a huge WIN! Thanks!

  9. I have a 9 year old son who is so tiny and doesn’t like to eat breakfast! I have made so many smoothies and he’s never liked any enough to eat….I’ve even resorted to putting a touch if ice cream in to wet his tastebuds! If I find even just one recipe he likes even a little it I’ll be a huge WIN! Thanks!

  10. My 4 yr old is in a picky stage so one of the easiest ways to get veggies and fruit in her in via juice or smoothies. I tend to make the same thing over and over and would love a little more variety. This book looks like just what I need!

  11. I have starting learning about clean eating and I want to provide my 2 year old son with the best clean food possible in a way he will actually love to eat or drink.

  12. I would love to win this book! It would help me sneak in some veggies for my picky 2 year old 🙂

  13. Would love new ideas for juices and smoothies. Anything to get my 2 year old picky eating son to eat/drink nutritiously!

  14. I don’t “tweet” and I don’t “pinterest” but I do tell people who aren’t on Facebook about blogs I like and this one is on my list for my next “keeping up my side of the conversation” emailing I do to friends. Hope this counts as an entry into your giveaway since I would LOVE to own the book and have already added your blog to my FAVORITES.

  15. I would love this book – the idea of using iceberg lettuce in a smoothie just fascinates me.

  16. DD and DW are picky eaters and I have OAS. DS is a juicer himself, eats everything in sight. Always looking for new ways to get a variety fruits and veggies in our diets. Any way I can sneak in something else would be great. Plus the backyard garden gives us plenty of options for ingredients. This book would give us new things to try and options besides strawberry-banana.

  17. I need more juicing recipes because my 4 year old wants a smoothie every day! He will even choose a smoothie over ice cream, cookies, and other sweets! We just bought him his own “child-size” smoothie maker, so I need evern MORE recipes! 🙂

  18. I’m a holistic health coach and my clients are busy families who want to make healthier choices. I would love to have this book as a resource for my clients. I am a huge fan of Amy’s blog and recipes. Thanks for the opportunity to win! I have also followed you on Facebook and Twitter.

  19. I am a pediatric registered dietitian, and I would love this book to help all the little kiddos that I work with! Not only do I work in school nutrition, but I also speak with parents and families at various pediatric practices for developmentally delayed and/or picky eating children who are at a nutritional risk. Parents are always asking how to get their kids to enjoy more fruits & veggies!

  20. I want this book because sometimes my kids can be picky eaters, but they will always drink any smoothie that I make, and I need some new recipes!

  21. I would love to have this book for one main reason. I am currently in a dietetic internship with hopes to open a private practice in the future that focuses on pediatric nutrition.

  22. I just bought a Vitamix and am making fruit/veggie smoothies for my two year old son and myself daily. Would love a great collection of recipes to add variety to our taste buds as well as a variety of nutrients. We also like to turn smoothies into fruit/veggie popsicles. Mmm… So good!

  23. I am having a very hard time getting my son to eat. He is going to be 3 years old and worries me cause he eats everything that is junk and nothing that is good and healthy for him. I give him pediasures and he loves those, but those get very expensive.
    I would love to win your book just so I can save money from pediasures and try your healthy smooties and hope that he enjoys them more.
    Thank you!!!

  24. I would live to have this book, I just bought a blender/juicer to increase veggies to our diet and didn’t know where to start! 🙂

  25. I would love to try some smoothie recipes that my daughters would enjoy and that would be good for them.

  26. I would love new recipes to try out on my toddler. I feel like I’m repeating the same 3 recipes and we need a change.

  27. I would love this book because I think it would be a great way to help me to provide fun, healthy breakfast and snack options for my kids, especially when we are always in a rush and it is a struggle not to give in to all those unhealthy but fast on the go breakfast and snacks!

  28. I want a juicer so this smoothie book would be a great addition to our diet!!! Thanks

  29. I would LOVE to win this book. We recently bought a high powered blender, and have been making smoothies every day. My kids are wanting to branch out from the typical spinach/berry smoothie I have been making and this would be a GREAT place to start! I have been reading her blog for a long time, and love all she offers, so i know her smoothies recipes will be great!

  30. I woud love a copy of this book as I have 2 picky eaters that I have trouble getting any veggies into. They both seem to enjoy smoothies on occasion so any new recipes to offer to them would be great!

  31. Hi. I have twin boys who have special needs and are extremely picky eaters. I would love a copy of the book to get new ideas for smoothies that they might be interested in actually eating.
    Thanks so much!!!

  32. I would love this book to use at our elementary school. We are going to offer a fresh smoothie once a week this school year.

  33. My daughter loves smoothies and I would live to make them for her, right now we just buy them when we’re in town.

  34. I shared this with a friend so she can have more ideas for getting fruits and vegetables into her kids.

  35. I’m always looking for new ways to encourage my children to eat their fruits and vegetables. My daughter loves all kinds but my son is very picky so anyway I can get more into him is a great help for his health.