As adults, it is still quite difficult to achieve a change to a more healthy diet containing the additional fruits and vegetables that nutritionists, scientists and the government are telling us, almost daily it seems, is what we must do to ensure our long-term health. We can understand the reasons why we are being told to make this change, but for our children, it is much more difficult when there are so many temptations and so much more pressure from friends to choose things that really are not good for them.
If your children are like mine, they come in at the end of their school day as if they are starving! All they want is a snack to fill them up again before they set off to go to after school clubs or to play with their friends. Given a choice, fruit is not the first thing on their list, they would rather have some biscuits or cake. Choosing a healthy option is not the first thing on their minds at all but by making a smoothie in a smoothie maker gives them so many excellent nutrients in one glass!
All children enjoy a glass of fruit juice. If you have a juicer at home, you will know that you are giving them a drink packed full of vitamins from freshly squeezed fruit. However, even though juice is great and much, much better than a fizzy drink, juice does not have the goodness of the whole fruit because all the pulp containing fibre, antioxidants and other nutrients remains in the juicer.
By using your home smoothie maker you will save money as the cost is a tiny fraction of the ready-made smoothies sold in stores and the result will be a drink, packed full of vital antioxidants that protect us from free radicals, plus all the vitamins and minerals contained in the fruit juice itself. There is also another great benefit to digestive systems and that is the soluble and insoluble fibre from the fruit pulp.
Some very serious conditions of the digestive system may be preventable by ensuring an adequate intake of insoluble fibre. Constipation is at best a minor inconvenience, at worst, extremely uncomfortable and increases the risk of developing piles, sometimes known as haemorrhoids if we have to strain when we go to the toilet. In the long term, cancer, particularly of the bowel or colon may occur.
If you find that you suffer from that ‘slump’ of energy in the middle of the afternoon when all you really want is something sweet as a ‘pick me up’, then the soluble fibre in a smoothie will really help. It has a regulating effect on blood sugar levels and also has a lowering effect on cholesterol levels.
So in summing up, if we make it easy for our children, and ourselves, to make the right healthy choices about our diets – and where our children are concerned, get them doing this from an early age, we will be well on the way to preventing many of the serious health problems that beset so many people in later life. It might not sound like it, but a smoothie maker can be a really valuable asset in making the healthy choice, the delicious choice and therefore the acceptable choice.
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