I don’t ever recall eating beets as a child. In fact, the first time I ever remember trying beets, I was pregnant with Jack…which means I was 30 years old! I didn’t like them, to be honest. I thought they tasted like…dirt. So I didn’t really feel much inspiration to give them another go, despite their lovely color that always makes me think I *should* like them, until one day I noticed Claire came home from school with some bright red stains on her shirt. She told me it was from the beets she ate at lunch.
:::Screeching brake sound here:::
WAIT! My kid eats beets??
I asked her daycare provider and it turned out that she did, on occasion, eat beets at lunchtime.
I received a copy of the book, Best 100 Juices for Kids by Jessica Fisher. As soon as I got it, I started digging through the different recipes. When I saw the “Tickled Pink” beet juice recipe in (affiliate link alert!) Best 100 Juices for Kids, I thought I’d give it a try and share the recipe here.
- 6 large carrots
- 3 medium pears
- 1 medium beet
Directions: Trim the carrots and core the pear. Trim, peel, and quarter the beet. Juice according to your machine’s directions, and whisk together. Add water if your child prefers a milder taste.
I tasted it and thought, “Yes…beets do, indeed, taste like dirt.” But when it’s mixed in with pears and carrots and just so PRETTY…you still want to drink it. I planned on adding some water (or maybe even another pear) to give it a milder taste so my kids would like it, but, to be honest, the kids never got to try it. I let Charles have a taste and he downed the whole glass. So…success?
We have two more beets and I’m going to make this again, and possible throw in a peach, too.
Best 100 Juices for Kids is FULL of kid-friendly juice ideas. It’s even got some amazing smoothies and popsicles I can’t wait to try. The book is full of gorgeous photos and recipes I KNOW my kids (and I) will love. I can’t wait to dive in a little more and start trying some of the recipes out – especially the Hot Apple Cider!
OH – and we are totally going to check out the other beet recipes, too.
You can read my other post about juicing for kids here: