Wenona Hulsey


Time is money; everyone with a business mind continues to be fond of saying. In today’s modern and busy times, it is also the perfect excuse and remains the biggest foil in regards to looking after one’s health. The other old saying is more important in our view. Surely then, your health is more important than anything else. To make up for all-consuming time in the day and the loss of at least eight vegetables, yes, we continue to emphasize that, among your daily nutritional requirements, you can always go juicing.

Money-wise, today’s most competent juicers will not be costing you a pretty pound in flesh. Time-wise, it costs nothing to make your very own juice with that optimal juicer whittling all your choice ingredients into a fine, juicy compound within a matter of seconds, or at best, a couple of minutes. But even if you are already on the side of good health and habits, one challenge remains. This, unfortunately, does have a lot to do with money. It also has a lot to do with availability. Unless you had all the time in the world to cultivate your own organic vegetable garden, and your local climate was perfect for this, it remains problematic for folks like you and us to source a perfect and regular dose of recommended organic vegetables, whether for lunch time salads, hearty dinners, or even vegetable juice recipes that taste awesome!.

The big question always being asked by health conscious consumers every time they visit their local supermarket or organic produce store is this. Why are organic products always so much more expensive than the commercial lines, laced as they are with pesticides and processed to the hilt with chemical, sugary and salty ingredients all very bad for our health? There are many reasons for this, most of them wholly unacceptable to our mind, but now is not the place. For the time being, however, let us move on in trying to learn how to pick the best vegetable juice recipes to compensate for our lack of time, constrained budgets and accessibility challenges.

And what we’ve discovered through reading and research is that we can compile a list of easily accessible organic fruits and vegetables that won’t be costing us a fortune. Here is our short list of fruits and veggies;

The Fruits

Green, red and yellow apples, oranges, lemons and all other citrus fruits, pears, melons.

And the veggies

Beetroot, carrots, celery, broccoli, cucumber, green lettuce, baby marrow, Swiss chard, celery, sweet potatoes, parsley, mint, tomatoes.

You will notice that our list of vegetables is longer than our list of fruits. We can explain. Where we are from, vegetables, organic veggies anyhow, are collectively cheaper than our organic fruit varieties. Where we are, we are only able to purchase select fruits when they are ‘in season’. So, as you can see, there are no grapes or avocado pears on this list. It is a great pity, considering the bounty of benefits the delicious green avo presents. The other thing is that avocados are quite expensive out our way. Baby marrows are also known as zucchinis, while Swiss chard is another term for Spinach.

Depending on where you are in the world, your list may look a lot different from ours. This will have to do with you and your area’s socio-economic circumstances and your region’s climate. You would also be taking into account inflationary factors. One sure inflation buster, in any case, is to simply start up your own organic garden. In our case, unfortunately, growing our own fruit trees presents a number of obvious challenges, but that vegetable garden patch is coming closer to a thing of reality. We just need to remember not to use traditional pesticides, otherwise come harvest time; our vegetables won’t truly be organic.

The problem with organic gardening again is time. Not everyone has the time of day for this. Considering that we waste enough time in our day here, we have no excuses anymore. Time challenges exist in the kitchen too. When you pick out your available organic fruits and vegetables, you’ll need to consider just how long it’s going to take to prepare them for a quick fix. Here’s just one short example. Of course, there are plenty of others, but who’s got the time to list them all here.

It only takes five minutes

  • Ingredients – apple (one), half a pineapple (if you can get this and it’s not expensive), cucumber (whole), four Swiss chard leaves, and just a few mint leaves.
  • How to make – You just rinse the lot. You don’t even need to peel your pineapple. Lop the top off, cut the fruit into lengthwise quarters, and there you go; ready for the juicer. After that, juice all your ingredients. And then pour. You use the mint as a garnish (if you want, because the rich taste and aroma won’t appeal to all readers).

Easy, no? The above recipe holds a yield that can last you a few days, so if time’s really running against you, you have your juice in cold storage and ready to drink. By now, you must know that there are literally hundreds of fascinating and colorful and delicious looking juice and smoothie recipes on the internet. Don’t’ get too discouraged if you find you aren’t able to source all the ingredients on the list. You can always improvise.

And don’t get too excited either. Time and money against you, this could spell disaster. It will only be good for compost. Don’t go and make too much. Consider how many of you are in the house and how many of you will be drinking juices and smoothies. Consider their tastes as well. Only make a yield that will last you no more than three or four days (and will be consumed in that time). If you keep it any longer in your refrigerator the juice and smoothies will go off (smoothies often contain dairy products, so do consider this as well).



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