Juicing has many health benefits and is an easy way to get your kids nutrients that they would not get otherwise. The tips that are provided below will help guide you toward fun and interesting ways to make delicious juice drinks that you and your family are sure to love.
Reuse the pulp from your vegetable juices to cut down on waste. You can use vegetable pulp as a base for soups and stews, to add flavor and texture. In addition, the pulp can be used as the base for a compost, which you can then use in your garden to grow even more fresh vegetables.
Getting kids to get the vitamins that are in vegetables, is not as difficult if you juice. Juicing has come a long way in a very short amount of time. You can juice many fruits and vegetables together to create a delicious juice cocktail that your kids will surely enjoy. You will enjoy it, too, because you know they are getting the vitamins and minerals that they need, so they will be strong and healthy.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on fresh juicing produce as long as you shop in season. Berries are great in the summer, but will cost you an arm and a leg to buy in the winter, so skip them until the prices drop again. Apples last all winter, so feel free to buy a few bushels and keep them in the garage.
If you can’t afford to juice with organic fruit and vegetables, don’t worry about it. It’s nice to have pesticide-free items, but you can only work with what you have available. Wash your produce in a mixture of 8 cups of water with 3 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide and 3 tablespoons of baking soda to get all the nasty stuff off. Rinse your produce well before using.
Ask your friends and family if they’d like to go in on purchases in bulk at local farms with you so you can buy more and get larger discounts. Apple farms, for example, will sell you bushel after bushel for decreasing costs per pound. Take a few cars up, load the back with apples, and share with everyone! They don’t have to be juicers to enjoy fresh produce.
Some items just aren’t made for the juicer, especially if they’re soft and mushy. For example, you’ll never be able to make a juice that is mostly banana, but you CAN put a half of a banana in a juice made with other firmer produce. Peaches tend to give the same result.
There are a million-and-one recipes of items to include in your juicer. You can try a combination like apple with carrot and ginger, or celery and pear. My favorites are apple with lemon and pear, apple with cinnamon and honey, and, my daughter’s favorite, banana with mango and orange. Try new ideas to find your own favorites!
Getting kids to eat their vegetables is never easy. Juicing the vegetables with fruits is a great way to get kids to ingest the vitamins and minerals that they need, without having to fight with them about the taste. The tips that have been provided are easy to follow and can make a real difference in the way your family eats.