Wellness & Diet

Juicing Your Way To Better Health On A Budget

Nothing is quite as refreshing and as healthy as a glass of freshly squeezed juice. On a hot day if you reach for a carton of juice from the fridge then you know what we are talking about. However to take your nutrition to the next level then you are going to have to use your own juicer rather than relying on store bought products. While there is nothing wrong with these products you can find in your local market, they have their limitations, both in variety and in nutrients.

The most popular brands of juice will be of your garden variety fruits and vegetables. Oranges, grapes, cranberries are some of the most common kinds of juices sold. Some of the more nutritious types of green juices are harder to find and they will cost you quite a bit more. The reason for this is that they are difficult to preserve and must be consumed right away. There will be a higher price to pay for these types of drinks and they are not going to make a lot of economical sense to consume every day.

I Thought Juicing Was Expensive

This is one of the main drawbacks of owning your own juice extractor. The higher quality machines are typically going to be a sizable investment up front. Then you have the cost of buying fresh produce to make your drinks. While this is true, there are ways to minimize the cost while increasing your vitamin intake.

If you think about how much fresh foods are in a recommended daily allowance you might think it impossible to eat all of that each and every day. Modern juicers let you get all of the goodness of fruits and veggies down to just one or two glasses of juice. This is going to save you a huge amount of time, and how valuable is your time? For a lot of folks this convenience is worth it to improve their diets.

Finding A Good Juicer

If you have looked at recent juicer reviews you will see that most of the highly rated ones will cost between $150 and $300. That is a lot of money to shell out for something that you are not sure you will stick with. If you look a little harder you should have no trouble finding a budget juicer for a little bit less than that. We recommend that you don’t stray below the $100 mark as the cheaper juicers will not leave you satisfied. You want something that works well, is easy to use, and is a machine that you will want to use every day. Cheap extractors can be poorly constructed, wobble on your counter, give you low juice yield and quality.

The two models we recommend for those looking to save a little up front are the Breville BJE200XL (get the review here) and the Cuisinart CJE-1000. These are both centrifugal juicers that will cost you right around $100. They are extremely simple to use, will give you decent yield, and are relatively easy to clean. For those just starting out these are both good choices.

Your Ingredients

Now that you have a juicer it is time to use it. The best thing that you can do to save money in this area is to buy in bulk. Avoid prepackaged items and purchase by the pound. Farmer’s markets are great for this and you can try and haggle on the price as well. A bunch of carrots with the stems on them is going to be a little bit less than a package of baby carrots. Once you have some experience you will get the hang of how much to buy without throwing out what you can’t use later on.

One of the by-products of juicing is that you are left with a bunch of dry pulp. Don’t throw this out. This is a good source of dietary fiber that you can use later on such as cake toppings or in soups. This will allow you to use everything and have very little go to waste.

Worth The Effort

You only get one body and treating it the best you can now will pay off for you in the future. The vitamins and nutrients that are in fruits and vegetables are going to be vital to maintaining your health over the long run. Yes, juicing is going to be more effort, and cost more money then eating a salad or two every day, but it not all of us enjoy grazing each and every day. Using a juicer will provide variety, give you something refreshing, and save you a tremendous amount of time. There are numerous benefits that make it worth it and being on a budget should not stop you. Here is to your health.

Check out the video below for a couple of more decent budget juicer ideas that will help you change your diet and improve your heath. Save a little and gain a lot.