Naming Creativity + {Shrek Juice} - HLTT5

Today's post could be titled: "How to get your kids to eat more veggies" or "How to get your hubby (who sometimes acts like a kid) to eat more veggies."  The answer? Deception, of course! OK, well, not so much deception as creativity. That sounds so much more positive and wholesome, right?  I have found that giving something a fun name, like calling tiny pieces of broccoli "Broccoli babies" gets kids to try new things and eat more than they normally might. Earlier this week I took Babycakes out to lunch with my folks.  I ordered hummus and fruit specifically for Babycakes, which she devoured. And ordered a kale, hazelnut, heirloom tomato risotta to split for lunch.  It arrived (beautifully, though I forgot to snap a pic...oops!) and she refused to take a bite.  Lips clamped shut.  Sip of water, yes. Another bite of fruit, yes.  A bite of this deliciously decadent risotta I knew she'd love, no.


I called the risotta "Daddy's rice." Then, she couldn't get enough. Spoonful after spoonful went in.  I didn't feel so bad or too deceptive. I mean, risotto is a lot like rice.  It just goes to show that creativity when it comes to naming foods for your children, or significant others, goes a long way!

Introducing this week's Healthy Living Thirsty Thursday:

{Shrek Juice}

High in beta-carotene, lutein, manganese, zinc, calcium, and Vitamins K, C and E, this juice delivers a heavy nutritional punch.  It features 5 CUPS of spinach plus: kale, carrots, apples, lemon, & golden honeydew.

I could have called it Green Juice, or Spinach Juice... but, come on.  Shrek Juice sounds waaaaaaaaaaay more fun!! Thanks to Rebekah for pointing out that the green color resembled our big jovial green friend :)  Pair this drink with a showing of the movie, and I bet they'll down it in about 2.8 seconds flat!

Do you remember that Dear Hubby hates vegetables? When he saw this green juice, cutesie name or not, he was afraid.  But to his surprise, he loved it!  It is packed with green veggies, but sweet to the lips. 

You just can't buy juice this healthy, veggie-packed, and delicious at a store. 


  • Do you ever call food different names to get your kids to eat it?
  • Do you "juice"?

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{Shrek Juice}

{Shrek Juice}


Shrek Juice - a bit monsteresque on the outside, but beautiful and sweet on the inside. // via Nosh and Nourish


5 cups Spinach
1 bunch Kale (~8 stalks)
6 Medium Carrots
2 Golden Delicious Apples
1 Lemon (peeled)
3 Slices of Golden Honeydew (could substitute regular melon)


  1. Juice all ingredients.
  2. Enjoy!
  3. Watch Shrek (optional)

Yields 42 Ounces