Monthly Archives: September 2015

3 Easy Vegetable Juice Recipes

Vegetable Juice RecipesWhether you’re just beginning with juicing or you simply want an easy recipe that will provide you with the nutrition and taste that you’re craving, it’s important to have a few on hand that don’t take a lot of ingredients or preparation.

Here are just three great recipes I love when I’m looking for something to drink right now.

Sweet Minty Green

1 green apple
1 lemon
4 celery stalks
2 medium-large carrots
6-10 stems parsley
6-8 stems mint leaves

There are a lot of fantastic benefits that come with this recipe. For one, if you use a green apple and carrots you’ll get plenty of sweetness without a whole lot of actual sugar, so it’s good for people on low sugar diets. The parsley is also great at contributing to the regulation of blood sugar. If you’re not worried about sugar, use a different apple. The celery gives the drink a nice texture, the lemon makes the flavours pop, and the mint is just a nice little addition to the whole thing.

What I think I like best about this drink, though, is that it is remarkably filling. A glass of it can keep me going for two or three hours without feeling hungry and gives me plenty of energy to work with, another result of the parsley. It’s my favorite to drink just before working out.

Power Booster

6-7 cups of baby spinach
1 lemon, unpeeled
2 Macintosh (or other sweet) apples
1/3 of an Italian cucumber
Several Romaine lettuce leaves
About a knuckle of ginger
2-3 cloves garlic (optional)

This drink is absolutely packed with great ingredients that will do a fantastic job of giving you energy and getting your muscles working at their peak physical capabilities. The spinach provides you with so many of the nutrients that you need in order to function during the day and the apples give it a sweetness that makes drinking this juice a treat.

The ginger and the garlic are the really surprising parts, however. You get a nice little kick if you decide to use both that will wake you right up.

Green Cooler

8 large kale leaves
1.5-2 cups spinach
12 strawberries
1 lime, unpeeled
2 green apples
6-8 stems mint leaves
1 knuckle ginger (optional)

Perfect for a hot summer day, this drink is nice and refreshing. The kale and spinach give you the nutritional punch that you need and the strawberries are a unique flavor that really shines through, especially when served chilled.

 

Home made Juice for Babies?

Home made JuiceWhen my littlest one was young, I wanted very much to start her on good juice early. I thought this would be fantastic for her. So natural! So healthy!

When I did some research, I found out I was right to an extent, but still befuddled by catch phrases so that I didn’t think things through. Fortunately, I found out how best to handle juicing for babies before she was born, so I was able to do things the right way. Here’s some of what I learned that hopefully you can apply to your child.

What Not to Do

Let’s start here since it’s the more important part. Juices, both fruit and vegetable based, can be harsh on a system that isn’t used to them. That’s one of the reasons why juice can be excellent for a child, but not in the first six months. At that point, their digestive system isn’t developed enough to handle the ingredients that are in juices, or really much of anything.

Another thing that you shouldn’t do is start feeding them harsh juices early in their lives. Juice can be tough to digest even when the system is capable of doing so. You want to keep an eye on your child as you’re introducing them to juice, start them at a little bit at a time, and look for signs of distress. If your child is getting sick, has diarrhea, or gets very bad gas after ingesting juice, you should stop feeding it to them and take them to the doctor if symptoms continue.

Finally, don’t let your baby fall asleep with a bottle of juice in their mouths. If they are drinking a fruit juice, the sugars can promote tooth decay early in life. This isn’t to say that if they nod off while drinking you’ll be paying for dentist bills forever, but try to not let them go all night with a mouth full of apple juice very often.

What You Should Do

If you’re introducing your child to juice as an infant, there are ways to go about it that will help them not only accept the juice more easily and digest it, but will also give them a taste for fresh juice and start a lifetime of healthy habits.

The first thing you should do when you’re introducing your child to juice is to water down both fruit and vegetable juices in a ratio of one part juice to one part water. They are still getting used to processing foods that aren’t milk or formula, so this will help them acclimate to more complex consumables.

There are some people who will argue to avoid fruit juices at first due to the sugar, but the watering down process will take care of that while still allowing your baby to enjoy the slight sweetness that comes from reduced sugar amounts. As with most things, moderation is the best way to go.

Finally, check and see what parts of them are developing during certain phases of their lives and get them juices that will help them do that. Are they building bone at this point? Grapefruit is a good addition to help with that. Carrot juices assist with circulation which can help nutrients get where they need to be in those little bodies.

Children who grow up drinking juice are a lot more likely to have healthy eating habits later in life. While you should be careful about what you give them and don’t think that just because it’s “natural” it’s good, you will set up your children for good health their whole lives