While I was in the middle of writing my recent blog post about fruit juice for kids, I had a wonderful conversation with my friend, Shelly. I could hear Nayelli, her 2 year-old daughter, in the background. “I want more juice!” I asked Shelly about the juice and she said she makes her own fresh juice each day and her daughter absolutely loves it. She can’t get enough of it. She drank down her second glass while we were talking and wanted even more. I asked, well what do you put in that magic juice?
Her juicing recipe has a cucumber and celery base since these are the most hydrating vegetables. This creates the liquid. Then she adds greens (i.e. kale, spinach, collards) and 1 beet with leaves. She adds cilantro including stems, and parsley. Then to sweeten it up she adds a few apples and carrots.
I know this seems like a lot of work for busy moms. And Shelly is definitely a busy mom! But she says it’s well worth the effort to make this juice for her family. She told me, “It’s liquid gold for the cells, like an infusion of vitamins and nutrients going straight to the cells. I love it!”
She’s right about that. This is concentrated nutrition. Nayelli is like most toddlers and will only eat a few things. So this gives her a lot of the nutrition she needs to keep healthy. You just can’t get this from a fruit juice box or a bottle.
Please post your comments and if you have a favorite juicing recipe, let us know.
Shelly Fitzsimmons is a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer specializing in Lifestyle, Wellness and Nutrition Coaching. You can read more about Shelly here: