Healthy Nutrition - How To Use Juicing Recipes For Kids

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How To Use Juicing Recipes For Kids - 5 To 9 Fresh Veggies And Fruits A Day

Juicing recipes for kids can become your number one nutrition solution if you are often wringing your hands about picky eaters at home!

Are your toddlers and teens driving you up the wall by refusing to eat fruit and vegetables? Are they never hungry when it comes to the green stuff on their plates? Don't despair! There is an easy solution that can finally end all those broccoli battles...

What Can Juicing Recipes For Kids Do For You?


1. Stop The Food Fights

With a juice extractor in the kitchen, you can concentrate on something other than veggie skirmishes

2. All The Fresh Stuff They Need

A ravenous juicer, greedy for its next feeding frenzy is all you need to make sure your kids get all the fresh produce a growing body needs. The machine will spew nutrient-rich juice cocktails in no time. Why chew through cubed carrots, if an automatic juicer can extract every bit of goodness from the fiber?

3. Diguise The Greens

If you are clever, the kids will not even realize that a number of unmentionable green goodies have been added to the juice by slight-handed moms and dads!

4. Improve Nutrient Absorption

By juicing vegetables and fruits, you up the absorption of the nutrients to an amazing extent. The fresh stuff is in a sense turned into pre-digested food. It is almost like giving your family intravenous feeding - the body can take up the nutrients immediately, without going through a complicated digestive process.

5. Put Fiber First

You don't have to worry about the lost fiber - you can still give your kids whole fruits to munch on to replace that. Another option is to check out some of the best juicing books available. You are sure to find recipes that utilize the left-over pulp, such as stews or divine carrot cakes!

6. Quality Time In The Kitchen

Coming up with juicing recipes for kids can turn into a fun family activity. You can even decide to have a competition with a prize for the most innovative, colorful juice. Or a competition where the winner of the best name for a juice cocktail get a prize. Just be prepared for some pretty yucky names! Before you know it, the 'power juice' will become part of the daily routine. Just imagine how reassuring it will be to know that, even if they still eat junk foods on and off, they have painlessly swallowed their main fruit and veggie potion! How's that for optimal intake of vitamins, minerals and live enzymes?

7. Up The Value Of Smoothies

If your kids don't like the juice at first, try adding it to a favorite smoothie. They will soon get used to the veggie juice taste and grow to love it! In the process they will also get super-healthy smoothies...

8. Before You Begin

When you start out, it is always sensible to chat to a doctor first. Some of the juices may be too potent for young kids or may need to be limited. This is really important if a family member has any ailment.

Easy Juicing Recipe For Kids


Pineapple Punch
3 Medium Carrots
1 Red Apple
1 Thick Slice Pineapple

Method:
1. Scrub the carrots (you don't need to peel them) and discard the greens
2. Wash and core the apple (if your juicer doesn't come with a large feeding chute, you may have to cut the apple into chunks)
3. Peel the pineapple slice

Run the carrots, apple and pineapple through your juicer and let the kids enjoy! If you wish, you can add some shredded coconut to the juice for extra sweetness. This is a good starting recipe to get the kids used to the taste. Gradually experiment with adding small quantities of other veggies, but go slow.


Easy Smoothie Recipe For Kids


Strawberry Delight Smoothie

1 Cup strawberries (frozen)
2 Bananas (frozen and sliced)
2 - 3 Tablespoons ground flax seed (optional)
3/4 Cup milk/plain yogurt (ice cream can be used as a special treat)
Some ground nuts if your child enjoy these

Method:
Blend all the ingredients in your blender until well combined and smooth.
You can also use some fresh vegetable juice with the milk or yogurt for an even more healthy kick.

Isn't it time to turn your dinner table battle-zone into a vegetable juicer zone? One sure way of putting an end to nerve-wracking veggie niggles and nagging.

Other Healthy Nutrition Resources For Kids

Kids can grow their own fresh goodies!

Your kids will be even more enthusiastic about juicing if they can use fresh goodies from their very own veggie garden. Try this and see how excited they become about fruits and vegetables.

Age appropriate nutrition

Find out what kids need when in terms of healthy nutrition


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CYBERSUPE 6 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

Hi Susan,

Thank for sharing these juicing tips. Do have a great day. God Bless!


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rsusan 6 years ago from South Africa Author

My pleasure Cybersupe! Happy juicing!

Rika Susan


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Seafarer Mama 6 years ago from New England

Hi Rika Susan,

Thanks for the info about juices. Your article is well written. I love to make smoothies with my daughter, but our juicer has been collecting some dust. Time to give it some quality time! Looks like a yummy recipe to try.


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rsusan 6 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks for your response and for the compliment, Seafarer Mama! I appreciate it. Glad you already have a juicer. It must be really starving for some fresh goodies by now!:-) Hope you enjoy dusting it off and giving it a meal... Happy juicing!


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Juicing is a good way to get fruits and veggies in. I usually have at least one fruit and veggie this way a day myself. :) Thanks for sharing:)


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rsusan 6 years ago from South Africa Author

I am sure your body loves you for taking care of it by juicing for health, Money Glitch! Great that you are doing this for yourself.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I agree with you that kids in the growth time. They need a lot substance for their body like vitamins and mineral. We can get all the substance from fruits and vegetables. By giving them juice is a great idea. Better to use alternative so they don't get bored with this. Good work, Susan. I give my Vote special for you.

Prasetio


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rsusan 6 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks Prasetio! Appreciate your response. Juicing recipes for kids make nutrition really super easy. And there are loads of variations on the possible combinations of fruits and veggies we can use. You are right that we don't want them to get bored.


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

I used to juice with my blender, but it was a messy process - guess I'll have to think about a juicer.


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rsusan 6 years ago from South Africa Author

Yes, RedElf, unfortunately a blender doesn't give the same result. Apart from the messy side of it, a juicer is specifically made to extract all the nutrients from the fiber. A blender simply can't do that. For example, if you eat a raw carrot, your body can only get to about 1% of the beta-carotene in it. The rest remains trapped in the fiber. But if you juice a carrot, you will get to more than 90% of the beta-carotene! That's impressive. Sounds like a way to get much better value for money from your veggies! Hope you get around to juicing! I am sure you will enjoy it - and your body will love you for it.


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katrinasui 6 years ago

Very well written article. Looks like a yummy recipe. I will definitely give it a try.


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rsusan 6 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks for your response, katrinasui! I appreciate it. You are right. It is a yummy recipe that is easy to prepare. Happy juicing!


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

I think adults would love this recipe as well. Carrot juice by itself could taste pretty yucky; it's very wise of you to pair it with apple and pineapple. I'm sure this combination tastes really awesome. :)


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rsusan 6 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks, Om Paramapoonya! Yes, the apple and pineapple helps to disguise the strong carrot taste. But I must say, I have grown to enjoy carrot juice. It is fresh, wonderfully healthy and superb for my skin. But the other tastes do make it easier to enjoy.


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Betty Reid 5 years ago from Texas

I was wondering why juice would be better than whole fruits and vegetables. Thanks for clarifying 1) kids might like it better 2)better nutrient absorption from juice, and 3) you can drink your juice and eat your fiber later. Super informative!


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rsusan 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks, Betty! Another plus I have discovered: when kids are ill and don't feel like eating, you may be able to tempt them with a glass of colorful juice. In that way, they will at least get a good shot of nutrients. Even folks on chemotherapy also often find that they can at least get some juice down, if they can't manage to eat due to lack of appetite of a painful mouth.


naturalsolutions 5 years ago

Susan it is such a delicious and yummy tips, i have to try it very soon. Keep the great insights and helpful information in your coming hub.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi Rika,

I think kids would have great fun making these juices. You're such a great person for encouraging kids to get more nutrition! Voting up!


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rsusan 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks for your great comment, Louise! Good to have you here. I simply love juicing and believe it is the best way to up our intake of fresh goodies! And it tastes yummy to boot!


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stephaniedas 5 years ago from Miami, US

Mmm, there is nothing I love more than fresh, ice-cold carrot juice. I am going to try the recipe with the apple and pineapple. Another great mix with carrot juice is 1/2 carrot, 1/2 fresh squeezed orange juice. It's a much better way to wake up than a whole pot of coffee. Great hub, and so relevant! I always think that these guidelines are especially important here in the US, but research keeps coming in about how kids all over the world are slowly becoming more and more overweight, which is too sad.


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rsusan 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Good to see you here, stephaniedas. Thanks for your feedback. Your carrot and orange juice combo sounds great! It really saddens me to hear about kids becoming so overweight - happens a lot here in South Africa as well. I think it is all about teaching kids to make smarter food choices, from a very early age. We need to really think about what we are doing at home. And I am not saying that all 'junk food' is a total no-no. It should just be reserved as a special treat and not be the norm. The other thing is that portion size is such a serious issue in the US. Here we don't really see those extra large helpings of food in restaurants.


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stephaniedas 5 years ago from Miami, US

I think being overweight as a child is very sad. Some kids are naturally a little chubby, but there is a line between chubby and overweight. Portion size is really bad in some places here, and to make matters worse, a lot of people feel bad about leaving food on their plates!


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rsusan 5 years ago from South Africa Author

I agree with you, stephaniedas. And I think one of the first 'rules' we all have to unlearn is that it is some sort of 'sin' to leave food on a plate. We have to learn to listen to our bodies - eat slowly, giving the brain time to get the 'enough' signal and then stop - no matter what is still on the plate.


