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It’s no news that kids are picky eaters. From making faces to throwing tantrums, there’s not much that a child won’t do just to avoid eating certain foods. Parents on the other hand, however, try everything just to get their children to pick up a piece of fruit or a vegetable. And when they don’t, parents are worried that their kids are not getting the nutrition that is required for healthy growth and development.

The vitamins and minerals present in fruits and vegetables are essential in building the foundation of mental and physical development for a child. But if it’s the boring old look of the fruits and veggies that’s making your child frown, why not try something different but equally nutritious? 

Doctors and nutritionists say that children can be given these vegetables and fruits in the form of juice. Since Juice is a favourite among kids, you won’t be hearing a NO anytime soon. This is especially great for kids (and adults) who don’t eat enough of the actual fruits and vegetables.

Juices are a great source of energy and have all the essential nutrients required for the development of the body and mind. For example - carrot juice provides Vitamin A and the orange juice provides Vitamin C. All these make juices an ideal drink for growing kids who are picky about their food.

It is recommended to have 2 servings of fruit and 3 servings of vegetables on a daily basis making it a total of 5 servings of fruits and veggies. But according to a study, the average intake is only 3.5 servings. One cup of fruit juice counts as one fruit serving in the nutritional pyramid. So you can start your child’s day with a glass of juice along with the regular breakfast and another glass of juice during snack time. Additionally, fruit juices that are fortified with additional vitamins and calcium help to boost overall nutritional intake in growing bodies.

Make sure you don't confuse natural fruit and vegetable juices for those made with added sugars, artificial blends and sweeteners. In this age of rushed lifestyle, many of us may not easily find the time and energy to make the juice ourselves. Thus, we may not be able to ensure that we get all the nutrients we need. But there is a choice of ready-to-consume healthy juices available in the market.

I trust and recommend Tropicana Essentials juice as they contain NO added sugar, preservatives or colour. It is packed with essential nutrients like Iron, Calcium, Vitamins and Minerals making it beneficial for the entire family. It might be difficult to convince your kids to eat more than a bowl full of fruits and vegetables in a day but when it comes to juiced fruits and veggies, they don’t need a lot of convincing.

One glass(200 ml) of Tropicana Essentials fruit & veggies have the juice of 1 serve of fruit and veggies each. It contains the juice of apples, carrots and beetroot and is fortified with added nutrients. Similarly, 1 serving of Tropicana Essentials IRON has as much iron as in 100g of spinach which is 15% of the RDA of Iron. This juice contains apple, carrot, mango, orange, pineapple, and banana. Apart from iron, the juice also contains additional nutrients like Vitamin A and C.

While juice should not be thought of as a replacement for whole fruits and vegetables, fruit and vegetable juice does help to complement an overall healthy diet. The average intake of fruits and veggies is only 3.5 while it is recommended to have 5 servings per day. This, in turn, creates an average deficiency of 1.5. But 1 serving of Tropicana Essentials Fruits and Veggies is equal to consuming 1 serving of the recommended fruit and veggies intake per day. You won’t have to worry about your child not getting enough nutrition with juices in the mix.Tropicana Essentials Juice is a heart-healthy drink for your entire family!

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