Juices

Making fresh homemade juices for your family (and including them) can be a great way to get your children involved in food preparation, and a super start to any day.  Choose local and seasonal produce where possible (to ensure the best taste and quality of your fruits and vegetables), taking a look at the table below to see if organic is recommended.

 

Juicing takes place in an electric juicer, extracting the fruits and vegetables nutrients (vitamins and minerals) and leaving the pulp behind.  If any of your family have an aversion to textures strain the juice before serving. The ideal juice will be one that contains more vegetables than fruits, don't be put off by this as many popular juices mix just the right amount of sweetness to give an overall very pleasing taste (even to little mouths ;-)

Where possible choose fruits and vegetables according to when they are locally in season, meaning that if you reside in the UK fresh strawberries, for example, will not be available until the Summer months.  Fruit and vegetables that grow according to their natural climate will provide you with many more health benefits than produce that has been stored and preserved and travelled from thousands of miles away.  Spring and Summer produce like cucumbers and berries (to name a few) contain high levels of water, purposely made for us to eat during the warmer months to help maintain hydration.  Winter veggies like the more hearty sweet potatoes and squashes give us more sustenance promoting warmth.  According to the EWG (Environmental Working Group) the list of Dirty 12 are the fruits and veggies most contaminated and where possible should only be consumed if organic.  Buying locally and seasonally will significantly reduce the cost of buying organic where it is abundant and available.  The Clean 15 is a list fruits and veggies with the least threat to contamination, therefore buying organic is not necessary. 

Nutrient dense - Immune boosting - Hydrating -Appetising - Yummy

Morning Green Juice

Zinger Juice

Drinking green juice really gives the body a complete boost in the morning . This child friendly version is sweet enough for all the family to enjoy.  Another staple in my home that my children love, and in the homes of so many others

Ingredients - For a family of 4 (adjust accordingly)

5 pink apples, 2 stalks celery, 1/2 large cucumber, handful of red grapes, 1 lemon, 1 inch ginger and handful of spinach (optional according to taste)

How to make - In an electric juicer

Wash produce thoroughly, cut up according to your juicers capacity, juice everything.  Pour juice through siv (children like the smoother texture), drink and enjoy!  I call this green juice 'hulk juice' my little Z loves that:-)

This refreshingly sweet fruit and vegetable juice is the perfect starter juice and can be made for any time of the day.  My children have been having this since they were one years old, and friends and clients tell me their own families has taken to it really well.  

Ingredients - For a family of 4 (adjust accordingly)

5 pink apples (required for taste and flavour), 5 carrots, 1 lemon, 1 inch piece of ginger and 1 inch piece of fresh turmeric 

To make - In an electric juicer

Wash produce thoroughly, cut up according to your juicers capacity, juice everything.  Pour juice through siv (children like the smoother texture), drink this blend of fruit and veggies and enjoy!

Raring to Go Juice

This juice which includes the beautiful beetroot will truly give you and your family the energy to work, learn, rest and play.  Beetroot, proven to increase endurance, lower blood pressure and if not liked on its own, in juice becomes sweet and enjoyable. 

Ingredients - For a family of 5 (adjust accordingly)

1/2 a whole pineapple, 1 small beetroot (or 1/2 a large one), 2 carrots, 2 pink apples, 1 lemon, 1 inch of ginger and handful of kale (optional)

To make - In an electric juicer

Wash produce thoroughly, cup up according to your juicers capacity, juice everything.  Pour juice through the siv if required, marvel at the bright red colour, drink and enjoy!

 

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