JUICING FOR HEALTH
September 24, 2010 on 3:41 pm
One of the reasons we find it challenging to change our diet is that it is exactly that, CHANGE, and most of us really don’t like to do things differently. One way to make life easier (as well as healthier) for your children is to get them started off the right way, to make fresh fruit, and other raw foods generally a habit right from the start, and this really begins with juices made with a fruit and vegetable juicer.
When a baby is born it needs milk and nothing else for around six months. Many women give their babies water in addition to milk, and in recent times there has been a trend towards fruit juice. If you want to give your child fruit juice at an early age, two things are very important.
The first is that the juice should be extremely watered down (with filtered water) as natural fruit juices are far too strong for a baby’s stomach.
The second is that, if the juice was purchased, you must check the label. When you do, you may well be shocked at the small amount of nutrition in the juice. Avoid anything with extra sweetener. Yes, your baby will probably enjoy the sweetness, but the development of a sweet tooth is something you really want to avoid.
If you baby doesn’t like watered down natural juice, don’t give them juice at all. Small babies really don’t need it.
As your child grows, introduce them to a juice mixture, and not from the sweetened variety, but made with good quality fruit juicer, such as an Omega 4000 juicer or the Acme 6001 juicer. You can create a wide variety of mixtures with a fruit and vegetable juicer. (Some tasty recipes below). The addition of some sparkling water makes a very refreshing drink and you can reduce the proportion of sparkling water as the child grows, or not. Many adults enjoy the combination.
In doing this you have three objectives:
Research shows that children who are accustomed to fresh fruits juices find many shop bought juices, desserts and snacks too sweet. This one difference in diet can go a long way to prevent obesity and diabetes in later life.
In April 2010 new research showed that children and teens who drink 100% freshly made fruit juice have higher intakes of key nutrients compared to non – consumers. The researchers reported that a higher proportion of non fruit juice consumers 2 – 18 years of age failed to meet the recommended levels for several key nutrients, including vitamins A, C and folate compared to those who drank fruit juice. Lead researcher Dr Carol O’Neil said ’100% fruit juice plays an important role in the diets of children and teens supplying important nutrients during a key period of growth and should be encouraged as part of an overall balanced diet’.
If diluted fruit juice is on the table for both you and your child from day one, it’s likely to be some time before resistance sets in, but at some point there will be some resistance, and there are a number of ways to deal with it.
If your child is one who always wants to do the opposite to what you tell them to (and many go through that phase) make yourself freshly made juices but keep it to something simple like apple and carrot so that it has a nice sweet taste. Always make time to sit down together and drink it leisurely and when you are asked what it is say, ‘ This is a very special drink, I’m sure you wouldn’t like it’, keep this up until one day you make an excuse to leave your drink on the table near the child, 10 – 1 they will have had a sip while you’ve been gone. Eventually if they liked it they will ask if they can have one too and then you both can have fun.
Another thing you can do is buy yourself a special cup, mug or glass exclusively for your juice, choose one that is in the colors or a pattern that you know your child will like and that you could buy another in the same set. Don’t drink anything else out of it and when you are eventually asked ‘Can I have one like that’ you say, ‘ This is a very special mug/glass and only for drinking this special drink out of but if you ever have one of these drinks I’ll buy a special one for you too’. See what happens.
It’s sad but true that it’s a bad idea to tell any child that they ‘have’ to drink the juice or that it’s good for them. There seems to be no faster way to put them off!
Children love to be involved in what you’re doing, so let them choose the fruit and vegetables in the store, and let them help you wash them when you get home. Kids love playing in water and if they are doing something useful all the better. You can also let them feed the fruit into your fruit juicer which could become a juice ‘monster’ with a funny name) and make the diluted juice a very special reward for all their hard work.
*Some fruits do much better in a fruit and vegetable juicer than others. Apples, watermelon, pears and citrus fruits do well, while bananas, strawberries, blueberries, stone fruit (peaches, nectarines) tomatoes etc. do better in a blender.
Here are a few recipes to enjoy with your child.
YOU ARE A PEACH
Take the stones from the peaches. And juice all ingredients together in your juicer.
YUMMY APPLE JUICE
2 Sweet Apples
4 Large Carrots
1 Red Bell Pepper
Remove seeds from pepper if your juicer can’t cope with them. Cut in half. Juice the apples and carrots followed by the pepper.
1/2 cup Raspberries
Peel the orange and cut into quarters, pit the nectarine and juice all together.
SPARKLY FRUIT JUICE
Sparkling mineral water
Peel the mango, orange and kiwi, juice them. Pour into glass and top up with sparkling mineral water.
Puberty is a difficult time when children need good nutrition to help them grow and to even out those hormonal changes. By getting your child into a fruit and veggie ‘habit’ at an early age, you provide a good foundation for every aspect of their lives and increase the probability that they’ll continue eating a healthy diet into adulthood. Together you can look forward to introducing fresh juices made in your juicer to your grandchildren.
June 9, 2010 on 11:41 pm
What do beef jerky and fruit roll ups have in common? One thing, of course, is that they are both dehydrated food products that have a long shelf lives and are very easy and convenient to store at home and take with you on the go.
But they also share another thing in common – you can make them both at home yourself with a Excalibur food dehydrator. In fact, you can use a home food dehydrator to make a number of different snacks and healthy foods.
So how do food dehydrator’s work? You might be wondering why a person might need a food dehydrator in the first place. Can’t you simply leave the food on the counter to dry? Though the process of dehydrating food is relatively straightforward, simply leaving it out to dry won’t work.
