Short answer – Yes!
The advantages of juicing for kids
• Children are growing. Fresh juices are a great way to get high concentrations of nutrients into your child’s systems at such an important time in their physical development.
• Children who drink fresh juices regularly are less likely to fall sick compared to children who don’t drink.
• Juicing can be a great way to introduce new foods into a child’s diet. Stronger tastes such as lemon can be used to disguise more subtle tastes like spinach that children may otherwise turn their nose up at.
• Juicing is a great way to broaden your infant’s pallet and give them a balanced diet.
THE BEST FRUIT AND VEGETABLES TO JUICE FOR CHILDREN
Start simple, before gradually introducing new fruit and veg to your child’s diet
Juicing is a great way to disguise the taste of spinach or broccoli allowing you to sneak them into your child’s diet. But remember children’s stomachs are sensitive. Start with simpler fruit and vegetables that they are familiar with. After a few weeks on this diet, you can gradually introduce a wider variety of fresh foods into their diet.
This will help avoid the side effects of large concentrations of unfamiliar foods. The last thing you want is to put your child off juicing for life by giving them something they are not ready for.
AN AGE-BY-AGE GUIDE TO JUICING FOR KIDS
Here’s a general guide to how much juice you can give your children in a day, but always trust your own judgment and instinct on how well they are taking it:
• Breast feeders: Generally, babies under two years old don’t need to drink juices, especially if they’re being breastfed. Babies are born so perfectly nourished that they don’t really need the nutrition from fresh juices until they begin to get exposed to “unhealthy foods”, or junk food when they start school.
• 2 to 3 years old: When your toddler begins on solid food, introduce fruit and vegetables to their diet. Start them from young. An example of how you can get get your toddler to like a certain fruit: Put a small piece of fruit to her mouth. She may reject it, no problem. Keep giving it to her everyday until she finally eats it. She will learn to like it. Try with a variety. Some good ones to start would be soft fruits like banana, pears, apples, mangoes, tomatoes, avocados, boiled potatoes, etc.
• 4 to 8 years old: If your kids are like mine where they are given unhealthy foods at the school cafeteria, then you know that they definitely need juices at home. At least at home under your wings, you know that you can give them nutritious foods and drinks to “make up” for what they are lacking when they are not with you. Begin introducing juices to your young child with a ¼ cup (about 60ml), dilute with one part water (1:1). When they are rather stable taking juice, you can gradually increase the juice amount, always diluting with one part water.
• 9 to 12 years old: If they are just starting to take juice, start with ½ cup of juice dilute in one part water. When they are seasoned, they can safely take ½ cup neat (about 120ml), without any problem. Do not give them more than ½ cup as it may cause diarrhea.
• 12 years and above: Teenagers can safely take one cup (about 250 ml) juice neat. However, if they are not used to taking juice, test with smaller amounts first.
Advantages of fresh juice over supermarket cartons/cans:
• Fresh juice contains far higher concentration of nutrients (like vitamins, minerals and amino acids)
• Drunk fresh, the juice has not had time to oxidize, so it is of higher quality and nutrient content.
• Fresh juice is completely natural with no additives, no preservative, no colorants, no emulsifiers nor any other junk often added to off-the-shelf juice.
• Juicing your own produce, you can ensure the freshness, highest quality and even sourcing of raw ingredients.
Check these Juicifix juices out?
Complete cheat with the kids:
The Guava Punch: Fresh Guava and Orange juice with a hint of ginger and mint.
The Immunifix: Pure Apple, Orange and a tad bit of that healthy green spinach with a dash of lemon.
The Juicifix Pom Pom: Perfect portions of Pomegranate with Watermelon with a bit of fresh Basil and Celery herbs.
Can children get fat from drinking fruit juice?
It is a myth that juices will make your child obese. Fresh juices contain naturally occurring fruit sugar (fructose) that your child’s body can easily assimilate. Research is continually confirming that there is no association between drinking fresh juice and obesity.
5 TIPS FOR GETTING CHILDREN STARTED ON FRESH JUICE
Be safe when juicing for your kids. Follow these professional guidelines to get your children started safely with fresh healthy fruit and vegetable juices.
1. Best to start them young.
2. Children have sensitive stomachs—gradually introduce new foods to their diet.
3. How to drink fresh juices AND have great teeth! Make sure they dont hold onto their juice in their mouth for too long.
4. Give your child their juice at breakfast for slow absorption and avoid spoiling their meal.
5. If in doubt, give children juice in moderation.