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Juicing Badge

(Discover the Health and Fitness)
By Marlene and Katrina Amen

(You may use any higher level requirement as an optional requirement)

 

Penguin: Do 3 requirements including the 2 starred.*

_____1. * Learn basic kitchen safety when washing, cutting, and juicing.

* Get permission from an adult before you use the juice or blender.

* Always be careful when using a knife to cut vegetables or fruits.

* Always use a cutting board, or cutting surface.

* Make sure the juicer or blender is properly assembled by an adult.

*Use ORGANIC fruits and vegetables whenever available.

*A Salad spinner or big bowl (can be used when cleaning the produce).

*Wash fruits and veggies (using 2 teaspoons of diluted hydrogen peroxide in a bowl of water, RINSE, and repeat again.  Water rinses, cleaners - clean!

*To prevent falls, if you can't comfortably reach the juicer plunger, counter top or kitchen table, have a sturdy stool available.

*Tie your hair back so that it does not get in the juice or trapped in the juicer.

*Wear a full apron to prevent stains on your clothing (Optional, but recommended).

* Wash your hands with soap and water before beginning.

* TIP: use a plastic grocery/shopping bag for catching the pulp.  Depending on your style of juicer, the bag keeps the pulp container clean, and in addition, makes it quick and easy to remove and discard or put in your compost or reuse as a food.  (See Butterfly requirements for more info)

*Drink juice slowly as if it were a meal.

_____2. * What are the health benefits of juicing? Know what fruits and vegetables you should not juice.

 

Otter: Do 4 requirements including the 2 starred.*

_____1.* Do Penguin requirements 1 and 2.

_____2.* Pick 3 fruits (such as apples, pineapple, lemon) and 3 vegetables (such as carrots, celery, and cucumber) and with the help of an adult, juice them.  Adjust the amount of the fruits or vegetables to your taste preferences.

 

Dolphin: Do 5 requirements including the 2 starred.*

_____1.* Do Otter requirements 1 and 2.

_____ 2.* Explain why organic fruits and vegetables are recommended.

 

Butterfly: Do 6 requirements including the 2 starred.*

_____1.* Do Dolphin requirements 1 and 2.

_____2.* Learn the differences between a manual juicer (hand operated like a citrus juicer), a masticating juicer, (wheatgrass juicer), and a centrifugal juicer ( a general juicer), and the Vitamix. What are the upsides and downsides of each. (A helpful website for this is the all-about-juicing.com website.)

 

Eagle: Do 7 requirements including the 2 starred.*

_____1.* Do Butterfly requirements 1 and 2.

_____2.* Research Store bought drinks (pasteurized) vs freshly juiced:  Is the store bought juice as beneficial as the freshly juiced? If so, why?   If not, why not?

 

Owls:  Do 9 requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1. *  Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2

_____ 2. *  Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone.   You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.   If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.

 

Optional requirements

_____3. Find out how long can you keep juice before it loses its nutrients?

_____4. Explain why some veggie drinks can give some people a stomach ache.

_____5. How do you use the pulp? Find at least one recipe using juice pulp. Go to http://www.all-about-juicing.com/juicer-pulp-recipes.html to find out more.

_____6. What is the difference between blending and juicing? Try making juice with a blender and comparing it with juice made from a juicer. What are the taste differences? What is the difference in nutrition?

_____7. Visit your local Farmer’s Market or Organic Produce Section and be able to tell which produce items can be juiced and which cannot.

_____8. Select 2 fruits and 3 vegetables and find out the health benefits each.

_____8. Juice one of the following combinations and enjoy over ice:

LEMONADE

2 Apples (Fuji, Gala, Golden delicious) Not Granny Smith - too sour!

1/3 of a Lemon (wax free with rind on, OR remove rind but leave the pith (the white part)

Juice together and pour over ice.  Enjoy!

DOCTOR'S SECRET

1 Apples

1 Carrot

1 Celery Stalk

BEAUTIFUL BEET

1 Apples

3 Carrots

2 Beets

1 inch of Ginger

 

_____9 .* Learn about different” boosts” to add to your juice including Spirulina, Wheat Grass, and Friendly bacteria (probiotics).

_____10. Check out the website www.all-about-juicing.com

_____11. Talk to or read about someone whom juicing has made an impact on their life.

_____12. Talk to or read about someone who is using juicing to make a living.

_____13. Earn the Organic Foods badge or the Nutrition  badge.

_____ 14.  Participate in a community service project that has to do with juicing.  You might make pamphlets educating the public about the health benefits of juicing, volunteer at a farmer's market and give samples of fresh juice, or teach younger kids about juicing.