Thursday, January 15, 2009

Do You Juice?

Of course eating whole fruits and vegetables is always best, but I find juicing to be a great way to get your kids to try a few new veggies that they ordinarily do not want to eat. An additional benefit to making your own juice is that it has more vitamins and minerals because it's fresh and hasn't been sitting on a grocery store shelf for goodness knows how long. Juicing also cuts down on landfill waste. No more(or at least fewer)plastic containers going out to the garbage can. And if you garden, you can compost the pulp! I use the Jack La Lanne Juicer, it seems to be so much more efficient than other brands that I have owned. One of my son's favorite combinations is Carrot Apple with a bit of ginger! These also make great popsicles!

1 Carrot
2-3 Apples depending on size
1/4 to 1/2" piece of ginger root

I find it best to juice the apples first, then ginger and then the carrot. Carrots are the hardest of the 3 so it helps push the last bit of juice through. Serves 2.

Ginger is an amazing little root, not only for it's spicy flavor, but for its health benefits. Ginger can settle an upset stomach, reduce pain and inflammation, and can help prevent colorectal and ovarian cancers. Studies have also shown that it enhances immunity and can help create body warmth and healthful sweating when your child has a cold or flu.

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