Make Juicing Work for Your Budget & Lifestyle
I’m in love with green juice and drink it whenever I get the chance. There’s nothing like the flood of easy to digest & assimilate nutrients that a rich green veggie juice can provide. Regardless of how good it tastes or how amazing it feels for our bodies, I have heard (and used) so many excuses as to why it’s impossible to keep up with a juicing practice. From being too busy to clean the juicer to finding juicing expensive and wasteful, there’s plenty of reasons why we might avoid it. I wanted to share some tips & tricks that have allowed me to push the excuses aside and enjoy super healthy green juice everyday, without stress.
Sustainable Juicing Tips
1. Invest in a really good juicer.
I use the Omega Vert and it is worth every penny. Slower speed juicers like this create such a high quality juice that you can actually store it without losing nutrients for up to 72 hours. This means, I am only juicing (and cleaning my juicer) twice a week, but drinking fresh juice all week long. This method completely altered my outlook on juicing after using centrifugal juicers for many years where the juice has to be consumed right away. It’s really been life changing! Also, the pulp comes out very dry and doesn’t feel the least bit wasteful. Even though the juicer is a little expensive upfront, I truly believe you’ll be saving money in the long run with the amount of juice it squeezes out of each veggie & fruit. One note of warning, the juice from the Omega is a little bit pulpy, so I place a fine mesh strainer on the juice cup to catch the pulp. The result is a very smooth & luscious juicing experience. Drink a glass right away and place a couple of full, tightly sealed jars in the refrigerator for the next two days.
2. Juice scraps that would normally be composted.
This saves so much money! I make a lot of kale salads, so I always have kale stems lying around. I love herbs, but often trim the stems. I use only broccoli crowns, so there are times when I have stalks left over. When I make zucchini noodles with a vegetable peeler, I don’t use the seedy insides of the squash. All of these “scraps” which would normally be composted can be turned into freebie juicing materials! With the Omega, I ended up with 10 oz of juice just from 2 bunches of leftover kale stems! For better flavor, I cut this with some milder veggies or green apples, but what an amazing base to start with—for free!
3. Find affordable organic produce sources.
If you’re juicing, I can’t stress the use of organic produce strong enough. You’re creating a concentrate of vitamins and minerals that is very easy for your body to absorb. You absolutely do not want this concentrate to include toxic pesticides that will be just as easily absorbed into your system.
The best place to shop would be your local farmers market! It’s freshest, most affordable & the cucumbers should be unwaxed. My second choice, for when the farmers market is out of season, is Trader Joe’s. They have a great price on English cucumbers (which are unwaxed if they’re wrapped in plastic) bagged lemons and bagged apples. Throw in some celery & your “scraps” and you’ve created an amazingly healthy & delicious organic green juice.
When I’m out and about, I’ll happily grab a green juice from a grocery store or cafe and these will run anywhere from $7-9 for a 16 oz juice. I wanted to see how my home juicing compared, so I did some math after making my juice with produce from Trader Joe’s. After juicing in bulk and crunching the numbers, each 16oz serving ended up costing just about $3.75. That’s quite a savings!
Other super affordable options are CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture shares) or wholesale buying clubs. When I lived in Sarasota, there were multiple produce buying clubs around town. For $20 a week, every member would be given a huge bag full of organic produce. I think it would be an amazing idea to start one just for juicing, ordering cucumbers, celery, apples, beets & leafy greens. With the group buying power, you can reach wholesale minimums and get delivery from a supplier in your area.
One final thought—I’ve known lots of friends who would volunteer with local farms in exchange for free veggies! It doesn’t get cheaper than that!
4. Keep it simple.
We don’t have to be making V8 everyday. Green juice can be as simple as tossing cucumbers and celery in the juicer!
Keep these four points in mind and start to develop a juicing method that works for your personal schedule and budget. Do you ave any tips that have made juicing a sustainable practice for you? Let us know in the comments.
3 Day Green Juice for 2
(makes 6-16oz juices in the Omega)
- 6 green apples
- 3 English cucumbers
- 2 heads of celery
- Kale stems & additional scraps
- 6 lemons
Cut all ingredients to fit your juicer. Remove the seeds from the apples. Run all ingredients (except for the lemons) through the juicer. Juice the lemons by hand and stir into the juice. Drink a glass and refrigerate the rest in well sealed jars. Cheers!