Children Love Fresh Juice and Smoothies
We as parents can no longer ignore the problems associated with giving our children so many sugary sodas and drinks. Hyperactivity, tooth decay and obesity are just a few of the terrible results. Let’s take better care of our children with fresh juices and smoothies that are so delicious that they’ll prefer them to sugary drinks!
Fresh or Bottled
If you want to give your child the best, know this fact, fresh juiced fruits and vegetables will give your child nutrients found nowhere else – not in any bottled juice, even the best organic brands, not in any cooked food, even your best homemade recipe, and not in any vitamin or mineral supplement, even the most expensive all-natural brands! Surprising but true.
The special nutrients found nowhere else are enzymes and phytonutrients. What’s so special about these nutrients?
These are responsible for all the proper functioning of every organ in the body. We need enzymes not only to eat and digest food, but also to see, hear, smell, taste, breathe, move and think. Enzymes are critical. And only raw, juiced and blended food contains them.
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These are only found in plants. They are all the nutrients left over when you take away vitamins and minerals, and there are hundreds in every plant. They turn out to have incredible disease-fighting powers. We are just beginning to identify them. You can buy a pill form of several known phytonutrients, but to get the hundreds more we haven’t discovered yet, the only place you’ll find them is in fresh fruits and veggies.
This may be the most incredible benefit of all! Nutritional synergy is an astonishing property of certain nutrients that when mixed together deliver more benefits than each one alone. There are many known examples such as vitamins C and E, and beta-carotene and zinc. Synergy suggests that if you eat or drink the whole fruit, scores of benefits arise that we have yet to uncover, and all of them are good for our health.
The trick is to give your child the tastiest juiced or smoothie so he or she will come back for more! The sweetest vegetable is the carrot. Peel the skin and it’s even sweeter. Other favorites are apples, oranges, grapes, cherries and watermelon. Purchase organic brands. They cost a bit more, but they insure that the produce is free of pesticides and inorganic fertilizers.
Required Fruits & Veggies
Just one glass (2 cups or more) of a fresh juice or smoothie is a convenient way to insure that your child receives the recommended 3-5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day – the “minimum daily requirement” or “MDR”, as established by nutritional science. With fresh juice you can finally stop worrying about your child eating enough fruits and vegetables.
Fresh juice or a smoothie gives your child so many nutrient benefits including a boost in their immune system by as much as 70%. That means fewer illnesses, and no need for expensive vitamin and mineral supplements.
Raw or Juice
“But my child eats raw carrots and fruit – isn’t that as good, if not better, than a juice or smoothie?” This is a great question, and you will be amazed by the answer! When your child eats a raw carrot, they absorb about 1% of the available beta-carotene, but when your child drinks a fresh juiced carrot, they get 100% of the beta-carotene! This is because our digestive system does not fully break down the raw form of most fruits and vegetables. The juicing process extracts juice from indigestible fiber leaving liquid that is more quickly and completely absorb-able. Thus fresh homemade juice is the best food we can possibly eat – and give to our children!