This Homemade Constipation Juice is the perfect natural constipation remedy for both toddlers and older kids alike - no juicer required! This juice is made in the blender with fresh pears, strawberries, prunes and a touch of honey and is so refreshing your kids will actually love to drink.
The other month, I did a round-up post of purees that help relieve baby's constipation. And then as fate would have it, the very next day my 3-year old got constipated.
And because I am just on the other side of diapering and potty training, I am completely over having to deal with my preschoolers daily bodily functions.
Does having to manage your kids bodily functions ever go away?
Fingers hard crossed for that one!
There is no doubt in my mind that her obsession with eating cheese for every meal of the day paired with the fact that she hates to drink water brought this bout of constipation on.
But constipation can happen to all kids regardless of their age or cheese consumption, and it can be painful, uncomfortable and embarrassing for them.
Instead of going straight for over-the-counter medicine that can be harmful to the little ones gut health, I opted for a fun juice that would provide a gentle and wholesome approach to relieve her constipation.
This juice is made with only 5 ingredients - pears, strawberries, prunes, honey and water.
Pears & Prunes - The pears and prunes are the hard workers in this juice and are the key players at getting things moving along down there. Both pears and prunes are loaded with two kinds of fiber to help relieve constipation. While you can just serve them straight to your kid, I know that my kiddo will not eat a prune, so putting it into juice form is the next best thing. Since we are wanting to get all that good fiber into the kids, I opted not to juice these ingredients with a juicer since juicing takes away almost all of the natural fiber in produce. I give several options for straining the juice but I found that by using a fine mesh strainer you get some of the thicker pulp (fiber) out of the juice but it leaves enough to do it's job. You can play around with what method works best for your family.
Strawberries - The strawberries are really in this juice for both taste and color. I found just the pear and prune juice a bit boring and it needed something to coax my preschooler to drink a couple of glasses of it. So I added in some bright and cheerful strawberries to the juice and my little one was sold! #momwin
Honey - The honey is there to sweeten things up because this juice is not as sweet as store bought juices. If you kid drinks juice on the regular, you are going to want to definitely add the full 2 tablespoons to this juice and you may need to add a little more if needed. I added 1 tablespoon to my juice and that seemed to be just enough sweetness for my kiddo. You can also leave it out completely if you want.
This recipe makes 4 servings of constipation juice, but it will probably take at least 2 servings, if not more for you to see any results. I also recommend continuing to serve the juice for a couple of days after the constipation has been taken care, just to make sure the issue has corrected itself and their digestion is fully back on track.
Homemade Constipation Juice for Toddlers + Kids
1 ripe pear, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
5-6 strawberries, frozen or fresh
1-2 tablespoons honey, optional
4 cups water
1. In a small bowl, place the prune and cover with hot water. Let sit for 10 minutes.
2. In a blender, add in the pear, strawberries, prune, honey (if using) and 4 cups of water and blend on high for 2-3 minutes.
3. You can serve as is, but it might be a little pulpy for some kids. I like to strain the juice first. You can do this by placing a fine mesh colander over a bowl and pouring the juice through the colander, straining any excess pulp before serving. Or you can use a nut bag by placing the nut bag over a bowl, pouring the juice into the nut bag and then while holding the nut bag over the bowl, letting the liquid drip out of the nut bag before serving. The nut bag gives the thinest consistency (what you would normally think of as juice) while not straining it at all gives the thickest consistency. I have served the juice all 3 ways and my 3 year old drank them all down equally.
Prunes: if you don't normally have prunes on hand and you don't want to buy an entire bag of dried prunes, I have found that they are usually sold in the bulk section of any health food store.
Age: 9 months and up (for kids under 1 year, omit the honey)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Blend Time: 2 minutes
Yield: 4 servings. I found that at least 2 servings were need to be consumed to get things going down there. But you may have to continue serving the juice for several days to get things completely back on track.
Storage: store in the fridge for up to 3 days. The juice will separate over time, but you can just stir to reincorporate it back together.