5 Ways to Enjoy Healthy Juices Without Breaking the Bank

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on Twitter.


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This article is the second in a two part series in partnership with Thrive Magazine and Juico.


 

I’ve been lucky enough to learn quite a bit over the past few years as I’ve journeyed through this crazy world of health and nutrition.

One of the lessons that has really stuck with me is that there are a lot of misconceptions floating around this space.

A big one is that you need a shed load of protein to perform as an athlete. Another is that healthy eating is always boring.

One more is that to enjoy healthy juices (or smoothies, or healthy food for that matter) you need to spend a whole load of money.

From my experience, that’s really not the case.

Sure, if you’re using solely organic, exotic ingredients like dragon fruit or durian all day, you’re probably gonna run out of money pretty fast. But like many things, if you approach juicing sensibly, it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.

Here are a few ideas for you to consider…


1. Have a Plan

If you’re looking to do a prolonged juice fast as opposed to having the occasional juice, it’s worth looking at a plan. There are some great free ones online that come with shopping lists. That way, you’ll only buy what you need and nothing will go to waste.

I recommend checking out the Natural Juice Junkie’s Budget Juice Plan, or even one of the Reboot Plans from Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.

2. Buy Some Ingredients in Bulk

Some ingredients (particularly carrots, apples and courgettes) have a much longer shelf life than say, berries or greens. They also tend to be the base ingredients for most juices, as they usually produce quite a bit of juice per item.

For that reason, it may be worth picking them up in bulk whenever possible. They keep for ages in the fridge, and can be frozen too if you wanna keep them even longer.

3. Shop Around

If you buy all your ingredients in a wholefoods-esqe place, the reality is that you’ll probably be spending more than you need to.

Instead, don’t be afraid to shop around. Local food co-ops can be a great place to pick up fresh (often organic) produce on the cheap, as can local markets

For even better deals, hit these places near closing time when prices will usually be reduced even further.

4. Get a Decent Juicer

Here’s where that shameless plug comes in…

As I mentioned last week, if you’re looking to make juice regularly over the long term, it’s worth considering getting a juicer that gives you the most bang for your buck. You want one that has a high yield of juice compared to the amount of produce you use.

The Juico Uno that Juico kindly sent me has been really good. It claims to produce 35% more juice than other conventional juicers. I’m not sure how accurate that is as I’ve only ever used one other juicer, but it does seem to do the job pretty well!

You can get one at a discounted price here*, using the code #THRIVEBLOG for 5% off.

*Note this is not an affiliate link for Health Room. Juico kindly supplied me with a new juicer, but I don’t get any commission or a cut of the sales from this link.*

Alternatively, if right now you don’t have the dolla to take advantage of this sweet deal, but you do have an old blender lying around…

5. Use Your Blender

Old school juice straining

Old school juice straining

So this method is time consuming, but it is pretty effective (and has given me the highest yield when it comes to getting the most juice out of your produce).

All you need is:

  • A half decent blender
  • Some muslin cloth, a jug, and some straining apparatus
  • Your fruits and veggies
  • Water

Simply add your produce to the blender with water, blend it up into a smoothie, and then strain that through the muslin cloth into your jug.

It’s really effective and you can end up with really dry pulp if you work at it long enough, but that’s the catch. You have to work at it long enough.

This method really does define ‘slow juicing’. It take a while and can be a pain in the ass, but if you really don’t want to invest in a juicer at the moment or just want to try one recipe out, it may be worth a go.

Just don’t say I didn’t warn you…

You juicers out there, what other tips do you have to help keep the costs low?


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Luke Jones
Luke Jones is a mover, blogger and wellness enthusiast. He spends his time exploring and sharing ideas in mindful movement, healthy living and adventure.

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