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ThePracticalMommy 5 years ago from United States

Hmm, might be time to get a juicer! My son loves to drink apple juice, but it would be great to get him to have some veggies with it as well. Great hub!


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rsusan 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Great to see you here, ThePracticalMommy! Yes, it is so easy to get kids to 'drink' their veggies, especially if you add their favorite as well. And once they come up with a name for 'their' recipe, they will be sold... Boys are particularly good at concocting fairly disgusting names! Hope you get that juicer!


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molometer 5 years ago

Hi Susan,

very useful and informative hub. I will start using my juicer more often.


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rsusan 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks for your visit and your feedback, molometer. Appreciate it. Good to hear that you will be juicing more often! I love it and enjoy sharing my passion for it. It is a tremendous daily help for me.


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rmcrayne 4 years ago from San Antonio Texas

I have a Vitamix, and am trying to get inspired to start doing daily smoothies. I like vegetables, including dark leafy greens. I just can't seem to get into a routine.


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Good to see you here, Rose Mary. I know all about getting into that new routine! It can take a while and a good dose of motivation and discipline. Looks like you will have to come up with some recipes that are so yummy that you just can't resist making them daily! How's that for a way to start? For me it was a question of developing such an overpowering image of how beneficial juicing is for me, that it became quite easy to do it daily. If you can just stick with it until it becomes a habit, you will be okay. Good luck to you and your Vitamix!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Excellent, detailed and yummy hub Susan! Very good ideas to be sure kids get their nutritional veggies!:)


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks, Sunshine! Yes, juicing can really end all those broccoli battles! Wish we had a juicer when I was growing up! That would have been a lot easier. My goddaughter goes for the broccoli first at dinner time - I definitely wasn't like that at age 6!


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grandmapearl 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

Great well-written Hub rsusan. I bought a juicer for my husband 2 years ago, and we enjoy fresh pineapple/apple juice almost daily. Pineapples are inexpensive and so delicious. And it's amazing how sweet carrot juice is. I have made some delicious carrot cake using the pulp. I save it in freezer bags until I get enough to make a cake. I want to try your recipe, and would welcome more juicing recipes, especially with different veggies. Voted Up, useful and awesome!


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Wow, thanks so much for your enthusiastic comment, grandmapearl! Loved it. Your fan mail also meant a lot.

I am glad that you are enjoying using your juicer. I can't imagine being without one! Pineapple juice tastes heavenly and is so good for aches and pains. And doesn't adding the carrot pulp make for the best cake or muffins ever? A little secret we share!

I share many more recipes (also for smoothies) on my website (details in my profile). You are more than welcome to pop in and join my juicing friends there. I will try to add more recipes here as well. Happy juicing!

Rika


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Voted up, useful, and awesome. This is a great informative article. Very well written and easy to read. We are trying to get our 6 year old to eat healthy right now. This is very important for development. Thanks for all your great tips. Bookmarked for later assistance. Take care.


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks for stopping by, thelyricwriter, and for leaving such a supportive comment. Appreciate the vote of confidence! Juicing really makes it easy to up the intake of fresh goodies for little ones. Best of all, it can be fun as a family activity! Hope you can use it for your 6 year old. It is so great to hear that you appreciate the importance of teaching good eating habits early on.


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

I've always wanted to take up juicing - this is a very helpful hub! Thanks for sharing your tips! Voted up and useful.


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Good to see you here. Yes, juicing has become my passion. I love the way it makes me feel. And it really is the easiest way to take in more veggies! Hope you get around to trying it! Thanks for the vote.


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jonmcclusk 4 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

This is a good Hub, my nephews are very hesitant when trying anything new. I wouldn't say they dislike vegetables but they definitely wouldn't try them on a plate so maybe in a glass?


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Great to see you here, Jon! Yes, juice may do the trick! Let them decide what should go into the juicer at first and then gradually add tastes they are not used to. If you can make a game of it and come up with good recipe names, you may win the veggie war! Wish we had a juicer when I was growing up! I detested veggies. My poor parents...!:-)


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Princessa 4 years ago from France

Carrots, apples and pineapple are delicious! My little ones love making their own juices and smoothies with the fruits that they have harvested. I think it is a great idea to make them eat a good amount of fruits and also great for encouraging their creativity.


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Good to see you here, Princessa! If the juice is made with goodies from their own garden, it must taste extra, extra GOOD. How wonderful that you are teaching them to love fruits and veggies in this way! Now, this is what I call healty fun!:-)


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

Great hub! I just started juicing last summer. I still don't juice as often as I'd like though. The juicer came in handy when during the summer months when the farm share had more greens than I knew what to do with - I juiced them and froze the the juice and pulp to add to soups in the winter to give them more flavor.


