Super Smoothies and Revitalizing Fruit or Vegetable Juices
In todays rushed lifestyles of food on the go, the five a day recommendation for fruits and vegetablesisn’talways a standard for many. With children it can also be a little trickier. Starting the day with a freshly made smoothie is one way to bump up your fruit count for the day. Though it may seem more time consuming than pouring a bowl of cereal and adding milk, it is by far more time efficient than munching away through two or three fruits and a bowl of cooked oats for a nutrient dense, but still filling, breakfast.
A power packed breakfast smoothie could be as simple as blending a banana, a naartjie and an apple with a small tub ofyogurt half a cup of raw oats and a dessert spoon of peanut butter for a balanced meal containing all of the food groups in one delicious glass. For those with dairy allergies, rice milk is a tasty alternative toyogurtand milk. For an extra protein punch, whey powder can also be blended in. Three servings of fruit in one go makes incorporating a minimum of two more vegetables not so challenging with the rest of the day ahead. It is important to remember that smoothies need to be made fresh and consumed immediately after preparation to gain the best benefits before the fruits oxidize and turn brown.
Smoothies also make it easier to hide other lessfavoritefoods from fussy children as well as serving as a base for not so easy to administer supplements. Adding nuts and seeds; and emptying capsules of flaxseed oil into smoothies is one way of having our little ones gain as much nutritional support as possible without the fuss and drama of trying to get them to swallow pills or chew on hard nuts which could also pose a choking threat. Not many children can resist a milkshake for breakfast.
Another way to gain the nutrient value of fruits and vegetables is by using a juice extractor. Though thisdoesn’tmake use of the whole fruit as with smoothies. it is a more palatable method for vegetables than blending the whole vegetable. Juice can be extracted in many combinations and can include carrots, spinach, beetroot, celery, cucumber, ginger, and cabbage, amongst others. Adding fruits for sweetness improves theflavorand packs in some more vitamins. There are a number of juice extractors on the market, but even beginning with a bottom of the range brand is enough to kick-start a diet to include raw vegetable juices. Fruits and vegetables can be used in specific combinations to support the body against a range of health ailments.
Whether your preference leans towards a “refreshing juice” or a more substantial smoothie, both are efficient in boosting your daily intake of raw foods, increasing vitality and well-being. When it comes to simplifying our lifestyles, and other convenience methods we adopt which rob us of our health, this makes sense: quick meals with maximum health benefit.