Why juice? There are many, many reasons - to name but a few...
* Fresh juices are a tremendous source of enzymes that the body needs. In fact, the "freshness" of juice is one of their key features, because enzymes are destroyed by heat. When you eat cooked foods, whether meat, grains, fruits, or vegetables, if the food is cooked at temperatures above 114 degrees, the enzymes have been destroyed by the heat. Since fruits and vegetables are juiced raw, the enzymes are still viable when you drink the juice.
* Store bought juices, in addition to having been pasteurized & processed to the point of killing their enzymes, often contain a lot of sugar. Processed juices also are usually made from old fruit, which contains high levels of mold.
* If your child does not eat fruits and vegetables due to their texture or a general dislike of them, fresh juice can be a tasty way to get in the recommended daily servings.
* There is a lot of research pointing to the detoxifying properties of fresh fruit and vegetable juices. Depending on what your ingredients are, juicing can be a powerful way to cleanse the liver and/or kidneys.
Although I like to experiment, I have two "go-to" juice combinations. When I want something slightly sweet, I juice
- 4 celery stalks
- 4-6 carrots
- 1 apple
- 2-3 c spinach or 1 c of parsley
- 2-3 tomatoes
- 3-4 carrots
- 3 celery stalks
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 c parsley
- add a dash of salt & pepper