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I wanted to take a few minutes to tell you all about my new budget-busting habit.  Don’t worry, mom.  It’s not crystal meth or animal hoarding!  I have actually become obsessed with juicing vegetables and fruits.

My obsession with juicing vegetables all started after Christmas when I was left with almost $200 in Kohl’s gift cards burning a hole in my pocket.  Greg and I had recently gone vegetarian, and we were watching a documentary about nutrition on Netflix.  During the movie, a few doctors and nutritionists chimed in on the benefits of juicing raw fruits and vegetables.  I was very intrigued.  Juicing looked fun.  I liked watching them turn veggies into juice and I wondered what it would taste like.  We decided to see if we could fit a juicer into our budget.

This is when the Kohl’s gift cards came in handy.  Juicers are so expensive!  I shopped online to determine the brand that I wanted to buy. Ultimately decided to buy an Omega Heavy Duty Mega Mouth Juicer on sale for $179.99 (regularly priced at $249.99).  This is waaaaaaaaaaay more than I would typically spend on a small appliance, but it ended up being free, so I decided to splurge.

That following Saturday night, we planned a romantic evening, got a babysitter…and went and bought our juicer.  After making fun of ourselves for doing something so lame on a weekend night, we stopped by the store and bought the goods.  We filled our basket with cucumbers, oranges, apples, kale, and carrots.  Within a few minutes of arriving home, I had the juicer washed, assembled, and ready to go.

Now, I’m hooked.  I’ve been juicing vegetables at least once per day…and sometimes twice per day!  My favorite things to juice are cucumbers, pomegranates, and bok choy.  It’s fun, easy to clean up, and delicious.  I’ve found that even the nastiest tasting vegetable juice can be turned yummy just by adding an apple and half of a lemon.  Best of all, both of my kids love it.  There is simply no way that I could get my kids to eat the huge variety of fruits and vegetables that I juice on any given day.  Sure, my kids will eat a few carrot sticks or grapes.  But juicing opens up a huge variety of nutrients to their little growing bodies.  I love it when my daughters drink “crazy juice,” as they call it, and have no idea what they are really consuming.   I sneak all kinds of stuff in their crazy juice, including, beets, cilantro, parsley, kale, and spinach.

Juicing Vegetables is Not Frugal

I thought that Greg and I were going to save a ton of money when we finally decided to stop buying and eating meat.  However, my new habit of juicing vegetables has eaten up any surplus money.  Luckily, we are still on budget for this month, despite my fresh veggie habit.  The good news is that this is probably the most expensive time of the year to juice.  In warmer months, I know that I’ll be able to find fresh local produce for a fraction of the price, or even free.  I know in the past there have been summers when people have so many cucumbers and tomatoes that they don’t know what to do with them.  I will definitely be ready and willing to take them off people’s hands for my delicious juicing recipes!

Juicing Vegetables is Kinda Frugal

The frugal side of juicing is that I am no longer letting any fruit or vegetable leftovers go to waste.  The huge broccoli stalks that I used to throw away now make an amazing juice base.  Those random 8 grapes left on my daughter’s plate?  They now get juiced.  That half eaten carrot?  It goes in the juicer.  I am finding that juicing vegetables can be frugal…in a roundabout way.  At least I am trying to convince myself that it is! Besides, if it keeps us healthy, that saves us money in the long run, right guys? Right?!?

The Bottom Line

I’m so happy that I stumbled upon this healthy hobby.  I can’t wait until it gets warmer out and I have a wider variety of fresh food to juice.  I’m now officially obsessed with juicing vegetables and am really excited about the huge nutritional potential of this hobby.  My three-year-old has wanted peanut butter, jelly, and carrots for dinner for the last five nights in a row.  At least now I can serve her a big glass of “the good stuff” with her meal.

The Amazing Truth

I feel the best I have felt for years.  I feel aware, healthy, and full of energy.  Aside from not getting any sleep, I feel like a million bucks.  I have to think that it has something to do with our meat free diet and high nutrient intake because that’s the only recent change we’ve made.

***Make sure to check out my updated post with my favorite juicing recipes!!

So, what do you guys think? Do you have a juicer?  Do you want one now? Let us know in the comments below!