Six year old POD has always been a good eater so we’ve been lucky in that respect. She loves broccoli, peas and carrots especially and there are an abundance of fruits she enjoys like bananas, apples, raspberries, strawberries and melon. Tomatoes and cucumber are also firm favourites too. POD has school lunches during the week with the rest of her meals at home. She gets the recommended daily allowance of 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day most of the time. Of course the amount of food a child needs varies depending many factors like age, body size and physical activity. As a rough guide, one child portion should be measured as the amount of fruit or vegetables that can fit in the palm of their hand. But latest nutrition research suggests children should have double that. So how do we make sure our children are getting enough of the good stuff?
POD is pretty active in that she scoots to and from school every day plus she has swimming, gymnastics and Stagecoach performance arts too. She has masses of energy and just like everyone else, needs a good breakfast before we leave the house in the morning. Typically this is a cereal like Special K, Weetabix or Shreddies. She enjoys having raspberries, strawberries or sliced banana on her Special K or Weetabix although it’s not a daily thing.
We find the best thing to do to ensure she gets one of her 5 a day at breakfast is to have a 150ml glass of 100% pure orange juice. Despite rarely eating oranges (even if they’re cut into nice segments) she loves orange juice with all the bits. Having a #FruitJuiceBoost is a super easy way to kick off her day and it’s one of her 5 (or 10!) a day too. Unlike oranges, I have no trouble at all getting her to drink pure orange juice!
It’s so easy to get a 150ml glass of pure orange juice into POD, it’s become part of her daily routine. On the rare occasions we run out of pure orange juice and POD can’t have it for breakfast, she’ll have some after school while we’re doing her homework or with a well balanced meal for dinner. We can always pick up a carton of 100% pure orange juice from the local shop or the supermarket so she never goes a day without her serving.
The benefits of drinking one 150ml serving of 100% pure orange juice as part of a healthy, balanced diet are huge. It provides 100% of her RDA of vitamin C, which is great for boosting her immune system, with nutrients like potassium and folates helping with cell and muscle tissue repair. Consuming fruit juice also helps with absorbing iron-rich foods too like some fortified cereals, beans, pulses, spinach and kale. To find out more, head over to the FAQ’s section of the Fruit Juice Association website.
What’s been brilliant about POD drinking a 150ml glass of 100% pure juice every day is that we drink more too. And we feel much better for it as well. So here’s to having a #FruitJuiceBoost every day. If you’re not doing it, why not give it a try?
Disclaimer: I’m working in a paid relationship with the British Fruit Juice Association on their #FruitJuiceBoost campaign. Discover the benefits of 100% fruit juice in your children’s diet.