Juicing - Get the Kids Involved and Explore the Healing Powers of Raw Vegetables and Fruits

10:57 AM Posted by jo

Inviting your children to take part in making healthy food or drinks,  increases the chance that they will eat or drink it. The benefits of fresh juices made of vegetables  are enormous. They provide vitamins, minerals and enzymes missing in pasturized store bought juices. We made a very simple but nutritious juice yesterday, but you can add many things to enhance the flavor and the taste of your juice.

Paola and Alex love to go outside first thing in the morning to play before it gets hot. After getting all dirty and hot, they were all eager to help making a nutritious juice. (They washed their hands first but, you can tell they were out digging.)

We used carrots, celery and Swiss chard for the juice. It has a great ratio of potassium and sodium, and it is a high fiber drink.
Swiss chard is high in B12 and Vitamins A, C, E and K, riboflavin and B6, as well as minerals such as copper, iron, magnesium and zinc.
Celery is a great source of the vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C, and potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, and sodium. (Health benefits of celery.)
Carrots are high in beta-carotenes,  it is also a source of vitamine B3 and C, potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, sodium, sulphur, chlorine and traces of iodine. (Health benefits of carrots)

You can of course add things like algae, whey protein isolate, coconut, omega 3 essential fatty acids or other things to your juices. 

We used about 4 stalks of celery.

About 7 carrots.

Paola and Alex really enjoyed stuffing the juicer.

We got quite a lot of juice out of 7 carrots, 4 stalks of celery and 2 leaves of Swiss chard. When my husband makes it for himself he adds more Swiss chard.

Enough so that our picky eater could try, and since he made it himself, he actually liked it.

Paola is our health nut, and even though she would drink anything that is good for her, she is extremely proud of things she makes herself. She loves  to learn about health and healthy stuff.

This post is linked to:
The Mommy ClubMake your own - Monday Link-UpReal Food 101 Monday Mania Frugal Days, Sustainable WaysEco-Kids Tuesday
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Technorati
  • Facebook
  • TwitThis
  • MySpace
  • LinkedIn
  • Live
  • Google
  • Reddit
  • Sphinn
  • Propeller
  • Slashdot
  • Netvibes