Eat Smart Recipe: A Big Glass of Vitamin A (Juicing while Pregnant)

From the iBirth App Kitchen: Recipes for Vegetable Juice Spritzers
One great way to get more fresh fruits and veggies is to juice. If you have never tried juicing, I encourage you to give it a shot {see what I did there?}. The taste difference between bottled juices and fresh juice is incredible. Bottled juice is pasteurized, so most of the nutrients have been depleted and many of these drinks contain added sugar {Booooo!}.

Most likely, we all intend to eat more veggies, but let’s face it, sometimes it just doesn’t happen as often as we would like. Juicing is a great way to pack a bunch of nutrients in a glass. Kids usually love fresh juice too and will often drink fruits and veggies they would never eat whole. And besides, it’s mesmerizing to see such bright colored liquids coming out of solid vegetables! It’s like making edible art with the kiddos.

Enjoy a Big Glass of Vitamin A 

VitaminACarrots are one of the easiest and most tasty vegetables to juice. Carrots are full of beta-carotene, which our bodies easily change into Vitamin A. This vitamin promotes healthy eyesight, helps prevent & fight viral infections, promotes rich blood & does wonders for the skin. Recommended daily allowance for pregnant women is 770 mcg and the safest form of Vitamin A in pregnancy is beta-carotene.

Here are two great recipes for vegetable spritzers. Try them out, they are so refreshing!

Carrot-Cantaloupe Cooler

Ingredients:
4 carrots
About 6 oz. cantaloupe (approx. 1/2 cantaloupe)
Splash plain seltzer water (optional)
To Prepare:
Wash & trim the carrots and cut them into 2-3 in. pieces. Cut the cantaloupe into strips. Process the carrot pieces and melon, rind and all, in the juicer.
Add a splash of seltzer water, if desired.
Adapted from: The Juiceman’s Power of Juicing Book

Fruit & Carrot Juice Spritzer

Ingredients:
1 nectarine or peach
3 small apples
1 very large carrot (or 3 normal sized)
Plain seltzer water
Wash all fruits & carrots and cut into pieces your juicer can handle. Alternate juicing the soft fruits with the apple & carrot pieces.
Pour the juice between two tall glasses filled with ice, add seltzer to fill, give them a stir and serve.
Adapted from: SparkPeople user CAPECODJEWEL
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