J = Juice Up
Involve your Kids into getting more fruits and vegetables.
Nearly every doctor, nutritionist or eating plan will recommend getting six to eight servings of fruits and vegetables a day for optimum health. Sometimes it can be tough to eat that much produce in your daily diet. Getting your kids to eat enough fruits and vegetables every day can be even more challenging, especially if they’re picky eaters! Using a juicer is a simple and delicious way to make sure you and your kids are getting all the nutrients they need from fruits and vegetables every day. Juicing lets you consume larger amounts of fruits and vegetables in smaller, fresher servings, and you won’t lose any of the important nutrients like you would with cooking or steaming. Juicing concentrates all of the power of the produce in a super-digestible form, so all the fresh-squeezed goodness is immediately used by your body. Kids love it, especially if you involve them in inventing and making juicy concoctions!
Your body absorbs a higher concentration of nutrients and enzymes from juices because part of the digestive process is bypassed.
- Start with fruits and vegetables they enjoy non-juiced. While juicing can be a good way to add a variety of fruits and vegetables to your child’s diet, experimenting with new flavors too soon can turn them off juicing. Get everyone used to juicing using family favorites like apples, pears or watermelon.
- Use natural ingredients to improve the taste. You might be tempted to sweeten your juices with sugar, honey or other products, but it’s better for your child’s health to stick with fruits and vegetables. Try adding berries, lemons, limes, cashews, almonds, pineapple or cucumber to your juicer for a new taste and added nutrients. Carrots and pears are great juice sweeteners. If you like a little kick in your foods, add a tiny bit of ginger or cinnamon to the mix.
- Drink your juice right away. Fresh fruits and vegetables that have been juiced are very perishable, so it’s important that you make sure the juice is finished or stored properly immediately after juicing. This means no sending it to school in an unrefrigerated lunchbox! Instead, serve for breakfast or as an after-school pick-me-up.
- Add plenty of green to your juices. One important benefit of juicing for kids is the opportunity to introduce foods they might normally resist eating. Make sure they’re getting plenty of dark green, leafy vegetables in their diet by adding things like lettuce, grasses, spinach, kale, parsley, chard, and broccoli to juices.
- Get your kids involved in the process. A picky eater is more likely to try a new food if they’ve helped pick out and prepare the ingredients. Bring them to the grocery store and make a game of finding something fun to try in the juicer, and let them name your creations.