Kids drinking Homemade Orange Juice!!

Have you ever tasted fresh squeezed orange juice?

Not the kind that you buy at the store in a pretty carton that reads “freshly squeezed” but the kind that is squeezed from fresh oranges right in your own kitchen?

Well, let me tell you it is super delicious!

Everyone knows that oranges are high in Vitamin C but they are also full of antioxidants, B vitamins, potassium, calcium and folate.

Our family purchased an electric citrus juicer a few years ago for roughly $20 and we have been consuming yummy glasses of golden sunshine ever since!

My children hear the sound of the juicer and they come running like cats to a can of shaken treats.  They want to help juice the oranges, they want to lick the orange halves, they want to climb up on the counter and watch.  I have timed the whole process of making fresh juice for my family from cutting the oranges to serving the juice- it only takes about 6 minutes, unless my children are helping in which case it can take a lot longer. :)

As for the cost of oranges I have found the worst deal is to purchase oranges in a netted bag for an outrageous price of $3-$5 a bag which only contains 8-10 oranges.  I buy my oranges at fruit markets where they are sold separately and for much cheaper.  At one fruit market, I can purchase 9 juice oranges for $1.99, sometimes I will buy a case of oranges that contain 100 oranges for around $18.00.

My point in all of this is that it really is not as costly or time consuming as you may think.  An initial investment in an electric citrus juicer, which by the way can also be used to make fresh lemonade, fresh limeade, fresh grapefruit juice and fresh pomegranate juice is truly worth the $$ bills.

I have seen some models costing as little as $12.00.

I would advise not to invest in the non electric model because it takes a lot longer to juice and the kids cannot use this kind of juice maker, I started with one of these and almost gave up making fresh O.J.

Just an FYI about the store bought orange juice- even the ones that say 100% natural and freshly squeezed-are all pasteurized which means it has been heated to kill any harmful bacteria or microorganisms and to help with spoilage on the shelves.  I agree that we do not want any of this stuff in our morning glass of orange juice, but unfortunately with this process the heat can destroy the enzymes, vitamins and minerals that would naturally be found in the juice.  This is why most cartons say fortified because they have to add the “good stuff” back in.   I am not knocking the store bought orange juice, just trying to inspire you to try juicing your own- it is not hard, it is not expensive and and it does not take a lot of time.  Besides, kids love getting involved and making their own fresh juice!!

I hope this blog has inspired you to at least think about trying fresh orange juice and for those of you who know me- if you ever come to my house I can whip you up a fresh glass in no time!!

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Grapefruits are Great Fruits!!!

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My husband and I have been guzzling down gallons of Pink Grapefruit Juice lately!!!  It has been so yummy!!!  My good friend writes a blog and she posted about Pink Grapefruit Juice -to read her blog click here.  After reading her post I decided to try some fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and to my surprise it was awesome!!!  Now, we still love our fresh squeezed orange juice, but lately we just can’t seem to get enough of this lovely pink citrus juice.  Grapefruits are high in Vitamin C, low in sodium and high in fat burning enzymes!!!  Can we say WOOT! WOOT!  It is also high in lycopene which is what gives it its pink color- lycopene is a phytonutrient that fights free radicals in our bodies.  They also contain limonoids which is another phytonutrient who’s job is to inhibit tumor formation.  It does this by creating a detoxifying enzyme that sparks a reaction in our liver that helps to make toxic compounds in our body more water soluble, which means it can easily be excreted from the body.  Grapefruits are high in pectin which is soluble fiber that helps lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and also triglycerides.  A friend of mine has her dad drinking grapefruit juice every morning-in one months time his blood pressure went from being 150/90 to a normal 120/70!!!  He also lost weight and says he feels great and the only thing he changed in his diet was adding this drink in the morning!!!  WOW!!!  Another awesome thing about grapefruits are that they contain salicylic acid which helps dissolve inorganic calcium found in our bodies!!!  Inorganic calcium is stored in our joints and bones and can lead to arthritis, and grapefruit juice can act like a little cleaner and get all the excess out!!! It is also said to prevent kidney stones and to boost liver enzymes which we need!!!  So this is a powerful citrus fruit that sweeps through our bodies and literally cleans house!!!  How can you not want a grapefruit????

*****DISCLAIMER***** If you are taking any pharmaceutical drugs you must first check with your Dr. or pharmacist before adding grapefruits to your diet.  There are certain drugs that become more potent when mixed with grapefruits or their juice.

Recipes to enjoy your grapefruits!!!

First, if you like the taste of grapefruits then just eat them plain or my daughters all time favorite snack (she will choose this over anything!) is grapefruit with drizzled raw organic honey!!!  YUMMY!!

or

PINK GRAPEFRUIT JUICE

If you own a citrus juicer (see post Orange Juice Anyone?), you can easily juice them very quickly.  You can also hand squeeze them (not as fun though!)  My family uses 6 grapefruits a day!  3 for my husband, 2 for me and 1 for our kids.  My husband likes to drink his with ice and Stevia which is an all natural sweetener.  I like mine juiced with one lemon, Stevia and Acai Berry powder.  My kids like to drink theirs blended with honey and ice.

or

PINK GODDESS SMOOTHIE

2 pink grapefruits

12 big strawberries or 1/2 cup raspberries

1-2 tbsp. of honey

Blend together with ice and sit in the sun with your shades and enjoy!!!

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