Magic Mango Juice
Makes about 2 cups (500 mL)
Kids adore this delicious blend of sweet and tangy fruit with a slight kick from fresh ginger. Mangos are loaded with more than 20 different vitamins and minerals, including an abundance of provitamin A, carotenoids such as beta- and alpha-carotene, and vitamin C. Oranges are also an excellent source of vitamin C, and are great for bolstering children’s immune systems while providing antioxidant protection. Pears provide copper and vitamins C and K.
To prepare a mango for juicing, cut a small slice from the top and bottom of the fruit to make flat ends. Stand mango upright on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut off on all four sides the flesh surrounding the large seed in the middle. Slide a tablespoon between the skin and meat of the mango to remove the flesh. Cut into halves for juicing.
4 oranges, peeled and quartered
1 mango, peeled, quartered and pitted (see Tips)
1 pear, quartered
1 1-inch (2.5 cm) piece peeled gingerroot (see Juice Guru’s Tip, below)
1 Using a juicer, process half each of the oranges, mango and pear, plus the ginger. Following the same order, repeat with the remaining oranges, mango and pear. Whisk well and serve immediately.
Juice Guru’s Tip
While some kids love the taste of ginger, others may find it too intense. When introducing ginger to your child, it’s a good idea to start slowly, beginning with about a 1⁄4-inch (0.5 cm) piece. As he or she gets used to the taste, you can increase the quantity.