Juice Fasting On A Budget
Published on March 29th, 2013 | by Juicefast.com1
How to Juice Fast On A Limited Budget
Many people are discouraged from starting a juice fast when they realize how much it may cost. However for those who are willing to do a non organic fast, and don’t mind putting in a little time to research and possibly travel, then the cost of a juice fast can actually be quite affordable.
Let’s face it, a juice fast does require a lot of produce per day. If you have ever made a large 500 ml (17 fl oz) glass of fresh vegetable juice, you will know just how much produce goes into it. So if you multiply that produce by 5 or 6, you are then looking at just how much you are going to need each day to support your juice fast.
If you’re on a short-term 1-5 day juice fast, then investing $10-$80 (approx) on your health isn’t going to quite break the bank. An extended juice fast however, of anywhere from 7-60 days, will require a little time & planning to keep the costs within budget.
Plan your juices
Firstly, when planning your fast you should think about the types of juices you will drink. However do take into consideration that you should aim for a quota of at least 75%-80% vegetables.
The internet is littered with juice recipes which use a whole host of different ingredients. Simplifying your juices by choosing recipes that don’t require too many different ingredients or exotic fruits & vegetables would be a good start. You should also be sure to make choices which include produce that is currently ‘in season’ and readily available, as out of season will always be much more expensive.
Choosing the produce staples (that’s the fruit & vegetables that you will use more often in larger quantities) will assist you to seek out the best deals.
As an example, when I am juice fasting my main staples are Apples, Carrots & Cucumbers. My secondary staples are smaller quantities of Lemons, Spinach & Celery. These make up the base of most of my juices. Any other produce used would be purchased in smaller quantities and mixed with the staples.
So primarily I would be looking for the best prices for Apples, Carrots & Cucumbers, and then Lemons, Spinach & Celery.
So we have chosen our staples, now it’s time to shop…
How & where you shop will depend on where you live and what’s available to you by way of produce retailers. Here are my tips for finding the best buys.
If you have a few national supermarkets in your area, you can normally check & compare the produce prices online for each store and determine the best value. Try and compare most, if not all, prices per kilo (or lb), as single products and pack sizes can vary in size greatly from store to store.
For readers in the UK MySupermarket allows you to search prices at Tesco, Asda & Sainsburys all from 1 page. It’s free to browse and no sign up is required.
MySupermarket.com will be available for US readers in the near future.
Most supermarkets will normally run special price promotions on a fortnightly cycle, so keep checking in to see what’s on offer and make note of when the offers are due to change.
If you decide to use a supermarket for your produce, then try to visit in the early evening. This is the time when you are most likely to find end of day reductions on produce that has either met its sell by date or is slightly damaged. Just because the sell by date has been reached, it doesn’t necessarily mean the produce is going to be bad and not good for juicing. By law, the supermarket can’t sell it after this date, so you can often pick up quite a few bargains for just a few cents (pence) each.
Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask staff when they do their ‘final reductions’ or when the special offers are due to change.
Local farmers markets can be a good source for buying your produce cheaper. An online search can normally find where and when they are on in your area.
Most stalls will normally have their prices displayed, but don’t be scared to ask the price for bulk! You are more likely to be offered a discount if you ask how much 10 kg of carrots and /or apples will cost. If the market is on fairly regular, it can also be helpful to become a regular customer and build up a rapport with the stall holder. Let them know that you are juice fasting as they may be able to offer more discounts & also provide you with ‘seconds’; the ugly-looking stuff that no one wants, but is still perfectly fresh and great for juicing.
If you live close to and have a membership for a wholesale warehouse club such as Costco or Sam’s Club, it would definitely be worth checking their produce prices. For those in the USA, Sam’s club allows you to check some prices online. Do however be sure to compare the prices with your local supermarket as they are not necessarily always cheaper.
Of course the most cost-effective option, if you have the grounds and some spare time, would be to grow your own produce. If that sounds of interest to you and you haven’t got any garden space, then you could always find out if there is a community garden available in your area.
I do hope that some of the tips in this article prove helpful for those considering a juice fast. In an ideal world an organic fast would be more desirable. If you are juicing for serious health problems then I would recommend you consider stretching your budget to include organics, but use the same tips as above to get the best prices possible. If you are juice fasting for weight loss and minor health issues, non organic fruits and vegetables are perfectly adequate. However do ensure that you wash your produce thoroughly or soak in a vinegar water mix prior to juicing.
If you have your own tips on juice fasting on a budget then do please let us know on the comments form below.