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Popeye Juice

A few years ago, I was concerned my kids weren’t getting enough veggies and fruits in their diet. But just like for most parents out there, it was a struggle for me to get them to eat their veggies.

It was exhausting, exasperating and made me want to give up…or throw lots of bribes their way. It was clear I had to rethink my methods.

#1 Method – Juice It!

I tried many different veggie drink recipes, finally settling on one that we came up with — lots of trial and error to get the “right” taste. You can juice or blend for a smoothie, but it’s pulpy and green as a smoothie.
popeye juice

Photo: laura/Eating Local & Organic. Popeye juice smoothie!

Laura’s Take

I like to use my Nutri-Bullet and make a smoothie. It whips it up and effectively juices the fruits and veggies–and I still get the fiber. The biggest benefit to using my smaller juicer/blender is that I don’t have to make a big batch of this awesome Popeye Juice. Just add the greens so that it’s half the blender cup. The other half will have the fruit and flax oil. Finally top it all off with spring water (about 1 cup) so that you get your desired smoothie consistency. Enjoy!

Here’s our recipe for Popeye Juice. It’s a big hit with my kids. Have some fun with it, experiment, and change it up to the tastes of your family. The recipe produces a big batch smoothie-wise, so use less ingredients for smaller portions. And use organic produce.

Popeye Juice Recipe

  • 4 C Spinach
  • 4 C Collard Greens
  • 4 C Kale
  • 2 C Dandelion Greens (or Beet Greens)
  • Flax oil
  • 2 Bananas
  • 1 C Mango, frozen
  • 2 C Fresh Pineapple Chunks

Optional: 1 Tsp Stevia (sweeteners…substitute with honey, maybe honey and stevia)

Juice the veggie and fruit ingredients, starting with the leafy greens first, and finishing with the hard fruits. Stir in the flax oil and your optional sweeteners.

If using a blender, combine all  ingredients and blend until well incorporated.

 

About Julia

Julia is a non-purist who strives to be a purist in the organic, whole foods life. She has two young kids who challenge her at dinner time, and lunch time…and snack time, and breakfast. "Give me some chemicals Mommy!" is what she feels like she hears at these meals. She truly admires the moms out there who freely, and passionately make their food from scratch. Can she be one of them? Probably not, but she tries. Julia is the co-founder of Two Sister Organics, a natural and organic skin care company, and Eating Local & Organic.

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