Have you noticed how many of the purported “healthy” beverages for your children, juice included, is loaded down with EXTRA sugar? You would think the natural sugars that come from using real fruits in your juice, would be enough. The search at the grocery store is not easy. Trying to find the right beverages for your children, that don't contain all of those nasty ingredients, can be a pain in the rear end!
Syfy, being almost 4 years old, is a very active child. He has most likely inherited both his parents' (me and my hubby) ADHD tendancies, but we'll never actually go and find out from a Doctor. I believe that diet, exercise, patience, and love are really the answers to today's “problems” with ADHD. With Silas, I am able to clearly see a a direct link to his behavior and what I have just put in his mouth. When we buy orange juices, punches, and the likes, we see his orneryness come out, and the tantrums start to roll in. When I started giving him Little Me Tea (this drink that is a combination of chamomile tea, roobois tea, and actual fresh juice of fruits and veggies) his behavior instantly changed, showing me that the sugar in his diet was affecting him.
I really loved giving him the tea, but I just couldn't afford to buy it as often as he liked to drink it. After spending way more money than I wanted to on it, I finally broke down and decided to come up with a recipe for my own healthy beverage to give to Silas, that didn't cost me an arm and a leg. This drink is so versatile that you can cater it to any of your children's tastes (or allergies, as the case may be)! The sky is the limit!
If you do not have a juicer, you can always do this recipe with citrus juice. A little hand citrus juicer is really cheap at any grocery store, OR you can even get as old school as I do when I don't want to clean mine…cut the citrus in half and use the pokey end of a fork as your juicer, it works!
The Hippy Homemaker's Flower Child Refreshment Tea
- fruit & veggies (to juice in a juicer, I will give you a list down below of great ones to juice)
- 3-4 tea bags (or TBSP if it's loose leaf tea) non-caffinated herbal tea
- 2 cups boiling hot water
- honey (optional, some fruits like lemons can be very tart and need a little bit of sweetener added. Only use raw unfiltered honey, because it's extremely healthy for you as opposed to the other)
- 2 QT jug (bigger or smaller is fine too, this isn't an exact science)
- ice or cold filtered water
- In the bottom of your 2 QT jug (or loose leaf tea contraption, if you have one), steep the tea in the two cups boiling hot water (if you are a tea snob…180 degrees lol) for 5-8 minutes.
- While tea is steeping, juice fruits and vegetables.
- Strain tea and combine with fresh juice. If using honey to sweeten, stir into hot tea before combining with juice.
- Add plenty of ice and fill to the top with cold filtered water.
- Shake or stir well, serve and enjoy!
TastyFruit/Vegetable Tea Combinations
- 3 apples, 2 carrots, handful of berries with Rishi Hibiscus Berry Herbal Tea
- tea/lemonade – combine Tazo Passion Tea with the juice of 6 lemons and healthy sweetener
- 1 pineapple, 2 carrots, 1 small finger size of ginger with Rishi Tangerine Ginger Herbal Tea
- 3 apples, 2 carrots, 1 beet with Rishi Cinnamon Plum Herbal Tea
- 2 apples, 1 sweet potato, handful of grapes with Rishi Cinnamon Plum Herbal Tea
- 2 oranges, 2 carrots, 1 lime, chamomile tea
- lemon balm, lavender, chamomile, several clementines or tangerines (this makes a great bed time blend!)
What kinds of combinations can you come up with?