Five Best Fruit Juices For Kids

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By Mauricio Prinzlau

fruitswhiteIt is certainly no child’s play persuading your children to finish their food, especially when it looks dull and unappealing. And as a parent you must be well aware of the trials and tribulations involved in getting your kid to eat his fruits and veggies. Fresh fruits are full of nutrients necessary for your child’s growth, and a smart way to persuade your kids to consume it is by juicing them! Yes a glass of organic fruit juice that looks vibrant enough to tempt the child but is high on nutrition as well. Mentioned below are some healthy and scrumptious juicing recipes for kids:

How are fruit juices beneficial?

A pretty convenient and quick breakfast fix, fruit juices keep your child energised all day long. It contains all the vitamins and minerals to fulfil the nutritional need of their developing bodies. But before we move on to the recipes, let’s take a look at the dos and don’ts of juicing.

• Babies should solely depend on the other’s milk for nutrition. Avoid giving them fruit juices

• For children aged 2 to 12 years, it is recommended that you dilute the juice (with water) and give it to them in limited quantities

• Start out slow and then gradually increase their nutrient intake, don’t worry though, fruits juices are absolutely safe

• It is best that you get a Juicer and prepare the juice yourself rather than get store bough juice boxes laden with artificial colours and preservatives,

• Incorporate green veggies such as spinach, kale, beets into the juice but in very small proportions. Such strong juices are better suited for adults

• Don’t stick to just one particular fruit introduce your child to a variety of fruit juices.

The recipes

Juicing is a great way to get your child to eat his fruits and veggies. Given below are some juicing recipes especially designed for kids and approved by kids.

Apple and orange juice

When it comes to kids, apples and oranges are among the traditional favourites. The naturally sweet tastes of the apples combined with the slightly tangy oranges are a hit among children! Apples are rich in antioxidants that flush out the toxic wastes, while oranges are replete with vitamin C that boosts immunity and strengthens the body. You would need:

• 2 apples (or carrots)

• 2 oranges

Juice the apples in an electric juicer then mix some hand squeezed orange juice with it. You can even add 2 carrots in place of the apples to add a little variety.

Carrot pear and orange juice

Naturally vibrant and slightly sweet, carrots are among the best loved vegetables among kids. And the fact that it is packed with nutrients makes it a hit among parents as well! Rich in vitamin A and other minerals, carrots are good for the eyes and immunity. Also pears and oranges contain many minerals necessary for growth. You would need:

• 2 carrots

• 1 pear

• 1 orange

Juice the carrots and pear in an electric juicer and orange in a hand one, as most conventional juicers don’t support citrus fruits. Mix the two and serve it fresh.

Mango pineapple and kale juice

Mango is one fruit that every kid loves! Rich in glucose and carbohydrates, mango pulp is a great ingredient for smoothies and fruit juices. Also pineapple only enhances the nutritional value and taste of the juice. Balance this sweetness by adding a bit of kale into the mixture. Full of vitamins A, C and K, kale takes care of the health factor. You would need:

• 1 mango

• A cup of fresh chopped pineapple

• A cup of freshly chopped kale leaves (approx. 3 to 4)

Juice the pineapple pieces and chopped kale leaves in a juicer then add mango pulp to it, ensure that you juice the kale first.

fruitcupTomato carrot and apple juice

Once your child is accustomed to juices, gradually start increasing the health quotient of the juice. The trick is to add some vegetables and balance it with the sweetness of the fruit. Tomato and carrot are well loved veggies among kids; add to that some apples and you’ve got yourself a winner! But to keep things healthy, you can also mix a bit of spinach to the mixture. Rich in vitamins and minerals, spinach purifies the blood and strengthens muscles. You would need:

• 2 carrots

• 1 apple

• 1 tomato

• A cup of freshly chopped spinach leaves

Juice all the ingredients, starting with the spinach, mix it all up and serve fresh. Your kid will love it!

Beet apple spinach juice

Easy on the eyes, the vibrant red of the beet combined with the sweetness of the apple and health of spinach gives you a wholesome energy drink. You would need:

• 1 apple

• 1 medium size peeled

• A cup of chopped spinach

Juice all the ingredients, mix it and serve fresh!

Green Juices, Green Powders, & Capsules – Which Is Best? – Part 2

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By Dr. Michael Wald

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

healthillustrated5. What is chlorella and what are the nutrition/health benefits of chlorella? Is particularly rich in chlorophyll? I’ve seen “cracked cell wall” on labels beside chlorella – what does this mean?

