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JUICING FOR HEALTH



 

September 24, 2010 on 3:41 pm
Autumn Red peach.
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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:

  1. To give them the many nutrients available in fresh juices.
  2. To instill the habit of drinking fresh juice.
  3. To get them used to the taste of real juice without extra sweeteners.

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

2 Peaches

1 Pear

1 Apple

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.

RASPBERRY NECTARINE

1 Orange

1/2 cup Raspberries

1 Nectarine

Peel the orange and cut into quarters, pit the nectarine and juice all together.

SPARKLY FRUIT JUICE

1/2 Mango

1 Orange

1 Kiwi

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.

September 6, 2010 on 1:09 am
Healthy Red Tomatoes with Water Drops
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The Federal government has released a lot of information over the past several years about the link between eating fruits and vegetables and the reduced risk of developing coronary heart disease, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

One such study released by the U.S. National Institutes of Health has released 2009 determined that consuming five servings of fruits or vegetables every day lowers your risk of developing cardiovascular disease by 12%.

Of course, the easiest way to get those five or more fruits and vegetables a day is to start juicing!

There is also a growing movement of cancer patients who are using juicing as an alternative therapy for their disease. Many claim to have completely cured their cancer just by juicing, with many consuming a diet more consistent with a raw food lifestyle.

How could juicing possible cure cancer? It is a realistic idea once you realize that the tough fiber walls in many vegetables prevent some of the powerful vitamins, nutrients and enzymes from getting into the body. A good fruit and vegetable juicer will break down those tough fiber walls so the nutrients in the juice are easily assimilated into the blood stream where they are distributed throughout the body. That’s when it has the most power to affect your overall health, whether it be fighting off cancer cells or boosting your metabolism and reducing your risk of heart disease.

Getting Started

Healthy juicing is a way to give your body the enzymes, antioxidants and other nutrients that it needs to function properly and fight off diseases and illnesses. Once you get started you will find that you don’t get minor sicknesses as often as you used to and that you have tons of energy that you were missing before.

No matter how you feel about yourself right now, things are going to change! Juicing can be the single factor that changes your life forever, but you have to do it correctly. If you go too fast too soon you are likely to get discouraged and give up, so take it slow. Start where you are right now and add juice to your daily routines and meals.

Juicing Equipment

Juicing does require the purchase of a good juicer, but there are so many on the market today that you will be able to find one within your budget no matter how low it may be right now. Look for a good centrifugal juicer if you want something economical, but springing for a masticating juicer that works well with leafy greens like wheat grass and spinach should be your ultimate goal.

Don’t think of this as a hard stop to your life as you know it now and an immediate start to do something new. It’s a fresh beginning that has the power to change your health and other aspects of your life s well, but you can’t let that overwhelm you. Think of it as making gradual process toward a healthier life and focus on how much better you feel with each step you take.

You can also purchase juicers that function as food processors as well. This makes them a better investment since you can make healthy frozen desserts, baby foods, and a variety of other products with the same machine you create your juice in. A juicer like the Omega 8006 juicer or a Green Star juicer.

So whatever you decide to do for yourself, please don’t delay getting started.

Juicing is a sure way to gain the health you want and need to stay strong and free of disease.

March 27, 2010 on 8:41 pm

Back in the 1970s, a man named Euell Gibbons was selling Grape Nuts cereal by asking, “have you ever eatin’ a pine cone? Many parts are edible.” Boy, did we have fun making jokes about that line as we were clogging our arteries with Big Macs and potato chips. Being the smart folk that we are and, yes, older than we were, let’s make better choices. Let’s eat rainbows!

Over at Nutrition Unplugged, they have a great blog post about how the color of fruits and vegetables are a clue to their healthiness. Dark colors mean anthocyanins and phytonutrients, yellow and orange give vitamin C and beta carotene (what’s up Doc?), reds are full of lycoene, and greens come with extra lutein.

Colors are healthy fun like a box of Crayola crayons or, as ol’ Euell might ask, “Have you ever eatin’ a rainbow, many parts are edible?”

Another way to get all those colors is to juice up some fresh vegetables in your favorite masticating juicer.

You can read the entire article here.

Fruit & Vegetable Juicers