Juicing Recipes to Jumpstart Your Day

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It's often hard to get children to eat their vegetablesAriana is no exception. She has always been a picky eater, but she has since expanded her palate to include a few healthy surprises, like crab legs and tofu. Any mom with a picky eater knows that, no matter how difficult, one shouldn't give up experimenting with new flavors. At times, we get creative, including adding freshly made juices to a meal. It's a better alternative to store-bought juices that are high in sugar or worse, contain, high fructose corn syrup. 

Here are a few homemade juice recipes we've tried at home that we love and have slowly introduced to Ariana as a way for her to get her vegetables.

Carrot  & Apple Delight (Immunity Booster)

Benefits: Carrots and apples are great in keeping the doctor away. Carrots help increase the production and performance of white blood cells, strengthening the immunity. This mix also helps to fight against irregularity or bloatedness as apples contain fiber and pectin that help improve gastrointestinal health. Carrots also have a cleansing action, particularly on the liver. 

1 Organic Granny Smith or Red Delicious Apple

5 Large Organic Carrots

Directions: Wash and peel all ingredients. Slice the fruits and process all ingredients on a juicer.


Morning Fuel (Energy Booster) 

Benefits: Beets are surprisingly good. They are so delicious when grilled, and Ariana loves and calls them "purple potato." Beets are high in carbohydrates which give an instant boost of energy. The high level of beta carotene in carrots is known to help reduce the risk of stroke. Ginger, on the other hand, is great in helping to reduce inflammation and gives the juice's overall flavor a little bit of spice or kick. However, not many kids would love this. Ginger is still too strong flavor-wise for Ariana to love, so I only toss in a bit of ginger when I'm juicing for myself.

1 Organic Beet Root

4 Large Carrots

Ginger Root (optional)

Directions: Wash and peel all ingredients. Slice the fruits and process all ingredients on a juicer.

Do you love to do an occasional cleanse or make your own juices at home? Which recipe is your favorite?