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks for stopping by, Kris! Appreciate your comment. Love what you are doing. You are making good use of your juicer in this way! Looks like you have discovered that pulp doesn't have to be wasted. Pulp from carrots make for divine carrot cake or muffins!


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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK

Easy, healthy and delicious, what more could we ask for! Bookmarked and shared!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I think this is useful for adults too! Some of us have gotten so used to processed and super sweet drinks, it's hard to remember what fresh drinks taste like. Great hub!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Fabulous hub. I will bookmark this one. This idea solves a big problem for me. Kid's apple juices were just determined to have large amounts of arsenic in them. I won't be giving them to my daughter. Every juice on the market except for straight up orange juice is all made from apple juice concentrate (as well as many other alternative drinks such as punches). I hadn't considered juicing. Thanks!


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks for your comment Judi! That just about sums it up: easy, healthy and delicious. And fun for kids (as well as adults)! I can't imagine being without a juicer. Thanks for sharing.


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Good to see you here, Alecia! Thanks for the positive comment. Glad you liked the hub. You are right. I have become so used to fresh juice, that I can't stand the taste of processed drinks or soda. We simply don't keep those in our home any longer. It's has just become a no-no we don't even think about any further.


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks for your wonderful comment, Tammy! Happy to help. You won't look back, once you start juicing. Just make sure you have a machine with a powerful motor and one that is easy to clean. Make it as easy and quick for yourself as possible. There is nothing that beats the goodness of freshly made veggie/fruit juice. No bottled product can come close.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Forget about kids - I am going to bookmark this hub for myself. I hate eating vegetables. I am going to try these recipes to help me get some more nutrition in my diet. Thanks for sharing! Voted up!


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Loved your comment, Jeannieinabottle! I think there are many adults who will agree with you! It really is just so much easier to chuck a plateful of veggies into the juicer. And if you don't like eating them, so much the better. A glass of juice goes down in a jiffy! And, who knows, it may even give you a taste for the stuff in time! Enjoy! Thanks for the vote!


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Hi Rika! I love this hub, it is filled with great tips and useful information. Thank you for sharing this, Voted Up!


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robie2 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

I've never tried juicing, but I've been thinking about it lately and I'm bookmarking this hub with all its useful information with gratitude to you. I'm eating a lot more salad and more fruit than I used to and I really feel great which is what is making me think about juicing..... you never know, I just may give it a try.


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks for the vote and the visit, Curiad! As you know by now, veggie juicing is a passion of mine. Can't imagine being without it. And I love sharing the tips I have been discovering and picking up along the way.


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Good to see you here, robie2! You won't look back once you start juicing! It just is the easiest way to up your intake of a wide variety of fresh goodies. Sounds like you are already well on the way to healthy eating, so I hope you manage to add this to the mix! Happy juicing!:-)


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks for stopping by and for your very positive feedback, racksjackson! Really appreciate it. I am now following you too! Thanks for being a fan!


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Betty Reid 4 years ago from Texas

Yum. I make a strawberry smoothie almost every morning. I'll have to try it with ground flaxseed or nuts!


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks for stopping by, Betty! I appreciate your comment. Yes, a strawberry smoothie is yum! And you will get a really healthy dose of vitamin C. What I do if I don't have ground flaxseed, is to soak the seeds in a bit of hot water overnight. Then I add it (with the water) while blending my smoothie in the morning. Makes them soft and their nutrients more accessible.


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

useful share, my wife likes all the tips, thanks


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Lastheart 4 years ago from Borik√©n the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

This really sounds juicy. Thanks for sharing.


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Great to see you here, Lastheart! Yes, it sure is juicy - I have such a passion for juicing.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Hi my co-South-African, rsusan! This hub goes straight to my personal recipe book. Can't wait to try out those recipes :)

I hope you are fine, my friend. Spring is in the air and I wish you only the best of health and happiness :)


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Lekker om jou hier te sien, Martie! Yes, these recipes are great and the kids will love them! Easy to prepare too. Thanks for your valued input and kind words.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Thanks for providing this very helpful information.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Juicing is the "Meal of champions!" :)


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Good to see you here, Daisy! If you can use the tips and recipes, I am more than happy! Enjoy!


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Linda! So glad you popped in! Yes, the meal of champions! I can't imagine a day without freshly made juice. If you could just see the pile of goodies our juicer gobbles up every time... There is no easier way to up our intake of fruits and vegetables.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Great advice and ideas! anything that is healthy is a great alternative to the easy options. I recently bought a new mixer and juicer, now I have to try them out! lol!


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks for stopping by, Nell! Enjoying trying out your new juicer! It is fun to experiment with new combinations. I would be lost without my juicer.

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