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Juicing on a Budget
Budget Juice - Simple & Easy
Let's face it, as juicing requires a lot of produce it isn't cheap, and if making your own drinks regularly it can easily chew up your weekly shopping budget. Although a lot of money goes through the juicer, I think it is one of the best investments one can ever make - a long term investment in your health and well being.
However, juicing is just like anything else, it can be taken to different levels, so here is a few simple tips & tricks on how to juice on a budget, and still enjoy tasty & nutritious drinks.
the number one thing
Generally one of the best ways to save on your food shopping bill, is to plan ahead and buy in bulk, and the same goes when shopping for juice ingredients. So choose the juices you want to make for the week, and make a detailed shopping list of all the produce needed for those juices. Roughly add up how much it's going to cost, so you have a figure in mind, and add or remove ingredients to your list depending on your budget. Knowing how much you intend to spend before buying is the key.
Shop around and look for specials as the prices on produce can vary hugely. If near a market go there! It's probably here you'll find the best ingredients, especially organic, at the lowest price. But most importantly stick to the list, don't get overwhelmed by all the things on offer.
I know it's hard not to get tempted, but really try. Otherwise you'll come home with way too much stuff that you may not even be able to get through, and suddenly it wasn't exactly budget shopping :-)
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Making the most of your juices
How to choose ingredients
High water content fruits and veggies would be the preferred option as more juice can simply be squeezed out of them. If mainly making Green Juices you need a lot more produce (unfortunately;-) so it's hard to stay on the budget. Therefore buy in bulk and make green juices for the week, and then go with a different juice option the next week e.g juicing primarily with carrots.
Fruit juices are ideal when it comes to liquid content, but they are quite high in sugar so juicing entirely with fruits isn't advisable.
1 fruit juice a day should be the limit, so to make it economical choose high water content fruits which are readily available such as:
- and mix in carrots, sweet potato, bell peppers.
Tropical fruits such as
- kiwi fruit
- can be a bit pricey, if not in season so make them an occasional treat.
But what about berries?
Are frozen ones an option?
Berries (strawberry, blueberry, raspberry etc) are great in juices and smoothies, the only downside is that they can be quite expensive if out of season. So buy them in season, and like the tropical juices, make them a treat. However, frozen ones is an option!
I know the word frozen goes against the core values of juicing, as it's all about fresh produce, so I don't like saying it... but it IS an option. I often use a variety of frozen berries - it's easy and I don't need to worry about being able to use them in time.
So if you are juicing a lot and therefore need large quantities, it's something to consider. Defrosted berries still add a lot of flavor, and is not a bad substitute.
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Choosing a Juicer
Which type will create the most juice?
Choosing the correct type of juicer for your needs, can have a big impact on your juicing experience as juice quality, shelf life and quantities of juice extracted varies hugely from juicer to juicer.
- Centrifugal Juicers are generally cheaper to buy and are the most common type of Juicers on the market. They operate at very high speed and they are quick and easy to use. However, due to the high speed and heating of the internal components, you should expect some loss of nutrients and a higher level of oxidation, which means that you may not be able to store and keep your juice fresh for long. Also they generally don't generate as much juice, especially from greens as the auger/ single and twin gear juicers do. But they are quick, and you don't need to chop produce to the same extend as if using a masticating/triturating type due to their wide mouths.
- Masticating (single gear / auger) and Triturating (twin gear) type of juicers slowly chews fruits and vegetables resulting in more juice extracted and more fiber and enzymes. Due to the slower speed a which they operate, less foam and heat is generated making the juice more suitable to store and more nutrients goes in your glass. By being able to keep your juice fresh for longer, it is easier to budget and make "bulk juices" for a couple of days. Also single and twin gear juicers are more quiet than centrifugal types of juicers, so you can use them in the morning without waking everyone up, especially if using a "silent" version.
Kuvings Silent Juicer
NS-750 Upright Masticating Juicer
Omega J8005 Nutrition Center Single-Gear Commercial Masticating Juicer, Chrome and Black
Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor
Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor
Your Health is Number One
In addition to planning, another massively important thing is to prioritize what food items to spend money on. Instead of wasting money on cookies, lollies, chips, sugary drinks and other processed & refined foods which aren't good anyway, put that money aside so you'll have more room in the budget to buy fresh greens, fruits and vegetables.
Once you start removing those items from your diet, not only will you feel better, but your bank account will also show!
Even though you may not have enough time or money to juice every single day, just remember "Doing something is better than nothing" and you are on the way to a much more healthy lifestyle.
So keep on juicing, even though you are on a budget - it definitely can be done.
Thank you for stopping by. Any ideas or views you would like to share? Please let me know you were here, I appreciate your comments.