In our house, we do not routinely have juice. I do not own a juicing machine, and I do not feed my toddler juice. Not even all natural 100% organic local juice or oil infused "health" juice. Now let me be clear, I also do not think you are a terrible mother if you do feed your toddler juice. Please do not even begin to feel inadequate if you choose to drink juice in your house, because I know you love your children and want to do what is best for them. The American culture loves to make moms feel so guilty over what we feed out children. I would hate to come over and you are hiding the juice boxes from me as if it is whiskey for kids.
I honestly have not seen a lot of articles written on juice in young children, and what I do see, touts the great benefits of juice. Let's just talk about why I don't give my toddler juice and still be great friends.
Anna's Recipe: Fresh Pesto Pasta Salad
I have a friend who is really amazing. We have been friends since 6th grade, the awkward years. It was rough on both of us, but it created a friendship that has lasted (and hopefully the awkward years have not). We went to different colleges with different goals in mind, but both ended up majoring in dietetics and becoming registered dietitians. She also got a culinary degree. Unlike me who just knows how to eat, she knows how to make food taste amazing! She does it effortlessly. And the best part is, she has graciously agreed to share with us a few of her secrets! Also, did I mention she is a superstar in the food industry and a super mom who travels regularly for work bringing her one year old son with her when she travels? Yeah, Anna will get off an 8 hour plane ride from Italy with her one year old in tow and bust out an amazing meal like this:
Nutrition from the dietitian
Blog of Abrea Nutrition.