Better than Juicing


Juicing.  It really gets people excited – as they assume it to be a great way to get all the nutrition from a number of fruit and vegetables all in one hit.  Especially as we see the ever evolving innovation of juice makers.   I generally hear it coming as a sense of relief from parents trying to improve their own diets or parents trying to sneak things into their children that they usually have a battle to get them to eat.

Why is it so good to eat vegetables and fruit?  Well there are a number of benefits, the vitamin and mineral content, the phytonutrients and antioxidants, the fibre and the fact that they are not generally very calorie dense.  Now, take juicing.  Yes, the vitamins and minerals end up being consumed, but what about the fibre?  If you end up with a whole lot to throw out at the end of the process, that is the ‘good stuff’, going into your bin, instead of into you.  And what about the calorie content?  It is great that you are getting all those fruit and vegetables in one hit, but are you as full as you would be if you sat down and ate them all as whole fruit or vegetable?

However, you don’t need to dismiss the idea altogether – simply swap the juicer for the blender make a smoothie as opposed to juice – this way, all the good stuff ends up in the glass.  Below are some ideas to get you going.

When you have a toddler that just refuses to eat, using a blender to combine vegetables with other things can be a great way get the ‘good stuff’ in.  But use it as an option – it can be a great way to add variety and interest to you and your child diet, but they also need to learn to eat them as well, so keep offering them vegetables and fruit in other forms as well.

Monster Smoothie:

Serves 2 small

  • 1   banana, cut in chunks
  • 1 150g pottle vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • Optional – ice cubes
Put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

 Ginger Ninger Smoothie

Serves 2

  • 1/2 cup chopped cabbage  (yes cabbage, they wont even know)
  • 1 cup red grapes
  • 1 red apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp peeled, chopped fresh ginger
  • Optional – Ice cubes
Put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.