It’s January, and you know what that means- everyone is jumping on the healthy train (at least for a little bit, right?)! Juicing is great to help detox after the holidays and is wonderful for rejuvenating your system.
You don’t have to go on a liquid fast to get the benefits either- just a glass in the morning will do!
The Expense of Juicing
One thing I’ve noticed is that much of the juicing advice is for a solo experience. If you have a large family, you may have said to yourself that you can’t afford to “DIY”.
After all, feeding a group of people can get pricey. And when you are sending all that produce through the ringer, many folks simply pass on juicing.
If you are serving more than a party of one, I’m going to show you some simple ways you can save money AND still get the benefits of juicing. Especially if you have a little one, providing her with fresh juice is always going to be a better option than the bottled jug of sugar water.
If you are pressed for cash, try these simple tips:
Shop seasonally. Depending on the month, fruits and vegetables will fluctuate in price. Carrots, celery, and green leafy vegetables are less expensive in the winter (and excellent for juicing!).
Check out what is seasonal and save money!
Shop sales. Pull out your weekly flyer and see what the store is getting rid of. You can easily grab fruits (like apples!) for a fraction of the cost.
Stock up. When you do get something on the cheap, get a lot of it! Your juice doesn’t have to be complicated- in fact, the simpler, the better.
If you are pressed for time:
Make juice in bulk. You don’t have to do the juicing ritual every morning. Save time by juicing enough fruits and veggies for 3 days, and keep it in single serving jars or in a pitcher for the family.
Add a little fresh lemon juice as a preservative and shake before serving.
Take it on the go! If you make your juice in bulk, you can easily grab some in the morning, saving you the time you would spend cutting, juicing, and cleaning.
Take turns with your spouse. If there is more than one person drinking juice in the house, then you have a helper! Take turns preparing juice or cleaning out the machine.
What to Juice?
Many find that it’s overwhelming to get started- I mean, what CAN you juice anyway? Well, just about anything, really!
If you cringe at the green stuff, try reaching across the rainbow for a variety of veggies and fruits. Carrots, apples, and even sweet potatoes are great starter foods to experiment with.
While shopping, remember to limit foods high in sugar- even though you are juicing, you don’t want to overload your system.
To combat your sweet tooth, add a touch of apple to your vegetable juice. Aim for a nice balance between bitter and sweet.
It may take a few times to warm up to juicing greens, but the more you train your taste buds, the easier it gets.
Some of my favorite vegetables and fruits to juice with are: celery, carrots, sweet potatoes, apples, cilantro, spinach, watercress, rainbow chard, pears, cucumber, and lemon.
For Little Ones
Lastly, if you are juicing for small children, make sure they are old enough to have juice to begin with (children under 6 months old should not have juice!).
When using a juicer, the liquid can be very concentrated, so you may want to add some filtered water if you are serving a glass to your toddler.
For picky toddlers, the best solution is to involve them as much as possible. Take your little one to the store and have them help pick out their favorite veggies to juice!
Small ones are more likely to be on board when they have a sense of control, so by involving them with the shopping, you are prepping your toddler to drink the juice!
You can also let them pick out a special cup to use, or have them pour it themselves (yes, this can be messy!).
Juicing can be a privilege for the whole family, not just one person! While fresh and organic is always best, remember to do what you can.
If you can only juice 1-3 days a week, then so be it. Being gentle with our selves is also part of a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle!
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