Did you know we love to Juice? It’s not hard to spot, really, and we had a great question posted on a comment on our Facebook page from Tiphanie CaRoline Rix, who said… “We love juicing and just bought a juicer. We wanted to juice 2 times a day, but found it VERY expensive!! We would buy $30-$40 worth of fruit & veggies at Costco and it would barely give us 2-3 days of juice! (We are 3 people and it barely gave us each 1 glass, twice a day) It's winter where I live, so no garden. Any suggestions on how to lower costs and get more juice out if it?” We do indeed Tiphanie!
Everyone should have access to fresh fruits and vegetables to juice - we’re passionate about this. Juicing has recently become one of the most popular diet options for people who want to lose weight quickly while also healing and rejuvenating their bodies. Juicing comes with many benefits, but one of its pitfalls is the fact that purchasing the large amounts of raw, organic fruits and vegetables that are needed to make healthy juice can get expensive. To help defray the cost without losing out on all the good things that come from juicing, keep reading for five tips for juicing on a budget.
It's incredibly frustrating to spend money on produce only to have it go bad before you have an opportunity to use it. To keep yourself from throwing money away, which is what tossing out rotten produce can feel like, try purchasing fruits and vegetables that have a longer shelf life. Produce like Romaine lettuce, carrots, lemons, ginger, green apples, celery, pears, beetroot, oranges and others can all easily last a week or so in the fridge, so you can stock up on long-lasting ingredients and know you're getting your money's worth.
It's almost always less expensive to buy fruits and vegetables that are in season. Focus on apples in the fall and strawberries in the summer, for example. You can even have more fun and save even more money by looking to local farmer's markets and produce stands for what's in season. You'll likely save money when purchasing from these vendors instead of big grocery stores, and you can sometimes get even more of a discount by purchasing day-old produce.
You can still reap the benefits of juicing without drinking juice for every meal. You don't really need to cut out solid food and drink juice for every meal unless you're working with a health condition, so try just starting your day off on the right foot with a tall glass of fresh juice. Your body will still feel great with this one glass, and not only will juicing just once a day make the transition easier, but you'll also save time and your stock of produce will last much longer.
It's important to know that some produce works better for juicing than others. For example, leafy greens and berries, while amazingly good for you, don't really produce much juice, meaning you have to use a lot of them to get even a cup full. To make your juice go further, focus on including produce with high water content, like watermelon, cucumbers, apples, cantaloupe, and honeydew. You don't have to ditch kale or strawberries altogether, as they contain lots of important nutrients, just don't try to make them the main component of your juice, except for on days when that's what you particularly desire!
Growing your own food and skipping the store is one of the best ways to save money. Fruits like lemons and oranges are great for juicing, and you'll save plenty by growing them yourself (provided, of course, you live in a climate that allows for this). Simple vegetables like carrots and cucumbers are even easier to grow and will help you save a fortune while juicing, especially in the long run.
Whether you’ve been juicing for a while now and feel like it's eating away at your budget or you want to start juicing but don't want to suffer financially, keep these five tips in mind to help you use your budget wisely and feel healthier everyday :-)