A few months ago, I wrote about how juicing vegetables had become my unfrugal obsession. I’m happy to report that I’m still juicing regularly and that we are enjoying it more than ever. Juicing gives us energy and makes us feel amazing…especially when we do it almost every day. Since we became vegetarians, we are eating a mostly plant-based diet anyway, but juicing just adds that extra bit of fuel that our bodies need to feel super awesome. My skin looks great. My hair is shiny. I basically look amazing. Believe it or not, juicing has also made me humble.
The last time that I wrote about the benefits of juicing, I got a ton of emails with questions. At the time, I didn’t really have any advice for anyone since I hadn’t been juicing for that long. Since it’s been four months, I feel like I finally have some juicing insight to share! ***Make sure to check out my new post with updated juicing recipes!!!
My Hot Juicing Tips
Here are some of the fruits and vegetables that I enjoy juicing on a regular basis:
- Cucumbers- Cucumbers have an amazing amount of juice in them. The juice by itself is pretty bland, but it creates a great juice base to add to.
- Bok Choy- This is another vegetable that I juice on a regular basis. It has a ton of water in it and creates a great juice base. It’s pretty gross by itself so I only use it with other fruits and vegetables.
- Pomegranates- These are definitely a juicing splurge! I usually buy 2 or 3 of them at a time and juice half of one in each batch of juice. They are $2 each at the grocery store so I use them sparingly.
- Carrots- I put carrots in every batch of juice that I make. I love the taste and it compliments every fruit and vegetable combination that I have ever made.
- Beets- I love juicing beets! The juice has a very rich flavor. It can definitely be an overpowering taste so keep that in mind.
- Romaine lettuce- Lettuce has a surprising amount of juice in it and romaine lettuce creates a tasty juice base.
- Grapes- I love juicing grapes. They make almost any combination taste great!
- Apples- I juice apples in almost every batch. My kids like the added flavor and they have quite a bit of juice in them. I also like plain apple juice. It tastes way better fresh than it does if you buy it from the store.
My least favorite juicing ingredients:
- Pineapple- It’s too mushy to create very much usable juice.
- Mango- I love mangoes but they don’t juice well at all.
Keeping Costs Down
In my opinion, the benefits of juicing far outweigh any negatives. However, juicing can be expensive if you don’t have a strategy to keep costs down. Luckily, there are some methods you can employ to make juicing as inexpensive as possible:
- Buy fruits and vegetables that are on sale. At my grocery store, the produce department usually has several juiceable items on sale. I typically juice whatever is on sale and I use other ingredients sparingly.
- Create a juice base out of something cheap. Since we eat a lot of broccoli, I always save the big stalks for juicing. They create an inexpensive juice base out of something that I used to throw away.
- Don’t always buy organic. I just peel most of the ingredients instead. Some fruits and vegetables cannot be peeled so I occasionally buy the organic choice. These items include strawberries, raspberries, and grapes.
- Use leftover fresh fruits and vegetables. My kids rarely clean their plates so I always juice the leftover grapes or carrots that they don’t eat. I just rinse them and keep them in a bag in the refrigerator then throw them in my next batch of juice.
- Juice fruits and vegetables that are about to expire. I always try to juice fruits and vegetables that are nearing their expiration date. This way nothing ever gets wasted.
- Make sure to check out my post on frugal juicing recipes!
More Hot Tips
- Rinse your juicer right after you use it and never wait to clean it. The fruit and vegetable particles are almost impossible to clean if you let them sit. To avoid a problem, clean your juicer right after use.
- Don’t make too much. Juice doesn’t stay fresh very long so it’s better to drink it shortly after it’s made. Try to make an amount that you can drink within a few hours time.
- Take preventative measures so that your kids don’t make a mess. Juice can be very messy and my kids love to slosh it everywhere. I have learned to make them drink it in the kitchen and only from a straw. This minimizes clean-up.
- If your juice doesn’t taste that great, add a few apples or a lemon. Adding a lemon makes almost anything taste great.
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