If you've just started juicing and been doing some research online, sooner or later you'll come across the topic of organic juices.
Some juicing fanatics insist on making juices from organic produce to be truly healthy.
While organic juicing is very beneficial, there are a few factors that we must look at to see if it's practical for you. Blindly following the herd is never a good thing.
* Your budget
Almost always, you'll find that organic foods cost more than foods that are not.
If your budget is tight, making organic juice can be difficult.
If this is the case, don't fret over it. You can get healthy juice by juicing normal fruits and vegetables too. Don't skip juicing just because you can't afford the more expensive produce.
* Which organic fruits and vegetables do you buy?
The reason you're asked to buy organic is so that you can avoid the pesticides and residue that is used in commercial farming. The important point to note here is that not all fruit and vegetable react to pesticides the same way.
The rate of absorption varies from fruit to fruit. Some absorb the pesticides and some don't. So, if you're on a limited budget and only have some extra money to spare on organic fruits/vegetables, it's best to buy the produce that's more vulnerable to the pesticides.
A rule of thumb is to make sure the following fruits are organic:
* Cherry tomatoes
Fruits and vegetables that do not need to be organic:
Now that you know which fruits and vegetables need to be organic and which are safe to eat even if they're commercially-farmed, you'll be able to spend your money where it matters.
* Alternating your juices
Another way to spend less and get some of the benefits of organic juicing will be to have a juice made with organic ingredients on alternate days. That will mean only 3 days of organic juices a week. This is manageable and will not burn a hole in your wallet.
* Looking for deals
If you wish, you may shop online and look for deals where you can get organic produce sent to you at a lower price.
* Visit your local farmer's market
Some places have farmer's markets where local farmers offer their organic produce at cheaper rates than what you'd find at the supermarket. Sometimes their produce costs more but you can haggle with them and get a better price.
Usually, this is the freshest produce that you can find and the juices that you make from these ingredients will generally be more nutritious and taste better.
* Grow them yourself
Don't panic just yet. Thousands of people have their own little organic gardens and even grow organic fruits and vegetables with container gardening.
So, if you have the space, time and interest to grow your own organic vegetables, do give it a try.
You'll not only save money, but there's a sense of satisfaction from knowing that you juiced something that you nurtured and grew on your own.
The feeling is priceless!
To conclude, just remember that while organic juicing is great, if it's beyond your budget, you can still benefit from juicing non-organic produce. Follow the tips in this article and apply them in your juicing lifestyle.