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Buying fresh produce from the grocery store on a regular basis is common to all households, whereby they are consumed daily in various meals or as snacks and at least at my house, are frequently used to make juices. Fruits and vegetable juices can be both delicious and healthy when freshly made and are commonly enjoyed by everyone. However, due to the frequent consumption of fruits and vegetables in considerable quantities, people end up spending a lot of money in buying them. Additionally they’re very often bought excessively, a lot of which ends up in waste. To help save money while juicing for your health and still buy quality fresh produce to include in your juice diet, there are certain measures that can be taken
All fresh produce have an optimal season, when they’re harvested in large quantities and of the best quality, for example, grapes and apples are harvested best in winters and mangoes in the summers. During this period, due to their abundance, the fruits and vegetables are much cheaper and sold more readily. They’re also at a higher quality and sold at great discount prices. It is beneficial to understand the annual cycles of the fruits and vegetables to optimize your purchases. Hence, it is smart to buy fresh produce for a juicing diet when they are in season.
When in season, fruits and vegetables are often put on sale, it could be useful to check with the grocery stores and compare the prices to see which stores have the best sales. A little bit of research would be worthwhile to save some money. Grocer’s often change the fruits and vegetables on sale from week to week; make sure to regularly check the stores for deals on items you might desire. It is also often advised to buy fruits and vegetables in bulk if possible as it’ll always ensure a discount. However make sure to avoid buying excessive amounts, this can lead to an increase in waste and lost money if you don’t preserve them properly and use them in time.
Fruits and vegetables found in grocery shops or supermarkets are often processed and/or imported, they’re both expensive and moderately artificial due to hormones and preservatives being pumped in them for better sales. It would’t take much to look around and find a local farmer’s market in you town. They usually set up shop in the mornings through to the afternoon, for about 6-8 months a year. It is a much better option to buy fresh produce from local farmer’s markets and CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture), as you will assuredly get natural harvested fruits, picked daily straight from the farmer’s fields, where they are collected and delivered straight to shop. Fruits and vegetables in such local markets will in most cases be less expensive and you will also be able to negotiate prices, depending on the amount you are buying and the frequency with which you shop there. Also, especially when being bought for juicing, keep in mind that produce in the markets can have been there for days looking fresh because of artificial preservatives, but are probably not as healthy. Whereas fruits and vegetables selling in farmer’s markets are always freshly picked and will have a higher retained nutritional value as well as being raised organic.
Now a days local farmer’s markets are also being approved by the state, those that are certified by the National Farmers’ Retail and Market Association (FARMA) are especially known to offer high quality produce for good deals. Along with good quality you are also offered a great variety of fruits and vegetables to choose from of all shapes and sizes, it could be a much more interesting and worthy experience as compared to buying in supermarkets.
Most importantly when buying from the local ‘pick-up-yourself’ shops or from farmer’s markets, not only is it beneficial for you, it is also an added benefit for the farmer’s whereby you help support the smaller and more local businesses that work to grow eco-friendly, cheap and high quality produce. When buying locally you are also boosting the country’s economy by sufficiently administering the policy of demand and supply, instead of buying imported products.
Growing plants in your backyard can sound harder that it really is, especially if you’ve never tried your hand at it before. Certain vegetables like tomatoes and peas are very adaptable and grow easily. Along with spinach, zucchini and radishes, they grow fast and need little care. At first, it does require patience and a little bit of acquired skill, but there really isn’t much to do and you can have healthy vegetables growing at home in no time. These fruits and vegetables would be easy to pick and include in your healthy juice diet. You can even use your kitchen waste as fertilizers; it is the most natural and rich option, most easily available, providing you the cheapest option for fresh produce.
It is important to refrigerate your produce, regardless of whether it is to be consumed in the next couple of hours of days. This way not only do they remain healthy for long periods of time, and avoid losing their nutrients, but you can also prevent from having to buy more and save money. It’s also a good idea to look up the optimal period of certain fruits and vegetables before you cut them up and freeze it.
Fruits like bananas and oranges should be frozen in their peel, in order to keep the inside fresh, even though over time the peel grows black in color. Apples, pears etc, can be frozen whole or chopped, with or without their peels in zip lock bags. Lemons and grapes can be simply frozen, as long as they’re firm when first bought.
Vegetables like beans, carrots and radishes can be frozen for up to a month when kept in plastic bags. Celery can be frozen in an air-tight container and herbs, lettuce etc should be chopped and placed in ice trays with a little water to preserve them for long term.