The only juice I consider fresh and natural is juice that is made on the spot with real fruit and vegetables. I get disturbed when I see the words “100% natural” or “fresh” on all kinds of crappy, unnatural, prepackaged juices. How can any fruit or vegetable or other plant-based food that was processed a week or two months ago possibly be “fresh and natural”? I have a lot to say against those kinds of products, but that is not the point.
The point is that it is a lie. Most pre-packaged juices today are not fresh or natural even if the label says so. God knows what they add to the juice to keep it “fresh” for six months or even a year.
My kids drink those crappy juices every now and then (mostly at birthday parties) but they know it’s not the real thing. They know that if the juice has not been squeezed or blended in front of their eyes, it is not fresh or natural.
Even when you go to most cafés today and order a so-called “freshly squeezed orange juice,” you’re getting juice that smells and tastes like Tropicana, not like real orange juice. When you ask the waiter, he tells you that no, they don’t actually squeeze it there at the restaurant, they get it early in the morning from a company that squeezes it everyday.
Whatever! If I pay five bucks for a glass of orange juice, I expect it to have been squeezed no more than five minutes before I drink it.
I feel the same way about apple juice in boxes. I have never bothered to introduce my kids to that overly-sweet, tooth-killing beverage. No offense! But most kids today eat plenty of carbs and sweets – they’ll be just fine drinking water. Or real fresh juices and smoothies!
One of the best gifts I ever got from my husband is a life- and money-saving juicer. (The only gifts my husband is allowed to buy me are electronic – never jewelry and never clothes!) It has been three years since he bought it at a Midtown New York office garage sale, and I still love it (but hate to clean it.)
The juicing is not exactly a quickquick process, but it is definitely worth the effort of washing the fruits and vegetables, chopping them, juicing them, and then, the annoying part, cleaning the damn thing! That’s why I juice three to four times a week and not every day as I would love to, mainly for the kids. My little one always volunteers to help with the easiest and most exciting part: shoving the fruits or veggies into the machine’s mouth and juicing the hell out of them.
Oh, those cute little hands juicing!
The big one is a bit suspicious about this spinach, celery, carrot & apple juice. “There is something about it I don’t like, the color is weird,” he says. Sometimes we make just carrot or apple juice, but most of the time we make interesting combinations with what ever vegetables or fruits we have at hand.
One day I made a beet, apple, celery & basil juice – it was delicious!
- Leo prefers sour flavors. His favorite is Granny Smith Apple, cucumber, Celery & Lime.
- My sister created an awesome variation on this by adding a bit of Fennel – the kids absolutely love it!!!
- Alex prefers sweet. His favorite is Carrot & Beet with a squeezed Lemon.
- My favorite is celery, beet, radish, carrot & ginger.