U is for utterly delicious juices. Juices are often very popular with little ones – making them the perfect vessel to transport nutrient dense fluid into kids… with hidden extra goodness inside, where possible! By juices, we mean freshly squeezed fruit juices. With such a wide range of options and combinations possible, this is a great way to offer up a broad range of different fruits and vegetables at the same time, to maximise the healthful properties.
Juices are a good option for getting picky eaters to sample different fruit and vegetable combinations and to gradually work towards whole fruits and vegetables. Eating whole fruits and vegetables are preferable, given the fibre content however juices definitely have their place when it comes to supercharging nutrition and vitamin intake. Juices are also very visually appealing with their bright vibrant colours. You could perhaps have a “rainbow juice week”- where each day of the week you incorporate a different colour juice- with different fruit and vegetable combinations
SOME GREAT COMBINATIONS:
- Apples and carrots are always a good base for juices. Rich in vitamin A and C, these are sweet and enticing as well as providing a vibrant colour.
- Red juice: This could include strawberries, banana, apple and beetroot
- Orange juice: This could include oranges, carrots and apple
- Yellow juice: This could include apple, mango, banana and carrot
- Green juice: This could include spinach, apple and cucumber
- Purple juice: This could include blueberries, apple, celery and strawberries
- If your kids are getting into the juices and more adventurous in terms of flavours, you could add some ginger, cinnamon or another spice of choice
- You could always water the juices down, to dilute the sweetness and you could also add some almond or coconut milk for a smei-smoothie twist.
See below our fun idea around how to incorporate fruit juice into crafty fun. An engaging way to celebrate fresh fruit and vegetable juices, to talk about their different tastes and why they are so good for us and important in our diets!