This recipe has been tailored to accompany the Edible Learning Lab Teaching Kitchen collection of lessons. The simplified instructions make it an ideal recipe for young students. It is intended to accompany the lesson, Juice It.
In a moment of desperation I replied “Of course this green juice is what makes the Incredible Hulk so strong. Just look at the color!” It’s a struggle as old as time itself. Children don’t want to eat their vegetables. Ever. But there are very few kids that will risk missing out on a secret power boost like spinach. Just look at what it did for Popeye!
The current generation of wee ones don’t know Popeye and the Hulk of today is nothing like the one I grew up watching. But the message is still the same. Eat your veggies and you will be strong and powerful. At least, that’s how I presented it to Tank and Tater, my two little ones.
So they stepped up to the counter, helped me jam spinach, kale, and chard into the chute of the centrifugal juicer and watched in utter amazement as the rainbow of colors shot out the other end of the system. It was at the very moment that I knew I had won the battle. As long as they were intrigued by the process they would drink the fruits of their labor.
We’ve been making this juice, or some version of it, for a few years now. My boys are 4 and 7 years old and they still fight over who gets the biggest glass of Hulk Juice. Of course, once they settle that issue the race is on. It’s never clear who actually finishes first. I’m just glad they finish at all.