Juicing and Child Nutrition

They won't even care that it's good for them...

Every food in the world comes under some criticism sometime - with the exception of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and veggies nourish every cell in the body, help prevent disease, flush the system of waste, and contain almost every vitamin and mineral needed to maintain optimal health. They are all-natural and cruelty-free. Nobody can deny their almost complete healthfulness. 

Juicing for kids is a great way to get this nutrition into their developing bodies. It’s good for them, and most kids LOVE IT. Recipes can be made to their liking and they won't even care that it's good for them. Juice is just as good for children as adults, though it should be taken in moderation – some of the fruitier kinds may contain substantial natural sugar. However, it’s true that a lot of people worry about the sugar content of juice while not questioning the hidden synthetic sugars found in processed foods.

Fresh juice is one of the purest things you can give your child. Both fruit and vegetable juices can be a winner. Having a daily regimen of even just one cup is a great way to supplement meals, and ensure your child is getting the full spectrum of vitamins and nutrition.

Strong juices like spinach, watercress, kale, parsley and beets are very good for children. In fact, these are strong juices for adults – so just like with beginning adult juicers, you may need to build their way up to a full glass. Add a few leaves of spinach or broccoli stalks and hide it with apple or another sweet fruit. While these juices have a strong effect on the body's cleansing systems they provide great nourishment.

Giving freshly juiced apple or orange juice when recovering and/or during a cold or flu is a great idea to get nourishment into their bodies. Solid food can slow the recovery process. Red rooibos tea is also a good idea, for its vitamin and mineral content that aid digestion.

Babies under two years old don’t need to drink juice, especially if they’re being breastfed. Breast milk is so perfectly nourishing that they don’t need the nutrition from juice. 

Childhood is an important time as all mental and physical development begins here. Parents must take utmost care to provide their children with all the necessary elements responsible for a healthy mind and body. However, children are fussy eaters and generally do not like to consume vegetables and fruits which are a source of vitamin and minerals. It can be a difficult task for parents to provide their child the nutriment required for healthy growth. It’s often advised by doctors and nutritionists that children be fed vegetables and fruits in juice form. Juice has all the same nutrition and is a favorite among kids.

It’s not a bad idea to dilute the juice for kids. Pre-packaged juices in tetrapacks are not advisable, as these often contain a lot of sugar and additives. 1 or 2 glasses of juice a day is a healthy dosage. Always be sure to include solid foods such as grains and solid vegetables into your child’s diet, as well as your own for a balanced body and mind.



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