Juicing: Why we juice and how it works to keep our family healthy
We are a busy family, we have tons of dr. appointments, soccer practice, homework, and running a business to name a few. One thing we do that helps us get our healthy fruits and veggies in is Juice! We saw a documentary over a year ago called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, its currently on Netflix. After we saw that we realized we really needed to change our diet. We were lacking veggies and fruit, and it was probably the reason we were not getting any healthier despite semi-regular exercise and cutting out fast food.
Now in no way did we jump in to this with out talking to our doctor, who was all for us getting more vitamin rich food in our diet. Also we were not about to do the 24 juicing. I need my food. We decided to give the juicing a try at least once a day but try for both breakfast and lunch.
So we went on the website and made a list of ingredients for different types of juices we wanted to try. We went to walmart and picked up the cheapest juicer (we are a family on a budget), and got all the fruits and veggies. We spent 2 weeks trying out the different recipes.
The hardest part was doing a new batch of juice every day. It takes a good 30 minutes from cutting up the fruit and juicing to cleaning the juicer. Some days 30 minutes is too much to devote to that with 3 kids needs and everything else in our life.
So I started to really try and narrow down our favorite combo of juices and then I got a big 1.5 gallon pitcher, and figured out how to make a weeks worth of juice all at once. This was the key to our success. Once we got that all figured out we were able to have 2 juices a day (each) and then a healthy snack and healthy dinner. We both lost weight and overall our energy is better and our skin is clearer when we are juicing. We also commit to drinking water in between our juices (which I’m terrible at but trying to get better!)
Here is my favorite juice recipe that I tend to use week after week.
Full bin of spinach/kale
4-6 apples/oranges (either or both if you like)
half a seedless watermelon
you can also add a variety berries for a nice boost of antioxidants as well (they dont produce a lot of juice but what you do get is so good for you!)
I juice and pour everything all in to the same pitcher and stir it all up. I then pour it all into individual mason jars. this usually makes about 12 16oz jars. They stay fresh all week. Now 12 jars doesn’t give us enough to have juice 2x a day between my husband and I but we sometimes will have omelets instead or salad for lunch. But doing our juice this way has allowed us to fit a very healthy habit in to our crazy chaotic life. There are so many variations of juices I highly recommend finding your favorites and trying to make big batches to last a week.
What to do with the leftover Pulp
With Juicing you get a giant amount of leftover pulp. Theres several ways you can still use that and get the benefits from whats leftover. I’ve added it to my disabled son’s diet and he loves it mixed in to his oatmeal. Both my girls love smoothies so I’ll add some in there to help get more veggies in them disguised as berry smoothies! If you have young kids you could even make them into veggie wafers for teething. You can probably add it to most casserole type dishes and no one would notice! Here’s a longer list of more great ideas to make the most out of your juicing.