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Budget-Friendly Juice Cleanse Recipe Ideas

Budget-Friendly Juice Cleanse Recipe Ideas
Budget-Friendly Juice Cleanse Recipe Ideas

Budget-Friendly Juice Cleanse Recipe Ideas


Embark on a journey to juicing without breaking the bank! 🌿💰 Sip your way to vitality and savings as we share delicious and affordable recipe ideas that make detoxing accessible for everyone. 🍏🍋From refreshing green blends to fruity concoctions, these wallet-friendly recipes prove that nourishing your body can be both economical and delicious.


Budget Strategies

CSAs


The first option, which is often more convenient, is to join a community supported agriculture (CSA) program. CSAs might work differently depending on where you live, but typically you get a box every week or month with your fresh produce. These are often from local farmers, offered at a substantial discount, and not produce you pick yourself.


Many CSAs have different types of boxes, for example small or large. You decide how often to get a new box and whether to go all fruit, all veggies, or a mixture of both.


Some of the CSAs will require you to pick it up at a local farm location, or have it dropped off at your door weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.


Co-Op


Your next option for getting affordable produce from your local farmers is with a co-op. This is similar to a CSA, except instead of having a box delivered to you on a routine basis with produce you didn’t choose, you go to a location that is more similar to a small supermarket.


You will need to become part of the co-op, which usually requires signing up and paying a small fee to be a member. Then you go to the local co-op location where you pick up produce as needed, which is usually provided by local farmers or other members of the co-op.


This is often much cheaper than if you were to buy all your produce for juicing at local supermarkets or even health food stores.


Farmer’s Market


You can also find a local farmer’s market, where you not only buy fresh produce, but often find herbs, spices, whole foods and snacks, flowers, and a lot of other fun goodies. The trick is to really pay attention to the prices of the produce, compared to what it might cost elsewhere.


There are many benefits to getting organic, local produce at farmer’s markets, but if sticking to a budget is your main goal, you may want to shop around for the best deals within your neighborhood.


Grow Your Own Produce

Growing your own produce can save you money on juicing. If you are already an ace gardener, great! If not, make it a longer-term goal. You will only get frustrated if you have to delay your new juicing plans until you pick up gardening skills and actually grow the produce. Once you get there, though, you will see how incredibly useful and fun it can be. Over time, you will find yourself wanting to juice daily or multiple times a day. If you are struggling with the cost of fresh produce, it is definitely something to look into.


Factors to Consider with Growing Your Own Produce


  • Caring for produce can be time and labor-intensive.

  • You need to grow produce suitable for the climate in which you live.

  • You might not have it year-round, depending on your climate.

  • You must have good soil.


Produce You Only Have to Grow Once


If you are looking to save money while juicing, simplify the growing process even more by looking at what you can grow more than once. With these vegetables and fruits, you can actually use part of the harvested vegetable to keep re-growing it, while others (like tomatoes) just keep growing.


  • Celery

  • Carrots

  • Avocado

  • Potatoes

  • Tomatoes

  • Mushrooms

  • Cilantro


Tomatoes keep growing on the vine until you remove it, where avocados can grow from the pit of a previous avocado. Carrots re-grow by using the carrot tops.



Organic Vs. Non-Organic


Let’s talk about the difference between organic and non-organic fruits and vegetables. In general, organic produce comes with less pesticides and chemicals. The pesticides help make them last longer. Think apples. They are a fall fruit. How do you think they appear in such good condition in the supermarket bins in the summer?


Organic produce can be considerably higher in price, which may make a big dent in your budget. If you are just starting out, consider choosing mostly non-organic produce. Choose organic produce for items on the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG’s) “Dirty Dozen” list, identified in their 2021 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™.


The Dirty Dozen


  1. Strawberries

  2. Spinach

  3. Kale, collard and mustard greens

  4. Grapes

  5. Peaches

  6. Pears

  7. Nectarines

  8. Apples

  9. Bell and Hot Peppers

  10. Cherries

  11. Blueberries

  12. Green Beans


The Clean 15


If you are looking to save money, consider skipping the organic route when it comes to produce on the EWG’s Clean 15 list.


