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How to Juice on a Budget

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Source: Benefits of Juicing

If you're not a fan of fruits and vegetables, juicing is a good alternative to get the necessary nutrients quick in one gulp. With juicing, however, you need a lot more fruits and vegetables per serving to fill up one glass, so things can get a bit pricey.

Unlike our smoothie recipes, which use whole fruits and vegetables, juicing extracts the nutrients and discards the fiber, so it requires more produce per serving. You can easily end up using $5 worth of fruits and veggies for just a small glass of juice.

- Rebecca Straus, Rodale's Organic Life

However, there are inexpensive ways to make your juice. Check out some ways to make it easy and affordable!

1. Skip the juicer.

You don't need a juicer to make juice. A couple of the best-selling juicers on Amazon cost between $138.97 and $299.95 - proof that this project is pricey. Juicing doesn't require a big investment, especiallly if you're not planning to juice frequently. If you have a blender, blend your ingredients with 8 to 12 ounces of water if it gets to thick, then it through a mesh or a cheesecloth.

2. Choose the right ingredients.

Vegetables are less in calories and price, so use more vegetables than fruits to save money. That also means less sugar going into your juice if you're trying to curb your sugar intake! Melons, apples, and cucumbers will yield a lot of juice because they are rich with water, so you get more product for less money. Celery, zucchini, tomatoes, spinach, and citrus fruits are also great options.

3. Buy seasonal produce.

This is a no brainer in that seasonal, local produce is always cheaper. It doesn't need to be shipped or grown in hot houses, so that cuts the cost significantly. Visit your local farmers' market, or buy damaged produce because they will be on sale. A few irregularities won't make a difference if you're going to be blending everything anyway.

Source: Boston Magazine

4. Take advantage of the freezer.

When you see fruits and vegetables on sale, buy them! Blend the produce individually and then freeze the juice in separate jars. You can also consider purchasing frozen fruits, which will definitely be cheaper than buying the fruits fresh, especially during the winter months when some fruit is scarce. Ginger is a go-to ingredient when it comes to juicing, and the freezer is coincidentally the best place to store it. However, ginger does mold, so I recommend peeling and chopping the ginger into 1-inch pieces and freezing them for up to 3 months.

5. Don't toss the pulp.

If you use a juicing machine, it will extract all the juice, but you will also forgo the pulp which contains all the fiber and plenty of flavor. Add some pulp back into your juice or use it in cooking. It's a great add-on for muffin batter, pureed soup, or even pasta.

6. Don't replace meals with juice.

Yes, juicing has plenty of health benefits, but it still doesn't provide you with all the nutrients your body needs to function properly. It shouldn't be a substitute for eating breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Juicing is insufficient because you still need the fiber you can only get from whole foods, so consider juice a supplement to your diet instead. Don't think you need to juice every day to reap the benefits - do it whenever it fits your lifestyle and your budget!



 

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