I have always been intrigued by the idea of juicing, but I was too intimidated to try it. Everyone who juiced seemed like a professional who invested hundreds of dollars in their juicer and created juice from vegetables I had never heard of before. I don’t have the budget for an expensive juicer, and I am not a terribly adventurous eater, especially for a NOLA native.
After watching a few of those health conscious documentaries, I decided that I had to at least look into it. Turns out, I was terribly wrong about juicing. You can get a juicer for under $50.00, and you don’t need to be well versed in exotic fruits or vegetables to create delicious and healthy juices right from your own kitchen. Instead of searching for too many recipes, I decided to just buy what we liked but do not eat often enough: carrots, lemon, apple, cucumber, tomatoes and other fruits and veggies. I don’t have a set formula, but that is why I like this juicing for dummies approach. It is much more attainable.
I’ve included a recipe for you, but really, just get what you like or would like to try. We experimented quite a bit and have found a few tried and true recipes. I’m not going to lie: we’ve also had to hold our nose and chug a few times, but it was tolerable. As my husband said when he tried my attempt at homemade V8, “If I could chug beer for fun back in the day, I guess I can chug this for my health.” We have been making juice 2-3 mornings a week for the last 4 months or so, and I can definitely tell a difference. I feel lighter, more energetic on those days, even without coffee! I also can get in just about a day’s worth of veggies in one 16oz glass. Sadly, I have to admit I do not get enough vegetables on other days.
If you are juice-curious like I was and don’t know where to start, check Amazon, Target, or even Bed Bath and Beyond for a juicer in your price range. I have seen them as low as $30.00. Then, try this recipe, and feel free to modify it to your liking!
What you’ll need: 4-6 whole carrots 1 apple 1 lemon
What to do: Slice fruits and vegetables as needed then place into juicer. This makes about 30 ounces of juice. ENJOY!