  1. Avocados

  2. Sweet Corn

  3. Pineapple

  4. Onions

  5. Papaya

  6. Sweet Peas (Frozen)

  7. Asparagus

  8. Honeydew Melon

  9. Kiwi

  10. Cabbage

  11. Mushrooms

  12. Mangoes

  13. Sweet Potatoes

  14. Watermelon

  15. Carrots


Keep in mind that if you are purchasing your produce locally or at CSAs and farmer’s markets, most of it is going to be organic anyway. This is great news because then you don’t need to worry about these different lists and struggling between choosing organic or non-organic.


However, if you buy your produce from a regular grocery store, most produce will likely be non-organic.


Either way, be sure to rinse off the produce, particularly if your plans are to juice it with it the skin or outer covering!


Choose Your Produce Wisely


In this last section, we’ll cover what type of produce to choose for juicing, especially when you are first starting out. These tips not only help you simplify the juicing process, but also help you to curb costs so you aren’t using your entire food budget just on produce for your juice.


Go for High Water Content


The reason juicing can sometimes be expensive is that it uses a lot of produce in order to create enough juice to fill a glass. If you are juicing for multiple family members or more than once a day, the costs add up very quickly.


One of the best things you can do is focus more on the fruits and vegetables with a high water content. You will get more liquid, water, and juice from these fruits and vegetables, which allow them to go further, requiring less of the other ingredients you decide to add.


You probably already know some of the fruits and vegetables that have a high-water content based on using them for your meals. Some of the more common ones include:


  • Celery

  • Cucumber

  • Some lettuces

  • Tomatoes


Here are some more:


  • Apples

  • Watermelon

  • Honeydew melon

  • Cantaloupe

  • Oranges

  • Carrots

  • Cabbage

Select Less Expensive Produce, Generally What's In-Season


After you have chosen the best places to get your fruits and vegetables (and don’t forget about herbs!) for juicing, focus on which specific produce is the best bargain to cut back on costs even more.

As the saying goes, select your produce based upon what is local an in season.


One of my favorite sites is the Seasonal Food Guide. They have a drop-down menu for you to search what’s in season, when and where – and they have a ton of recipes. The data comes from the Natural Resources Defense Council and state departments of agriculture and university extension programs across the US.


Sometimes you can’t find what you need in a CSA box or at a farmer’s market. Other times, you may want to visit your local grocery store. It helps to know what produce is going to cost a little less, and go a long way to creating delicious, healthy juices every day.


Some of the less expensive types of produce include your lemons, limes, celery, apples, and cucumbers. Other fruits that are often more affordable include watermelon, pears, papaya, nectarines, kiwi, honeydew, grapefruit, bananas, apricots, avocados (depending on where you live), and tangerines.

For more affordable vegetables, turn to carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, broccoli, parsley, and some greens.


Start with Few-Ingredient Juicing Recipes


Finally, when you start juicing, don’t try to use 10 different types of fruits and vegetables in a single glass of juice. Your costs will be outrageous, and the recipes will most likely keep you from wanting to juice every day. It can be fun in the beginning, then you realize how much work is involved, and quit pretty fast.


To save more money and make juicing a simple, healthy activity to participate in daily, look for more simplified recipes. Try to stick to just a handful of produce with each juicing recipe, making sure to include those greens since they increase the health of your juice, and won’t cost much either.


Simple Recipe Ideas with 5 Ingredients or Less


Here are a few juicing recipes you can start out with, that use affordable produce and only minimal varieties.


Simple Green Juice


For a basic green juice, start with greens of your choice, such as kale or spinach. Add in pineapple (without the skin), a green apple, and ½ to a full cucumber. Simple and delicious!


Berry Juice


If you prefer more of a fruity, berry flavor, do mostly berries, but add a vegetable with a neutral flavor, such as celery. Add in however many berries you want for juicing, an apple, some celery, and a peeled lemon or orange.


Tropical Green Juice


To make it more tropical, pick 2-3 tropical fruits and combine it with spinach and kale, or a mixture of both. Experiment with cantaloupe, papaya, and mango, adding in an apple for extra sweetness and to cover up the greens flavor.


In summary, select what's in season and find local produce markets.


Live, Love, Chat and Eat🪴

Green Hat Lady


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