My kids got hooked on green juice when they were toddlers and too young to turn up their noses at the weird dark green color. They loved the taste, and I loved that they were getting a daily dose of vitamins from ingredients like spinach and kale mixed in with the apples and kiwis. And no added sugar—yay!

After lots of taste testing (and some dramatic spitting-out in the sink of a few not-so-great brands), we have found four of the best green juices for kids that actually taste great. We’ve come up with some interesting ways to use them, too, from smoothies to salad dressing, so that our kids ask for more. And, honestly, they do.

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Naked: Green Machine

Best green juices for kids: The first one to try with your kids is Naked's Green Machine.

Why we love it:
Green Machine by Naked is a thick juice touted as a smoothie, probably because of ingredients like banana and mango purees. It tastes sweet and fruity despite having loads of spirulina, alfalfa, broccoli, spinach, wheat grass, parsley, and kale. If your kids aren’t used to the idea of green juice yet, try this one with them first. ($11.28 for a 64-ounce bottle, Amazon affiliate)

How we use it:
If you’re not sure your kids will drink it straight up, pour Green Machine in a popsicle mold. The thick texture freezes well, and the flavor is sweet enough to work as a cold popsicle on a hot day.

 

Daily Greens: Green Thing

Best green juices for kids: Daily Greens Half Pint Green Thing. Lower sugar but great taste.

Why we love it:
Some bottles of juice are just too big, which is why I’m a big fan of the new Daily Greens Half Pint juices. My kids balked at some of the flavors, but tossed back the cold-pressed Green Thing juice in no time. It’s a combination of five fruits, spinach, and mint, which gives an unexpectedly bright twist. Plus, in an ounce-to-ounce comparison, it has about half the sugar and calories of most of the other juices we tasted. (Exclusively at Whole Foods Market)

How we use it:
If you’re pan-searing some pork for dinner, pour 1/4 cup of this juice into the pan after you’ve browned the meat. Use a wooden spoon to deglaze the pan, which is a fancy way of saying that you should stir it around the pan scraping up the browned bits. The apple, pineapple, and strawberries in this juice all pair well with pork and make a yummy pan sauce, especially if you melt a pat of butter into the sauce at the very end.

 

Related: 5 must-try smoothies for a fresh and fruity summer.

 

Suja Elements: Green Charge

Best green juices for kids: Suja Elements Green Charge. Delicious in a smoothie!

Why we love it:
Suja Elements is a combination of cold-pressed juice blended with fruit purees which gives their Green Charge flavor a pulpy texture. You can see some bits of seed in it, which is something to consider if your kids are particular about texture. That’s easily fixed by straining it, which I do when I have a few extra minutes. I can taste the dark greens in this juice, but there’s still a strong fruity flavor that kept my kids happy, too. (Exclusively at Whole Foods Market)

How we use it:
For a quick breakfast smoothie, pour this into the blender with some yogurt and/or a banana and a cup of ice. The pulpy texture won’t be as noticeable this way, and you still get delicious flavor and healthy greens without stockpiling fruits and veggies around the kitchen.

 

Evolution Fresh: Super Green

Best green juices for kids: Evolution Fresh's Super Green. Yummy citrus flavor.

Why we love it:
Evolution Fresh uses the same cold-pressed juice and fruit puree method as Suja Elements, but I found it to be much smoother and juicier than some of the other thicker, pulpier drinks. Their Super Green flavor is sweet and tangy thanks to tons of citrus. ($28.15 for a 6-count case, Amazon affiliate; also available at Starbucks or your local grocery store)

How we use it:
I like this homemade citrus vinaigrette salad dressing over a simple spinach salad in the summer and this juice blend, with its orange and pineapple juices, would make a great, nutrient-rich substitute for the OJ.

 

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