November 24, 2015
Category: Healthy Eats & Drinks
Winter is on the horizon and – let’s face it – so are the seasonally adjusted cravings. As the sun sets earlier, what rises up is a hankering for mac-n-cheese, pizza, pasta, potatoes, and all things beige. But a colorful food palette shouldn’t fall off with the last of the leaves.
Juicing at home is an enticing and colorful way to help your children get a daily dose via fruits and veggies of micronutrients such as vitamin A (carrots), iron (spinach), vitamin C (apples). Green, red, blue, and yellow juices are hard to resist. Fresh juices pack a micronutrient punch, contain healthy digestive enzymes, and, when taken in the context of a healthy, balanced diet can add important value. Juicing does not take the place of eating whole fruits and vegetables.
Carrot Spinach Apple Juice
This recipe yields a sweet green juice that’s high in Vitamins K and A to promote strength, vitality, and a healthy immune system.
1 handful of spinach
1/2 handful of parsley
¼ lemon, peeled
1. Wash all ingredients as you would for normal vegetable consumption.
2. Rinse all ingredients very well.
3. Remove apple seeds and juice all ingredients, as directed by your juicer.
In general, I recommend the following guidelines for freshly made vegetable and fruit juices. Fresh juicing is not recommended for children under 3 years of age. For children, ages 3 to 7 years, limit juice to 4 oz to 6 oz of fresh juice daily. Older children, ages 8 and up, should limit their intake of fresh juice to 8 oz daily.
A couple of cautions: Use high-oxalate greens, such as kale and spinach, sparingly; they can over-tax young kidneys and tummies. While sugars in fruits are “natural,” too much of a good thing is simply too much. Use fruit judiciously and sparingly. Too much naturally occurring sugars can lead to diarrhea, abdominal pain, and other gastrointestinal problems.
Enjoy adding so much color to the pale of winter!