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How to Get Kids to Eat Organic Greens

Now that many of my friends have young children, one thing that I hear from all of them is that “My kids won’t eat any green vegetables.”

This doesn’t surprise me in the least because (a) most kids would rather have french fries than spinach or broccoli; and (b) they have to be taught to like greens at a very, very early age. The good news is that there is an easy solution.

Juicing.

By juicing many of the greens that you want them to eat, they will be receiving a lot more nutrients and minerals than they are presently getting. And, you will probably encounter a lot less resistance from the kids.

Two Key Points to Remember

1) Make the juicing a fun activity. Have them watch as the green vegetables go into the juicer as solid pieces and come out as liquid. This will intrigue and fascinate kids.

2) Make sure that you, the parents, are drinking the green juice. If they see you drinking green juice, they will want some as well.

You could even use some reverse psychology and tell them that they can’t get any green juice unless their behavior is really good. They’ll start to see it as a reward, which it really is.

I love green juice and drink it almost every day. When my body gets very alkaline, I start to absolutely crave green juice in the same way that people crave chocolate or coffee in the morning. It may sound strange but it is absolutely true. My body just wants it.

Believe me, the same could happen to kids as well.

A Few Tips

– Always mix up the greens and don’t use the same combination every single day. To sweeten the juice up, you can also add lemon or apple.

– Try celery juice. Just because celery is not a dark leafy green does not mean it has no value. Celery has tremendous anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.

– There are a few juicers that I recommend. One is the Breville and one is the Green Star.

While it is still important for a child to eat organic greens (for the fiber), juicing is a fantastic way to get them to put green vegetables into their bodies. And at a young age when their bodies are starting to develop, this is critical.

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What’s With These Holes in My Kale?

Ok. Let’s be very, very honest here.

How many times have you been at the market, looked at a piece of organic produce, seen numerous imperfections, and then searched for something that looked a little bit more aesthetically pleasing?

I’m certainly guilty of doing that.

But the question is: Why do we do this?

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Have We Been Misled? 5 Organic Foods That Should Make You Think Twice

I spend an inordinate amount of time learning about the healthiest and newest organic food products available. Through my research at the various trade shows — most notably, Natural Products Expo East and Natural Products Expo West —  talking to industry contacts, roaming supermarket aisles, speaking with as many well-informed food people as I can and reading books, I have come to the following conclusion:

You can take almost any food in the world and some health expert will have something good to say about it while a different health expert will have something bad to say about it.

So, what I do is educate myself as much as I can and then make my own decision about whether I should be eating it or not.

The following five organic foods seem to be the most controversial. While books could be written on all of the foods below and by no means am I covering all of the pros/cons of each, I will try to highlight the most salient points.

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5 Reasons to Eat Organic Apples

In a previous post, I wrote that milk is the most important organic product that a family can buy.

But milk is by no means the only item that people should be concerned about.

The worst offender on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list are apples.

Forbes magazine recently did an excellent piece talking about five reasons to eat organic apples, and I wanted to share the highlights with you and provide commentary. To read the full article, click here.

Reason #1 – The average conventionally grown apple has more pesticide residue on it than any other fruit or vegetable.

Data from the Environmental Working Group showed that 98% of 700 apples tested had pesticides on them and that 48 different pesticides appeared. WOW!!!!

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