Flavorful Fun with Cheff Jeff Mauro

Juicy Juice is teaming up with Food Network Star Jeff Mauro to help families discover a world of flavor with our 100% juice line, inspiring kids to expand their taste palates with original recipes like these!

Emmy-nominated Chef Jeff Mauro was born and raised in Chicago, where he was determined from an early age to become the funniest chef in the world. Today, Jeff is cohost of Food Network’s hit daytime show The Kitchen and the star of the network’s Sandwich King. He is the proud partner and executive chef of Pork & Mindy’s restaurants and retail line of sauces, meats and legendary Pig Candy, sharing his love for globally inspired dishes. He still lives in Chicago with his family.

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The more they cook, the more they’ll try.

A guaranteed way to get kids to try new things is by getting them involved. It can be as easy as cracking eggs, pouring juice for a sauce or grating cheese on taco night. For my son, Lorenzo, we let him help us “fire ingredients in a pan.” If we’re having rib eye steak for dinner, he loves to help flip it in the pan or sauté the veggies. Once kids help create a dish, they establish a deeper connection to the food and will most definitely want to try what they’ve created.

Aim a bit higher with flavor!

It’s all about simple swaps! Whether it’s snack time or mealtime, start introducing more robust flavors into dishes kids already love. Maybe it’s sharp cheddar or provolone instead of American cheese on their sandwich or always seasoning their meats and veggies – and it doesn’t only have to be salt and pepper. This not only gives their diet some diversity, but also slowly and organically introduces their palates to new and exciting flavors. And remember, just because they might not try it the first time, doesn’t mean they never will.

Be honest, don’t hide it!

It’s true – honesty is the best policy! A lot of kids don’t like their fruits and veggies, but I believe hiding spinach in brownies or other sweet treats can be deceptive and backfire on you. Instead, be direct and use food to teach kids about new flavors and cuisines. For example, Juicy Juice has 16 100% juice flavor varieties. Make mealtime educational, and ask, “Where do Kiwis come from?” or “What color is Salmon?” Describe not only the taste, but fun facts about fruits and other new foods to curious minds. Remember, as parents and guardians, we must continue exposing them to new foods and flavors. Diverse diets are healthy diets, after all!

Be a “Smoothie Operator”

Smoothies are a surefire way to get kids a well-balanced meal, especially for breakfast. Start with a base of ice in the blender-that’s what keeps it cold. Next, layer in your liquids, such as whole milk Greek yogurt, which provides the protein to keep kids feeling full. Then, you’ll pour in 100% Juicy Juice – that adds flavor and helps everything blend together. The fun part about making smoothies is that you can introduce kids to a ton of new flavors – mix and match or taste test a new one each week. Juicy Juice has 16 different varieties- including kid-favorites like Apple or unique flavor combinations like Orange Tangerine and Passion Dragonfruit. Last up, add some sliced banana for fruit and kale for greens and minerals. Blend, pour and go! Boom, your kid will leave the house totally fortified.