Food dehydration involves taking anything later wore thin slices of the food to be tried, and placing it in a dry environment that is warm enough to keep bacteria from growing, but not so warm as to cook the food. It is also essential that the moisture coming off the food surface has somewhere to go.
This is why you usually can’t simply use your oven for food dehydration — even with the door of an door slightly ajar, it’s difficult for the food to dry properly. Not to mention the fact that dehydrating food is sometimes a lengthy process, and you probably don’t want to tie up your oven for so long. In fact, sometimes dehydrating a batch of fruit can take 20 hours or more.
A benefits to you and your family are clear. Rather than always smacking on processed and potentially unhealthy foods, you can eat the jerky or tried fruits and vegetables that you made yourself. Using dehydrated vegetables by adding them to your soups and stews can be a great way to increase the number of vitamin-rich foods in your diet.
Also, using a Excalibur food dehydrator is a great way to take advantage of sales at your grocery store for seasonal produce. Whenever there’s a great sale on your favorite type of apple, you can buy any few pounds (or more) and make a large batch of dehydrated apple snacks. This way you’ll be able to enjoy them long after the apples have gone out of season.
Storing dehydrated fruit and vegetables is easy. Simply place them in an airtight container, and they should last on your shelf for many months (or more).
Finally, if you have kids, a food dehydrator can be another great way to get them more and interested in the food they eat. Studies have shown that the more kids understand about their food, and the more they are involved in preparing, the more likely they are to make healthy food choices into their adult years.
May 1, 2010 on 10:18 pm
Many people like the idea of living a vegetarian lifestyle because of their values and personal beliefs, but once they decide to give it a try they find it doesn’t blend well with their personality or other aspects of their lifestyle.
For others cutting out meat is a pleasant and simple experience, but for those who aren’t as lucky it takes extreme dedication to make it work.
The following questions will help you analyze your own personality in reference to the vegetarian lifestyle.
If you find that it doesn’t suit you on some level, remember this isn’t an all-or-nothing lifestyle. You can still eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains the majority of the time while having some meat on occasion.
Remember, vegetarians don’t always cut out eggs and dairy products either, so there is a lot of wiggle room to find a vegetarian plan that fits your life and personality.
1. Are you concerned with the welfare of animals typically consumed as food?
This is one of the biggest reasons most vegetarians go vegetarian. They don’t believe that animals consumed as food are treated humanely prior to being consumed or they simply don’t like the idea of eating a dead animal in any circumstance. The refusal to eat meat can feel like taking a stand or following your values in this case.
If this really is not a concern for you, then there has to be some other major motivating force to help you adopt a vegetarian lifestyle. If there is no real reason you chose to go vegetarian, it will feel more like a diet and you aren’t as likely to stick with it long term. That is probably why the majority of true vegetarians you meet follow the lifestyle out of personal beliefs and care for animals.
2. Are you concerned with the negative effects animal products could be having on your health?
This would probably be the second biggest reason many people stick to a vegetarian lifestyle. The foods consumed on this type of diet are a lot healthier for your heart and other organs of the body. A vegetarian diet balanced with whole grains and a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables will drastically cut down on the amount of saturated fats that you consume.
Dr. Dean Ornish is well known for his vegetarian diet plans that advocate heart health and even reversing heart disease with fresh foods. His more recent book, The Spectrum, does allow some meat if you choose, but he really advocates protecting your heart through vegetarianism.
3. Do you need to lose weight, but don’t want to go on yet another diet?
Many people decide they need to lose weight but don’t want to cycle through another failed diet, so they reason that they can just cut out meat and their diet will be healthier and lower in calories. You can’t approach vegetarianism in this way!
There are overweight and even obese vegetarians out there. They are overweight because they eat a lot of processed, high fat meatless foods. Unless you are a vegan and watch for animal byproducts, potato chips and cake can be considered vegetarian!
If your goal is to lose weight, a well balanced vegetarian diet will help. You just have to make sure it is well balanced just as you would on any other diet plan.
Remember, if you strike out at one of these three points, there is a way to work a vegetarian lifestyle into the life you currently live.
March 13, 2010 on 10:29 pm
Do you get bored eating the same salads all the time? Salads are a great way to fill up and pump up your energy without packing tons of calories into your diet, but if you don’t spice it up you will get bored and head for the burgers and fries.
One way to spice up a salad is to sprout your own seeds at home with the EasyGreen Sprouter. It is incredibly easy to do this and you can toss the sprouts into your salads or even put them on sandwiches for something different.
Since sprouts are packed with vitamins and minerals your body needs and are very low calorie, they will infuse your snacks and meals with flavor and consistency without ruining your diet!
A simple sprouting machine such as the EasyGreen Sprouter is all you need to sprout seeds at home.
We have the EasyGreen sprouter in our store.
The EasyGreen Automatic Sprouter System:
February 13, 2010 on 12:18 am
So you’ve been using your new juicer juicing vegetables, and just as advertised, you’re feeling better: you have more energy, your skin looks healthier, and you sleep better. Congratulations, the universe has changed for you.
How about the next step, make your own flaxseed crackers and never grow old! Did you know that flaxseeds (known throughout the universe as Superseed) provide essential omega 3 fatty acids that help the body fight inflammation that causes asthma, arthritis, and migraines. Furthermore, flaxseeds contain huge amounts of lignans that help the body’s immune system fight breast cancer in post-menopausal women.
At the Raw Divas blog, Maureen Lauder offers a 5 step recipe for flaxseed crackers that sounds delicious. Try it out. Even though I’m a garlic lover, I’m not sure that garlic goes with banana. What do you think?
Enjoy and never fear the Superseed is here!
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