It’s no simple feat consuming the 2-4 servings of fruit and 3-5 servings of vegetables per day that experts recommend. That’s one reason juicing started as a trend, but has had real staying power - regular juicing powers you with the vitamins and minerals that boost the immune system, increases energy and lowers bad cholesterol, to name just a few benefits. While organic cold-pressed Living Juice
can play a delicious, and deliciously simple, role in healthy living, juicing on your own is another viable option - though it's not the cost-saver you might think.
The first step is getting a high quality juicer. Look for a masticating juicer, which works at lower speeds to minimize heat build-up and oxidation; a good machine will cost from around $400 to $1600. You’ll also want one that’s easy to clean, to cut down on sink time.
Even more important than the juicer are the fruits and vegetables you run through it. You’ll want the freshest organic produce available. That means farmers markets and Whole Foods prices (a Consumer Reports study found that on average, organic food costs 47% more than non-organic versions), but it’s worth it. A study from the Annals of Internal Medicine found that exposure to pesticide residue was more than five times higher in regular produce than in its organic cousins, while it’s been found that organic foods had substantially higher levels of antioxidants. That makes spending more on organic sensible, not a splurge.
So is it worth being a do-it-yourselfer? Add up the price of ingredients in a homemade green juice and it should come to a little over $5 per serving, not factoring in the cost of the machine or shopping/travel time. And count on plenty of experimenting – it took years of research for Living Juice to develop just the right bursting-with-flavor recipes.
But if you like getting creative in the kitchen, have the time to shop for premium ingredients and don’t mind cleanup, juicing on your own can be not just healthy, but fun. There’s always Living Juice for the days you’d rather just grab a yoga mat and run!