It was the late 80’s, the temperature was perfectly warm and a light breeze brought with it fresh garden smells. I was at my Grandma’s house enjoying the patio deck and backyard pond. She had a large garden and had just purchased a juicer. That day I was served a deliciously healthy treat that remains a favorite today – Apple Lemon Juice. I so clearly remember that moment today that green juice has become a staple in my diet.
I have found that spending 30 minutes to juice yields about two days worth of juice at about $2.31 a pint. Not only that, but it is rare that fruits or vegetables go bad in my fridge. Juicing makes it extremely easy to keep and use fresh produce. Keep reading to see how I do it …
A Good Juicer Saves Time and Money
Juicers are more efficient than ever before. In our house we use an Omega Juicer, specifically the Omega J8006 model. I like this model because at $220 it is extremely efficient and durable. Typically I am able to juice 4 pints, disassemble, and clean the juice in 20 to 30 minutes.
Check out the video below to get an idea of how easy the assembly and disassembly really is. In addition, I love how accessible the pulp tray is. It literally takes a second turn off the juicer, dump the pulp, and start juicing again.
Make a Shopping List
If you are juicing at home you will develop your own preferences around blends that you like best. And, you will have fun getting creative with leftover ingredients or anything that might expire soon in your fridge.
The ingredient lists below are pretty comprehensive and easy ones to start with. Since green juice is its own alkalizing beverage I separated off those ingredients. I typically like to blend two pints of greens for every two pints of more sugary items (ie apples, lemons, and carrots).
The total cost of everything below was $68.87. All perishable ingredients lasted me 2.5 to 3 weeks and yielded 31 full pints. The cost per pint came out to $2.22!
Have Fun with Your Blends
Use the two lists above as guides on how to separate your blends. I tend to like fruite separate and not mixed with other ingredients. However, there are two exceptions worth trying:
1) Lemon (1) Apple (3) Juice
2) Lemon (1) Watermelon (1/4) Juice
Green Juice is the good stuff. This is the blend you want to be drinking as regular as possible.
Blend the greens together in whatever order and quantity you like. Cucumbers and celery are nice because they yield a lot of liquid. Romaine and Spinach also yield a lot of liquid. Juice greens until you have about 2 pints.
At this point you will need a place to hold over juice to continue juicing. The best thing I have found is our VitaMix. It allows for a quick stir since raw liquids settle fast and it pours amazing (very handy when distributing among mason jars).
For the next two pints you will be juicing the apples, lemons, carrots. I typically like to juice 3 to 4 apples, 2 to 3 lemons, and then carrots for the remaining difference.
Enjoy the Health Benefits
You can read all sorts of opinions about the when and why behind drinking green juice. To keep things simple, here are just a few tips on how to drink green juice:
1) Drink on an empty stomach
2) Drink within 72 hours max
3) Use minimal sweet fruits in your juice
4) Chew your green juice
5) Rotate your greens
On top of that, we have included many of the greens we recommend in our Whole Food Health Benefit Index. Check it out to read specific health benefits for each ingredient!