One of the decisions I made earlier this year is to reduce as much as possible, my families consumption of fizzy pops, KoolAids, Caprisun, Tang and all such drinks and to replace them with fresh, healthier options.
Initially, it was not an easy sell to the children and Dear Himself. I heard a lot of moans and groans to start with, but it caught on right after the first trial run. Now, we bulk purchase a variety of fruits, juice them, mix them, make smoothies out of different blends and bottle to freeze.
The children participate in doing this, from washing the fruits, to peeling, to juicing with the electric juicer….
The process is fun since they get to eat the sweet pulp from the fruits and to label their hard work. Each school morning, a bottle of frozen homemade juice is tossed into their lunch box (it retains its freshness from freezing and would have melted by break time) and they bring back the bottles, rinse it out with warm water and reuse.
The interesting thing is that when we eat out these days, the kids compare the drinks they get outside to the one that we make at home and their verdict is that our’s is better 😉
How do you get your children to assist in the house? I love to learn from others.
© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha