ItIt’s that time again. The kids are going back to school. Gone are the days of the backyard parties, picnics in the park and cooling off at the pool. Now is the time of year you have to dial back their bedtimes, and start getting your children serious about learning and in gear for that next grade.
You assemble a list and busily scurry around, making sure they have everything they need. Notebooks…check! Pencils…check! Awesome new clothes…check! Getting to bed “early” so they aren’t late the first day…check! You take care of everything to make sure your children start school on the right foot.
But did you forget something? It’s not just pencils, books and cool clothes that make a child successful in school. Getting your kids the right nutrition can make a huge difference in their focus and even their smarts. Studies show that feeding your kids better nutrition can influence their cognitive ability and intelligence levels. Improving the quality of your children’s diets can actually result in their being on task more often and help increase their math and reading test scores.
Proper nutrition helps your child show up at school on time ready to learn. And because your kids will be healthier, they are likely to have fewer absences.
Now that you know how important good nutrition is to your kids’ performance in school, ask yourself: When was the last time your child had his or her full serving of leafy greens? If your child is like most school kids, the answer might range from never to sometime last month.
This year, get your children into a habit of having a fresh juice every day. You can pack a full day’s serving of vitamins and minerals in a single drink. It’s best if they have it first thing in the morning on a completely empty stomach and at least 20 minutes before breakfast. But no matter when they have one, a fresh juice will give them the edge they need to be successful in every way this school year (and in life).
Need a good recipe to ease your kiddos into juicing? Try this easy recipe. It tastes like pure apple juice, but it’s full of the healthy greens they need to be healthy, strong and focused this school year.
Turn Over a New Leaf Elixir
- 4 Apples (Fuji are great for this juice)
- 1 cup fresh Kale or Spinach (or combine them)
- Through a juicer, press half the apples and half the kale and/ or spinach. Repeat in this order with the remaining fruits and vegetables.
- Gently stir and serve immediately.
*Juice Guru Tip: It may seem like a big job to juice fresh apples for your kids when you can so easily buy a bottle of apple juice at your local supermarket. Our lives can be very busy. But keep in mind that a juice a day is one of the best things you can do to help your child grow healthy and strong. And while the processed variety is rich in sugar, fresh apples are blood-sugar regulators. Apple juice in a jar has also lost most of its vitamins and minerals, but this fresh juice is brimming with nutrients that have anti-asthma, anti-cancer and other important benefits for your babes.
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