Is it true that a family that juices together stays together? We suppose juice may help, but if there’s one thing the Webb family doesn’t need is an extra way connect. Henderson-based Ruth and Ryan Webb’s decision to parent by example provides a strong backbone for their three young sons, and their united dedication to good health (and to incorporating juice into their sons’ Littleton lives) is why they’re our first family in the “Friends Who Juice” format.
And “family time”… in Las Vegas? It can be done and done well. You just need the right song in your heart. And these folks do.
Meet the Webbs.
Our family has…5 family members: Ryan (dad), Ruth (mum), Spencer (son), Ayden (son), and Emmett (son). And the names of all the people in our house who drink cold-pressed juice are…Ryan, Ruth, Spencer (age 6), and Ayden (turns 3 this December).
We used to live in…St. George, Utah, and we moved here to stay in… February 2013.
What brought our family to “Las Vegas” with our residence in Henderson was…Ryan’s job opportunity in public accounting. What has kept us here…are the career opportunities for both of us; the great restaurants and endless things to do; the warm weather; and that we love the proximity to our family in Utah along with being closer to California’s beaches and theme parks without the California taxes.
In our family’s experience, the biggest misconception about living in Las Vegas is…that the Las Vegas Strip, with its gambling and night life, seems to define Las Vegas as not being family friendly.
…Yet the thing we love most about living here is…the abundance of family-friendly activities and events. For example, our community of Inspirada has ongoing community events, three community pools and four parks. We have a pass to the Discovery Museum for hot summer days but really enjoy exploring all the wonderful outdoor parks scattered across the Las Vegas and Henderson areas.
If we had to pick a daily mantra or a quote our family tries to live by, it would be…“Forever and For Always, No Matter What.” To us this means we are in the good times and the rough times together. Spencer and Ayden especially like to round up in a family football-style huddle, put our hands together in the middle of the huddle and scream, “Team Webb!”
If we had to pick a theme song for our family, it would be…Singing in the Rain,by Gene Kelly. YouTube it and you’ll feel the fun and energy of getting through life’s challenges with a smile, some singing and [some] dancing. Everyone needs that.
Something we strive to instill in our children is…the value of each person as a child of God.
Something our parents did with us as kids that we swore we’d NEVER do (and we don’t!) is…drink a lot of soda pop.
The greatest thing about raising a family in the desert is…not having to live in the snow but still being able to travel and play in it. It is a real blessing during busy times of year at work to have weather that allows us to be able to still play outside in the evenings.
On staying a healthy family in Las Vegas...
When people ask me (Ryan) where I work and what I do, I tell them…I work for Stewart, Archibald & Barney, a local public accounting firm as a certified public accountant (CPA) performing mostly audits.
When people ask me (Ruth) where I work and what I do, I tell them…I work for Dr. Kenneth Hill, DDS, as a dental hygienist and help individuals have a confident smile.
No matter how busy we get as a family, this is what we do to make sure we eat healthy meals during the week: We plan ahead on the weekends, make a run to Trader Joe’s and Costco, and gab a few juices from TJS. We make it a point to eat packed lunches, which we fill with the right choices during the school/work week rather than eating out.
The fruit and vegetable you’ll always find in our kitchen are…apples and broccoli.
The lead-by-example things we do to teach our kids the import of good health are…letting them help us make smoothies and juice on weekends. They love picking out the fruits and vegetables and watching the whole process. We have also recently joined an athletic club that has a day care for the kids. They know that while they are playing in the kids room, we are working out. We hope this will create a workout culture in our family over the years.
The Webb family on juice…
The reason we drink cold-pressed juice is because…we know we need it for our health; plus, the more we drink it the more we have acquired a taste for it. (Some of our friends don’t believe us when we say it’s yummy!)
The reason we drink TJS’s cold-pressed juice is because…the company uses ingredients we can trust. TJS makes juicing more convenient in our busy and crazy lives. Oh yeah: We really enjoy thenut milks like Bee Happy and Bee Excellent along with the smoothies, so those really keep us coming back for more.
This is how our family incorporates cold-pressed juice into our lifestyle: The boys like watching us make juices at home, so that’s how we started. We really only have time for that on weekends. Since finding TJS, we have made it part of our family outings to do taste testing at TJS and let the boys pick a juice to bring home. Once we are home we open one at a time and all share them over the next couple days until they are gone and then we start over. We (Ryan and Ruth) will take TJS’s drinks with us to work. So that’s how we do it.
The first time our kids drank green juice…Spencer thought it was interesting and he was very curious. He started liking it very quickly. Ayden thought it was gross and we had to ease him into it, especially the ones with ginger.
The only person in our house who won’t drink green juice is… well: Emmett, of course, because he is only 6 months old.
True or false: Making juice at home is a royal pain in the butt. TRUE!
The funniest thing that ever happened to one of us while drinking juice OR when one of us was doing a juice cleanse, was…well, we won’t go there: we had one child in diapers and one potty training when we started juicing. (Need we say more?)
Our family’s advice to a newbee juicer is…to drink small amounts, often, until you acquire a taste. That combined with the way you feel as you juice and live healthy will fuel your passion for more.
(Did someone say “passion?”)