6 Reasons You Should Juice at Home
We love juicing here at BB. We believe it’s the main pillar for a complete and healthy lifestyle. If you’re still on the fence, we’ve compiled a list. Here are our top 6 reasons you should juice at home starting today!
We covered this in our post on Juicing at Home, but it bears mentioning again. Juicing at home is a great way to save money in multiple ways.
If you enjoy drinking juice often than making juices at home will save you a ton of money.
Local juice bars are now selling a 12oz green juice for $12+! By juicing at home you can dramatically reduce those costs. It doesn’t take long before those savings add up and pay back the initial cost of the juicer.
In most cases, you will pay back your juicer in under a year.
Daily Dose of Greens
I’m not going to lie, I don’t like to eat my vegetables. Who does? Before juicing I looked at vegetables as an extra item to prepare when making a meal. I would even regularly leave them out of my meals. Now, I see them as wonderful sources of vitamins and minerals. Since starting juicing, I rarely leave a green juice or vegetables of some kind out of at least one of my daily meals.
The main reason for this is that juicing has given me the ability to juice in bulk and store the extra juice afterward. This is especially true when it comes to masticating juicers like the Omega J8006 (read my review here). Masticating juicers, juice in a way that slows the oxidation process of juice. This means you can store it in your fridge safely for 2-3 days from the time of juicing.
If you haven’t had a fresh juice then you are missing out. Now, I’m sure someone is thinking, “yeah I love Welches 100% grape juice”. I’m not talking about that kind of juice. Companies, like Welches, pasteurize their juice. This kills off all the vital enzymes that make juice great for digestion. Not only that but it’s been packaged, shipped, and stored for who knows how long before it gets to you. By then, it’s not much more than colored sugar and water.
A fresh juice you make at home has none of that. No added sugars, no pasteurization or lengthy storage. The combinations of flavors you can create is remarkable. The possibilities are endless and that’s what I enjoy more than anything. When I give friends a taste of my juice their face puckers up. Over time my pallet has adjusted. Now, half an apple in a juice of kale, lemon, celery and ginger make things sweet enough for me. My pancreas will thank me when I’m older 🙂
Making juice at home is convenient. Sure it’s convenient in the sense that when I crave a juice I don’t have to leave my house to get one. It’s also convenient in ways I could never think of before owning a juicer. It gives me a piece of mind when I go to buy groceries. It takes the guess work out of fruits and vegetables. Let me explain.
When I go to the grocery store, I buy an assortment of produce that is in season and looks good. Now, my fridge is stocked with veggies that I can use for meals or juice. If anything starts to go bad I just juice it. It also means that my fridge is constantly stocked with veggies. This habit fuels its self. By having a juicer in the house I’m actually encouraged to buy and consume more vegetables. A habit that is self-rewarding and makes me healthy is an automatic win-win.
Detox and Immune booster
I talked about this in my post on juicing for a cold, but it deserves mention. The number one way I fight a cold these days is with one of those immune-boosting recipes. Another instance where I’ll reach for a juice is after a night of drinking. I have fond memories huddled over my
Another instance where I’ll reach for a juice is after a night of drinking. I have fond memories huddled over my juicer the morning after my friends 30th birthday party. When I’m hung over and can barely put down food. A fresh ginger juice settles my stomach. Here is the recipe: 1-2 oranges, 1 lemon, 1 green apple and a healthy nub of ginger.
I’ll also mention that some claim drinking fresh juice cured their cancer. While we certainly won’t make those claims, it’s something to note. At the very least we can say that drinking juice is healthy for you.
It’s a Ritual
This may sound weird, but I find juicing to be quite calming. For me, it’s a ritual. Juicing is a great way to slow down and reset. I’ve come to enjoy shopping for, picking out, cutting and juicing, different produce. It’s forced me to learn a few simple things about each vegetable. Like, how to cut and prepare each one.
Before I got into this I had no idea what fennel was or that it tastes like black licorice. I thought beets were something you only ate at Thanksgiving. Now they’ve become a staple in my juicing diet. All of this happened because of juicing. Also, if you have a family or spouse then making juice at home is a great activity everyone can enjoy.
Why do you juice? Let us know in the comments below!
PS You can get the juicer I have here.
PPS You can find some great juicing recipes here.