Carrot Citrus Juice

This juice hits the spot once again. I didn’t have much time this morning before school drop off so I wanted to make a quick juice. By quick I mean, it needed to be quick to make and quick for the kids to drink so I wouldn’t have to prompt them non stop until it was time to eat breakfast. I somewhat succeeded 😉 But this juice was tasty, slightly tart, sweet and refreshing. It went down pretty easily for the kids. And most importantly, it was packed with amazing vitamins as usual.

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Ingredients:

  • 5 carrots
  • 1 large pink grapefruit, peeled
  • 1 lemon with rind
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1 large chunk on ginger (about 2 inches)
  • 1 cucumber (optional)

Steps:

  • wash and cut everything to fit in your feeder tube
  • juice and drink immediately if can!

Try to use all organic ingredients if you can. Juicing is about feeding our bodies high doses of amazing vitamins and minerals, using conventional, pesticide ridden produce highly diminishes the quality of those ingredients as well as put harmful chemicals in your body.

Purple Hug

Because that’s what it feels like to drink this juice: a hug to my insides. The color of this juice itself makes me want to drink it. The beets have amazing blood purifying qualities as well as help fight off diseases. Combine that with the amazing immunity boosting benefits of pomegranate as well as the high vitamin C content of the grapefruit and you got yourself a recipe for health!

Of course, the little extras such as lemon, ginger and kale, definitely help in making this juice extra concentrated in high quality immunity support vitamins.

This juice is perfect for this holiday season. If you are feeling run down, or if you’ve been over indulging in not so healthy meals, this will help cleanse you as well as balance you.

This juice simply makes me want to dance.

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Ingredients:

  • I large pomegranate, seeds only
  • 1/2 peeled grapefruit
  • 1 large beet
  • 8-10 large leaves of kale
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 lemon with rind
  • 1 2inch chunk of ginger

Steps:

  • wash everything
  • juice and enjoy!!

This made 32 oz. I shared it with my husband and two older kids, but this could easily be a nice serving for just 2 people.

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 🙂