Juicing is a simple way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your daily diet. Some consider it expensive because it requires purchasing fresh or organic produce, but it is possible to do while sticking to your food budget. While it may take some extra effort and research, juicing and maintaining your pounds is possible. So if you’re interested in getting started, continue reading to learn the basics of juicing!
Benefits of Juicing
Health professionals recommend eating two whole fruits and three to four vegetables a day.1 One of the simplest ways to achieve this is by juicing — especially if you’re big into fruits and vegetables. Research suggests that juicing helps with weight loss, increased energy levels, bone strength and complexion!2
Juicing Fact: 95% of the vitamins and enzymes our bodies need are found in the juice of raw vegetables and fruits. One more good reason to juice!2
Choosing a Juicer
Juicers can get pricey. So if you can’t buy a juicer just yet, a blender works just as well. However, because blenders aren’t able to liquify the juice as well, we suggest that you drink it in the same day so it doesn’t spoil!
Juicing Tip: In order to maximise the juice you prepare, make yourself a juice soda with the leftovers! To do this, add mineral water or plain water to your juice.3
Plan Your Produce
What’s in season? Knowing what produce is the freshest during every season in your area will be very important for your juicing. Also, if there is a store that sells vegetables and fruits in bulk, you might want to purchase your produce from there.
Juicing Tip: Before purchasing your fruits and vegetables, think about what juice you’ll want for the week (before making a batch of juice you don’t prefer).
Grow Your Own
Do you have your own garden at home? Using your own vegetables and fruits for your juice will save you extra money. To learn how to create a food garden, visit QuidCorner – Creating Your Own Vegetable Garden.
Juicing Tip: If you don’t have the space or the time to create a garden, consider purchasing your weekly juicing supplies at a farmers’ market!
Three Juicing Recipes
To help you get started juicing, we came up with three frugal and simple recipes. Check them out!
2 Handfuls Spinach + 2 Apples
Can’t Beet This!
1 Beet + 3 Apples + 1 Lemon
Orange You Glad You Juiced?
15 Carrots + 8 Stalks Celery + 2 Apples
1WebMD. (2015). Juicing for health and weight loss. Retrieved 14 May 2015 from http://www.webmd.com/diet/juicing-health-risks-and-benefits
2Living Greens. (2015). Benefits. Retrieved 15 May 2015 from http://www.livinggreensjuice.com/Benefits-of-Juicing-s/1824.htm
3All About Juicing. (2013). Juicing on a budget: tips for pinching the pennies when juicing. Retrieved 14 May 2015 from http://www.all-about-juicing.com/juicing-on-a-budget.html