Monday, April 2, 2012

Homemade fruit and vegetable juice for children


 If you have a picky eater like myself, I am sure you have spent countless hours coming up with creative ways to get him or her to eat fruits and vegetables. I have had some successes but even still supplements has been the #1 sure way to ensure that my little one receives all the vitamins and minerals he needs. It is difficult for me because my boys are completely different. One loves to eat salads, vegetables, and fruits and the other will not go anywhere near them. It is because of him that I have played with various ways of basically tricking him into eating these foods.
The other day while at the store I saw a juicer and a little light flipped on above my head. Knowing how much he loves to drink store bought orange juice and other juices. I thought to myself, why not try making my own juice out of fresh fruits and vegetables. To my surprise it worked. I bought the Black & Decker fruit and vegetable juicer and I can honestly say I have no regrets. My son is now drinking a variety of fruits and vegetables without even realizing it. The trick is in mixing it to where they cannot tell they are drinking the vegetables. All the juices I have made have all been delicious.

Start with more fruit based juices and then gradually add various vegetables as time passes and your child will adapt to the taste without blinking an eye. So if you have a picky eater or even if you don't, fresh homemade juice is much healthier for your children than store bought.

Simple 100% orange juice recipe:


Ingredients

4 oranges

Directions

Peel each orange, cut into tiny pieces, run through juicer. Once juice is made, you can filter it by using a coffee filter. Pour in a glass and enjoy.

Orange juice recipe:


Ingredients

4 oranges

0.5 - 1 cups water

1 tsp raw sugar (optional)

Directions

Peel each orange, cut into tiny pieces, run through juicer. Once juice is made, you can filter it by using a coffee filter. Mix sugar and water into the pure juice. This will lesson the thickness of the juice while maintaining its sweetness.
 **depending on the size, 4 large oranges will yield 4 cups juice**

5 comments:

  1. Thanks so much. I'll be sure to check out your site.

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  2. Juicing is definitely eaeisr than eating a fruit/veggie one by one. You do get the same nutrients, in fact when health doctors give you natural remedies for whatever ails you, they always include juicing. The best way to make juice out of the veggies is to have fruits mixed in too so it's sweet. For example, if you make a green juice, you would add green peppers and lettuce leaves and stuff like that, but you also would add green apples (green juices are pretty gross, I'll be honest). So you might want to try veggies combined with carrots and apples. The carrots and apples make a pretty good combo and usually over power whatever other veggie you might put in there.

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  3. This press can definitely press hard enuogh, but the problem would be the size of your orange. If the orange is really large, or if you try grapefruit, an outer ring of pulp will be unpressed. You would have to tilt the fruit and re-press. So yes, you can eventually get all the juice for larger fruit but with multiple pressings.Also, please check my updated review on Amazon (link in video description). I haven't been happy with the machine in terms of parts quality.

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  4. ive got a cheap press a bit like this but find it doesnt get all the juice out of the side of the ongare as it doesnt press hard enough, does the olypus get everything out or could more be rung out?. i find i have to press my fruit alot and limes are also poorly done with my cheap press so looking for something manual thatll really get all the juice out of something as small as a lime.

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  5. Guninane, I agree with you about the fruit. It makes it easier for the children to drink.

    Naomi, I usually cut the oranges in fours so that I do not have problems with the size. I haven't had any problems as of yet with the parts, but I'll keep you posted.

    Carol, the machine takes the entire fruit (pealed) and express all the juice. With larger fruits, you have to cut them in fours prior to putting in the machine, but it will get all the juice out. Hope this helps.

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