Juicing for the Entire Family
You’ve experienced the benefits of juicing, and now you’d like to share your knowledge with your family members.
Now is the perfect time to get everyone on board with this amazing way of consuming more fruits and vegetables than ever before.
Juicing for the entire family is as easy as A, B, C, and lots of greens. Here are some things to keep in mind when getting your family involved in juicing:
Make it fun!
Juicing will be more enjoyable and productive if your family members have fun while doing it. So make it an activity that everyone can enjoy… one that allows for creativity and the chance to get creative.
Consider making it a family event. Gather everyone in the kitchen, set up a few stations, and get everyone involved either in juicing or in the other parts of the process (such as washing and chopping).
If you do this as a group, juicing will feel more like a fun family activity and less like a chore. If you have children, involve them in the process of making the juice. Have them help select their favorite fruits and vegetables, and let them create their own concoctions.
Be sure to include them in the discussion of how many glasses everyone in the family should drink each day. It’s also a good idea to have your kids help clean up after the juicing event.
Choose the best fruits and veggies for your family
There’s no sense in making your family juice if the ingredients aren’t appealing to them or will help in their goals.
- What are your family members’ health concerns?
- What are their likes and dislikes?
- What are their favorite fruits and vegetables?
These are all important questions to ask as you begin choosing the ingredients for your family’s juices.
Don’t forget to add some greens!
If one or more members of your family have health concerns such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or cancer, you may want to focus on adding ingredients that will address those issues.
For example, apples are high in quercetin, a flavonoid with anti-inflammatory properties that may help prevent cancer. Or add beets to the juicer to help lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels. Limes also can help lower blood pressure.
Likes and dislikes
What are your family members’ favorite fruits and vegetables? If you know that your child loves strawberries, use those in his or her juice.
If your spouse always adds carrots to his or her salads, include carrots in their juice. If your family members’ favorite fruit is watermelon, go for it.
Watermelon is a good source of lycopene, which is good for your heart, prostate health, and possibly fighting certain cancers.
The benefits of juicing for the entire family
Juicing is a great way for the entire family to consume more fruits and vegetables. According to the National Health Interview Survey, only about 12% of Americans meet the recommended daily intake of two cups of fruit and three cups of vegetables.
Juicing is a fast and easy way to solve this problem. Juicing is also a good option if your family doesn’t like to eat many greens. At least with juicing, they’ll get some of what they need.
Juicing is also a great way to get kids involved in their own health. When they create their own groovy concoctions, they’ll be excited to drink them.
Plus, the added bonus of drinking more fruits and vegetables is that you and your family members will likely feel better. You’ll likely have more energy, fewer aches and pains, and improved digestion.
Tips for getting your family involved in juicing
Find a juicer that works for your family. Not all juicers are created equal. If you have a lot of people to juice for (and possibly a few little ones), you’ll probably want to go with a larger model.
A good rule of thumb is that you’ll probably want a model that can handle about one and a half times the amount of what you expect to juice on a regular basis.
Keep it simple. When your family first starts juicing, don’t try adding a bunch of new and different ingredients to the mix.
Start with the basics: add a few pieces of fruit and a few pieces of vegetables to the juicer. Green vegetables such as spinach, kale, and romaine lettuce are great additions to any juice. You can also add parsley, mint, or watercress for a little extra “oomph” in your juice.
Juicing is a great way to consume more fruits and vegetables. Not only is it quick and easy, but it also allows you to get more nutrients from each serving. It’s also a great way to get your kids involved in their own health. When they create their own juicing concoctions, they’ll be excited to drink them and you’ll likely notice a few benefits, too.
If you’ve been thinking about adding juicing to your diet, now is the perfect time to start. Get the whole family involved and make juicing a part of your everyday routine.