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Published on October 12th, 2010 | by Becky Striepe


Mott’s Invisible Vegetables Juices

kid drinking juice

We talked not too long ago about Motts’ campaign to get moms feeding their kids more apple juice. Now, they’re at it again with new varieties that hide vegetable juice in each glass.

Here’s a commercial for the new juice:

And here’s the nutritional information for one of the “healthy” medleys from the Mott’s website:

motts nutritional informantion

What strikes me about this juice is that it contains no fiber at all and has 22 grams of sugar. To put that in perspective, a can of Coke has 39 grams of sugar. When kids get used to sweet drinks, their palettes adjust, and it’s going to be that much harder to get them to eat healthy fruits and veggies.

What do you think, moms and dads? Is a serving of vegetables hidden in sugar water the way to get more veggies into your kids’ diets?

Kids and Veggies

If your kids aren’t into eating their veggies, there are better ways to get them their nutrients than with sugary drinks. Kids are more likely to eat their veggies if they helped grow and harvest them. The same goes for cooking. Get them involved in the process! Kids will be much more excited to eat a dish they helped prepare.

If your kids really resist veggies, you can add them to food in other ways. Puree some greens into tomato sauce or mash some cauliflower into your mashed potatoes.

I’d love to hear from parents out there! What are some healthy ways you encourage your kids to eat their greens?

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

5 Responses to Mott’s Invisible Vegetables Juices

  1. Scott says:

    I really think the best way to get kids to eat vegetables is to eat meals with your kids, and enjoy vegetables yourself. If they see you enjoying them, eventually they’ll join in. And on a related note, make them tasty! A plain steamed veggie is not liable to excite me, nor my toddler-aged daughter. But sauteed up with butter and salt, they’re delicious. She (sometimes) thinks so too.

    The thing all this veggie juice stuff misses is that a big part of veggies’ goodness is in the fiber, the roughage. Veggie juice just can’t capture that. Maybe a veggie smoothie could… but I don’t want to eat that, and my kid doesn’t probably want to either.

    • Amen to making them tasty!

      You can sneak some greens into a smoothie, but it does change the color. I’m a big green smoothie fan, but I’m not sure if it would be any easier to get a kid to drink one if they didn’t like greens.

  2. Heather Carr says:

    Interesting. How did they squeeze all the vitamin A out of the carrot juice? Also, it looks like the vitamin C was added, since neither apple juice nor carrot juice has that much C in it.

    My daughter eats the veggies she grows and the ones she cooks herself. She’ll eat chili with bell peppers in it if she cut up the peppers and added them herself. If I cut the peppers and cook them, she won’t eat the chili. Go figure. Whatever it takes, though.

  3. Gina says:

    Oh this is sad. Another marketing effort that will do nothing but confuse parents.

    We’re very fortunate that our kids love pretty much all veggies – or will at least eat those they don’t love. I’m not sure how much is nature vs nurture. I’ve loved vegetables all my life and have followed a vegan diet many times, while my husband will eat corn, potatoes and lettuce for veggies, and that’s it.

    When both our children were ready for food, we started with green veggies, then orange, then fruit. I believe that made a difference in their preferences but I surely have no scientific proof.

    We also have a good attitude about eating healthy foods. My kids have a wide range of favorites from Pad Thai to Curry to Gnocchi. They’re never forced to love anything, but they understand how important “growing” foods are.

    For those with children who resist veggies, I hope they keep trying, get creative and try some of your ideas. It’s not easy, but worth it!

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