In order for children to grow up healthy and strong, they have to get proper nutrition. However, as any parent knows, it’s not always easy to get your kid to eat right, especially when it comes to consuming fresh fruit and vegetables. That being said, there is a solution that can help: juice!
Kids love juice and if you make it yourself you can control what goes into it and change up the recipe to suit their tastes. But these are only some of the many benefits of juicing for children.
It’s almost cliche to suggest that kids don’t like eating vegetables. Whether it’s the texture, the color, or just because they heard someplace that they weren’t supposed to like them, far too many children hate the very idea. Unfortunately, it’s those very items that provide them with the nutrients to build strong bones, develop healthy eyesight, improve their immune system, and a host of other things that happen as a body is developing.
While they may get over the vegetable issue as they grow into teenagers, then there’s the time issue to consider. Getting teens to stay put long enough to eat three full meals is almost impossible. Most parents are happy with just one. So how can you be sure that they’re getting the vitamins and minerals they need to get through puberty, handle growth spurts, and have enough energy to do everything they need to in a day?
In both cases,the answer is “juice!”
Young children usually love juices of various types because of the sweetness. If you make it yourself, you can be sure that it’s not only naturally sweet but also contains a number of other ingredients that your kids won’t necessarily taste, but can provide them the nutrition they need to grow up healthy.
For teens, keeping fresh, healthy juice in the house means that you can be confident that they are drinking the kinds of things they need to help their body meet its potential and make sure they’re awake in class, able to do those extracurriculars, and get good sleep at night.
Because of the nature of juicing, getting your kids involved is a lot easier than with other types of food preparation and can help you bond with you children. More and more parents are realizing the social benefits of cooking with their children especially from a young age. It helps them learn to follow directions, makes them feel like active participants in their own eating, and of course teaches them how to cook.
Juicing can have the same effect, but with fewer hot stovetops for little hands. Instead they can help put the ingredients in the juicer, prepare the container for the juice, choose what goes into the mixture, and even peel vegetables with a safety peeler.
A Healthy Respect for Health
More than anything, juicing for children helps them learn early in life to prefer fresh, homemade, healthy options to pre-packaged foods. Showing them how the juicer works, what goes into making juice, and how easy it is to make healthy choices if you’re willing to put in a bit of effort teaches kids that convenience doesn’t have to mean eating horribly. Instead, it can mean planning for something that not only tastes better, but is better for you.
Instilling a respect for healthy lifestyle choices early in a child’s development means that they will be much more likely to live healthy lifestyles as they grow older, contributing to longer, happier lives.
Get Your Kids Juicing Today
It doesn’t take much to start juicing. Not only can you get started immediately for your child’s health, you can make them active participants in the process. Let them help you choose the juicer, discuss the pros and cons, look through recipes together, and try to figure out what kind of drinks you want to make.
Not only is juicing a healthy thing to do for children of all ages, but it also is a good way to teach about health, the human development cycle, why we need certain nutrients, and innumerable other lessons that will inspire their curiosity while building their bodies.