Saturday, March 9, 2013

Juice it to Great Health

Mini Meals to the Rescue!

Are you a parent who is constantly struggling to get your child(ren) to eat balanced meals and snacks? Do you find yourself giving into your child’s whines and throwing in the towel? Look no more… Juice smoothies are a fast and effective way to pump your children up with the nutrients their bodies crave!

Cold Fighter
Kiwi Honeydew

Makes: 6 servings
Prep: 15 minutes

-4 cups of honeydew melon (1/2 melon)
-3 cups of white cranberry juice
-2 cups of kiwi (4 peeled and chopped kiwi)
-2 cups of ice

Combine all ingredients in the blender and pulse until smooth.

Health Benefit Facts:
Kiwi is a great source of vitamin C and fiber. Additionally, it contains vitamin A and E, magnesium, potassium, copper, and phosphorus and is full of antioxidants. Also studies have proven the fruit to help with respiratory health problems.

Honeydew is a sweet method to get in some key vitamins like vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B and copper. Additionally, this super fruit helps maintain healthy blood pressure levels and is awesome for the skin.

Promotes Eye Health

Makes: 6 servings
Prep: 15 minutes

-1 pound of frozen peach slices (about 2 cups)
-1.5 cups of tangerine orange slices (peeled and pitted)
-2 cups of carrot juice
-2 cups of orange/tangerine juice
-2 teaspoons of grated fresh ginger

Combine all ingredients until smooth

Health Benefit Facts:
Carrots are a great source of beta-carotene and contain a significant amount of silicon. Additionally, it aids indigestion and reduces excessive stomach acid. Awesome veggie for the eyes too!

Ginger is a stimulant to the digestive and circulatory systems. It’s great for nausea, fevers, muscle aches, gas, indigestion, vomiting and travel sickness. Additionally, it has anti-inflammatory properties.

Peaches are a great source of carotenes, potassium, flavonoids and natural sugar.

Oranges and Tangerines are an excellent source of vitamin C and flavonoids. Additionally, they are great for the immune system, the adrenal glands, the connective tissues and your overall health. These juicy fruits will surely chase those germs away!

Extra Extra: To boost these smoothies to the next level you can add a protein like plain Greek yogurt or add a protein powder (plain whey, rice or hemp powder). 1 scoop

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