Saturday, September 8, 2012

Feel Inside (and stuff like that)

Juicing Part Two is supposed to be the post for today but it got bumped. That's because something lovely happened that I had to show you.

Flight of the Conchords have released a song for charity. It has to be one of the most endearing music videos I've watched. You have to watch the prelude of them interviewing the children to get the full benefit of the content.

Children are so simple and honest. Some of the things they say blow you away. These will make you laugh; they might even bring a tear to your eye.

The children said sick kids need juice, ice cream and pizza. So here's my contribution; changing the ingredients but keep the items on the menu.

Juice: skip the supermarket stuff, if you can. If not, buy juice that has no sugar or preservatives added. Preferably make your own juice. The simplest is to squeeze your own citrus - at the moment citrus trees are dripping with lemons, oranges and grapefruit. If you don't have any, gather up some courage and ask a neighbour who lets theirs drop on the ground and rot.

If the juice is too tart (and grapefruit can make your mouth pucker), stir in a bit of honey. Children are used to over-sweet juice so help them out a bit and make it palatable. If they don't like the 'bits' in it, strain it. You don't want a fight; you want them to drink it.

If you've got a juicer - great! Juice apples, add a green or two and call it Superman Juice, Kermit, Pretty Princess...whatever it takes to make them want it. You can juice a wee bit of beetroot to make a fabulous pink; just a little bit and some apple to cover the earthy taste and you've got a winner. Call it Rubies for the girls and Pirate Blood for the boys.

Add sparkling water if you want 'fizzy' - lemonade kind of defeats the purpose.

Ice Cream: buy very ripe bananas or wait until the yellow has some brown bits on the skin (this makes them sweeter). Peel, chop into four or five pieces and freeze. Vanilla - whizz frozen chunks of banana with 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence, 1 teaspoon honey and a wee bit of milk, yoghurt or water to make an ice cream consistency. Eat. That's it. Super easy.

Chocolate: add 1 or 2 tablespoons of cocoa. Add a few drops of peppermint essence for ChocoMint. Lemon & Coconut: zest and juice of one lemon, and a small handful of coconut. Ditto for Orange  or  Lime.  Stir through any choice of fruit for Fruity Ice Cream.  And don't forget Chocolate Chips!

Pizza: there is such a thing a raw pizza but that's for another day - it's not a quick meal to make. So make it a homemade pizza with as many toppings made from scratch as you can. This way you will avoid preservatives etc often in bought jars and packets.

Serve with whatever salad items your child likes. Match with your beautiful juice, give them raw ice cream for dessert and you've just made one heck of a healthy meal for your darling children, whether they're sick or not.




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