Answer: Chlorella is a type of green algae, which is a fantastic source of inexpensive proteins, healthy fats and carbohydrates. It contains approximately 45% protein and 20% each of fats and carbohydrates. “Cracked cell wall” chlorella refers to a process by which the cell wall of the single celled chlorella algae is broken, helping to release its nutritional contents that otherwise would resist digestive enzymes and acids in the human body.

6. What are the benefits of consuming kelp in green food supplements?

Answer: Kelp is a form of brown seaweed algae and a rich source of vitamins A, B, C, D, E, K and the mineral iodine. Kelp is a high nutritional content plant food, that when combined in a comprehensive green food helps to cover a variety of nutritional bases.

7. Would consuming spirulina, chlorella and kelp be tantamount to consuming a “whole food”?

Answer: A whole food does not exist. This is a term that refers to a product or foodstuff that is considered to contain an exceptionally well-balanced variety of proteins, healthy fats and carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, herbs, fibers and other nutritional compounds. A “whole food” does not imply that the food product contains everything that an individual needs each day or throughout their lifetime. Together with a healthy diet a “wholefood” can serve as “nutritional insurance” towards helping to ensure an exceptional nutritional effort.

8. What are some of the nutritional benefits of cereal grasses such as wheat, barley and alfalfa?

Answer: Those with gluten or wheat allergy and/or sensitivity should avoid wheat and barley. Alfalfa is not a gluten grain. If one is not allergic to these foods then they serve to provide unprocessed fibers, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

9. Are there anti-inflammatory properties with green powders? If so, why is this important?

Answer: It is not generally recognized in medical research and clinical arenas that inflammation is the fundamental process causing cellular, tissue, organ and organ system degeneration. Green powders contain hundreds to tens-of- thousands of plant compounds suspected or well-established to effect many known inflammatory pathways in the body including interleukens, interferons, cytokines and other inflammatory modifying pathways.

10. Are there any detoxifying properties of these greens? If so, what are they?

Answer: Many greens provide a large number of compounds that are known to enhance the body’s detoxification mechanisms including many of the cytochrome P450 enzyme systems in the liver and other organs; monoamine oxidase systems (MAOs) and Phase I, Phase II and Phase III detoxification mechanism.

11. When choosing a green powder formula, what other items can be beneficial (e.g. probiotics, digestive enzymes)?

Answer: The addition of probiotics to green powered formulations can add an additional health benefit. Probiotics are helpful for detoxification, modification of immunity, improvement of inflammation control and thrive in an environment high in live enzymes and fibers such as green foods. Green foods are exceptionally high in naturally occurring plant enzymes; additional enzymes added to green powders could enhance the healing benefits of such products.

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.

Green Juices, Green Powders, & Capsules – Which Is Best? – Part 1

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By Dr. Michael Wald

qa1. Why can the addition of supergreen powders/pills be a benefit to ones diet/ health?

Answer: Very few people are successful at meeting the governmental requirements of minimal intake of vegetables – approximately 4-5 per day! Science has proven that the higher one’s diets of green’s, the less heart disease, cancers and degenerative diseases. Consuming supergreen powders is a reliable way to get in the minimum daily intake of greens and then some…and one cannot eat too many greens (with the exception of those on blood thinning medications).

2. With so many Americans coming up short in the daily fruits and veggies department, can green products provide a good way to make up for deficiencies?

Answer: Absolutely! Supergreen powders are high in vitamins, minerals, fibers (soluble and insoluble), enzymes, and other, anti-cancer compounds, anti-inflammatory compounds, detoxification compounds and other important nutritional items.

3. What should consumers look for and what should we be wary of in a green foods product?

Answer: Make sure that the product does not contain food concentrates that you have known allergies or sensitivities to. The product should have a wide variety of foodstuff with different tastes. These products should be free of excessive bacterial and yeast organisms and heavy metals such as lead and mercury.

4. What is chlorophyll and what are the benefits of it? Is it is similar to hemoglobin in blood? Is it true that algae such as spirulina will have much more chlorophyll than green grasses such as barley?

Answer: Chlorophyll has a chemical structure that has similarities to human (mammal) hemoglobin, but chlorophyll is not hemoglobin and does not have the same functions in the human body. However, chlorophyll does seem to have weak detoxification properties and thus blood cleansing properties, but not in cases of serious toxicity. Also, chlorophyll cannot effectively detoxify heavy metals. Depending upon the toxins in question, certain nutritional compounds are more appropriate than others. The amount of chlorophyll in a food depends on the food and the amount consumed. Chlorophyll is a type of fiber and is not absorbed. Algae are higher in chlorophyll per gram compared to barley, but one would need to alter their intake for equivalent amounts. It is best, in my opinion, to consume a variety of algae containing foods.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.