Daily Multi Vitamins for Kids

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In a post a couple months ago I had mentioned how I was determined to keep the green yukky thick goopy noses at bay this year once my daughter started school. Well it has been 2 months now, and I am happy to say that so far, so good!! What I have been doing differently this year from previous years, is that I committed to giving my kids a daily dose of multivitamins. Not the store bought, industrialized, incapsulated, who-knows-whats-really-in-them-anyway?, and does-your-body-even-assimilate-all-this-stuff?, multivitamin. The real kind. The kind of vitamins you get from eating, or in this case drinking, fruits and vegetables. Every morning for the past 2 months, I have been making our family a green juice before I drop my daughter off to school. They drink it first things in the morning. It’s not always easy to get them to drink it. Some days it goes down fine, others I have to hold the cup for them, or sometimes make up games to get them to drink it. But it’s been SO WORTH it. By this time most school years, my daughter has brought home some gross runny nose. No other symptoms, just that nasty stuff all over her face that she wants to kiss and hug us with. Then she sometimes gives it to her brother. Not this year. I love kisses and snuggles too much to have them be ruined by excessive mucus. Up until now I have been making a juice that consists mainly on the stuff you see in the picture. Ingredients change a bit depending on what I find at the farmers market, but up until now it’s been pretty green pretty cleansing and detoxifying, as well as immunity boosting and all around just amazing. I really love having this kind of juice being the first thing I put in my body, and although my kids aren’t aware of it just yet, I am really happy that they get to experience such goodness too.

Here is a not exact recipe of what I have been making:

  • 4-5 cups of greens ( I rotate my greens weekly, you should too)
  • 1 cup herbs (I rotate mainly between parsley and cilantro)
  • 1 big chunk of ginger
  • 1 lemon, with peel
  • 2-3 stalks of celery
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1 green apple, or 1 carrot, or 1 beet

Juice everything and drink it immediately!!!

I am about to switch up this juice recipe as I am feeling the need to get into more fall vegetables and I feel like our bodies could use some other nutrients than the ones we have been getting through so much green. But I am definitely committed to continuing juicing for my kids (and my!) health. Without a doubt, they are the reason I am keeping this up everyday. If I were juicing only for myself, I know I would have skipped a bunch of days or even would have taken a break from it by now. But why take a break from taking vitamins daily? Which is what juicing essentially is. While smoothies are great since we get a good dose of fiber in them, we tend to add other things in them as well and they are a little heavier to digest. And we cannot put nearly as many greens in a smoothie without feeling full as we can in a juice. Which makes it that we don’t get as many vitamins and nutrients. As the weather cools down and I have built up a good immunity for us up until now, I will be adding more smoothies in our diet and more colors to our juices. Stay on the lookout for those recipes coming soon 🙂

It’s that time of the day (usually around 3-4pm) where I start to fade. Having some black tea or even a coffee sounds nice. The effects aren’t always beneficial (sometimes they are though, I will not dis tea or coffee as they are great at times in my life). I’ve noticed that sometimes having coffee to help stimulate me, will result in me crashing a little later, and I don’t like crashing 😦 So here I am, feeling tired and I still have to make it through a good portion of the day with the kids. I personally don’t like to “make it through” things, I rather try to feel good as much as possible. So instead of reaching for a quick caffein fix, if I have the time, I make a green juice, my version of an energy drink 🙂

This juice was particularly tasty and that is why I am sharing it with you. Before 3pm. In case that’s when you start crashing too 😉 I made this one yesterday around and it definitely perked me up enough to take all three kids to the playground and have a great playground workout.

I realize you have to be in proximity of a juicer to make this, but if you are not, you can make this juice in advance and bring it with you to work or where ever you may be and keep it in a cooler or fridge. The vitamin content will go down with every passing hour, (it’s best to drink your juices within 30 minutes of making them) but the satisfaction of drinking it will not. And if you don’t have a juicer, you can buy already made juices at most health food stores. I do not have a recommendation for which one is best as I do not usually buy them.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 whole lemon
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 4 large leaves of kale
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro (about 1 cup chopped)
  • 1 apple
  • 1 large chunk of ginger

Steps:

  • wash and cut everything to fit in juicer
  • Feed through juicer
  • poor in glass or mug (I used a mug here, because really what I wanted was a coffee 😉 )
  • Add a couple ice cubes for a nice chilled beverage
  • Drink and feel your body come alive!!