Nutritional Gap Fillers

Depending upon the day we all have had, either the unbalanced food choices or lack of time and planning we all have days where we are missing key nutrients. Just yesterday I was thinking about this topic not only for adults but especially our children. We are helping our kids establish their eating habits now for their lives. Trust me I am not trying to add-on more “mom guilt” that we all experience for something at least once a day. But I know we could all use some “nutritional gap fillers” every now and then, along with our kids.

One great and easy way to get additional veggies and fruits in our diet is a smoothie or juice in the afternoon. Now I am not talking about a smoothie with ice cream or frozen yogurt as the base or store bought juice loaded with extra sugar and a whole host of ingredients that we can barely pronounce. No, I am talking a simple smoothie with fruits and veggies, ice, Greek yogurt or coconut milk (if you like it creamier) or if you have a juicer making fresh juice with an assortment of fruits and veggies (and if you don’t own a juicer you can always blend up your fruits and veggies – it just won’t be as smooth but I would still give it a try.)

I have started afternoon juice with my kids. Their favorite right now includes green apples, carrots, oranges, cucumber and fresh ginger. This simple juice is packed full of vitamin C, A, K, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, and anti-inflammatory properties. So today I urge you to fill your nutritional gaps by making a quick smoothie or juice with fresh in season ingredients.

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