Cookbook author and food blogger Jessica Fisher has a new book out called, ‘Best 100 Juices For Kids.’ It includes yummy drink ideas without the sugar, corn syrup, and artificial flavors. Seventy of the 100 recipes are for juices, 45 fruit-based and 25 vegetable-based. The remaining 30 feature smoothies, including several dairy-free recipes, and “sparklies,” which are club-soda–based carbonated drinks. She confesses that she used to be a “soda pop junkie” and would drink a minimum of one soda every day. Read my interview with Jessica (also a mom of six!) and find out more about her juice book and family life:
How did the concept of Best 100 Juices For Kids come about? Was it because you bought a juicer and wanted to experiment?
I originally became interested in juicing because the produce box I receive each week was overflowing with fruit that ripened more quickly than we could eat it up. The idea of making juices for the whole family just naturally flowed from that.
You have 6 children! What are their names and ages?
I don’t share my children’s names in order to preserve their privacy. They are aged 17, 14, 12, 10, 8, and 6. We had four boys and then two girls. I love having a large family.
And you homeschool! How do you have time to do that? Are you on a rigid schedule daily?
Since I’ve taught my kids at home since the very beginning, we don’t really know any different. It’s just been part of what we do. Our schedule varies depending on what is on the calendar, but the homeschool day is actually pretty relaxed. We don’t have to catch the bus or start at a specific time and my kids can eat breakfast while they study.
Can you share a typical day for you?
No two days are the same. However I wake around five each morning so that I have a couple hours to myself before the family wakes up. Study hours go from about 9 to 3 with play breaks and lunch. I work in the afternoons and evenings while the kids play. I hit the hay by 10 most evenings.
Please share a juice recipe that includes a vegetable. I would love to try it!
From the book, which recipes are your family’s favorites?
FishKids’ Fave, of course! And the Orange Cream Smoothie is another special favorite.
I plan to buy a juicer soon but I am reluctant to clean it! Isn’t it a pain to do or am I being lazy?
As I mention in the book, there are several tricks to making the machine easy to clean. Lining the pulping basket with a plastic bag makes it effortless. Just don’t let it sit!
Were there recipes you tried and you thought, “yuck!”?
We had one that tasted like wood. That one didn’t make it into the book.
Why did you start a blog ( Life as Mom and Good (Cheap) Eats).
I started Life as MOM as an outlet for writing and wanting to encourage other moms. I remember having many little ones and feeling so overwhelmed. I could have used an older voice telling me it was going to be all right. Good Cheap Eats was an overflow from Life as MOM. I wanted to write more about food, so I started a second blog as a platform for all that food talk.
As a fellow blogger, I know it’s hard to gain traffic, do you have any secrets to growing your readers?
I don’t have any secrets. I think it’s just important to be real, to be you. If you weren’t, it would be hard to maintain the facade. People like having someone they can relate to. I know I do.
You live in San Diego, it’s great weather there! What does the family do for fun?
The best things in life — and in San Diego — are free. We like going to the beach, riding bikes, and hiking.
Do you have any goals you want to share?
We saved our pennies for two years in order to take the kids to France last fall. We’re really looking forward to going back again.
I chose this juice to share from “Best 100 Juices For Kids” because it has veggies in it.
Makes 15 to 20 ounces
2 medium apples
2 medium carrots
1 rib celery
4 leaves red Swiss Chard
2 handfuls Spinach
2 handfuls curly endive
1 (1/4 to 1/2 inch) slice fresh ginger
1. Core the apples. Trim the carrots and celery
2. Juice the apples, carrots, celery, chard, spinach, endive, and ginger according to the directions on your juicing machine. Whisk to combine.
3. Add water to taste if you or your children prefer a milder juice.