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Juicing At Home—Is it Worth it?

Juicing in the past 10 years has exploded. More than ever people are turning to juicing to improve their health and vitality. As a result of this increased demand, the market has responded with juicing products, cafes, and stores. Big name juicing companies are introducing 100% juice products. Local cafes are adding fresh juices to their menus. Lastly, juicing at home is on the rise with the advent of home juicing appliances.

With a plethora of options, we are left to figure out what is the best way to get our tasty juice.

Juicing at home

To answer the question of whether or not we should juice at home, we have to consider a number of factors. These factors include cost, location, convenience and control.

After weighing each of these factors I decided that juicing at home was the way to go. 3 years ago I purchased my own Omega J006.

Since then, I’ve been making juice at home and have learned a lot in the process. Here’s how you can find out if juicing at home is right for you.

Factors to Consider for Juicing at Home

Whether or not juicing at home is right for you depends on a number of factors. Each of these factors will be more important to some than others. I’ve broken it down into 4 main factors—location, convince, control and cost.

Location: 

This is an important factor that may limit you to only a few options. If you live in a rural area with a limited or non-existent selection of juice bars and health cafe’s then you are out of luck. In this case, you are limited to making juice at home or purchasing pre-packaged juice at the grocery store. If you live in a suburb or city then you most likely have access to fresh juice at a health food store or juice bar. In that case juicing at home might not be necessary.

Convenience

This factor ties into the first one, location. Juicing at home, to some, might be extremely convenient if they live on a farm. To a New York banking executive, it might be more convenient to purchase a juice on the way home from a local cafe. Convince will depend on location and lifestyle. If you live a busy, jet-setting lifestyle then juicing at home will not be feasible. I love juicing at home, but it can be a time-consuming process. Make sure you are honest with yourself about how much time and effort you are willing to commit to juicing. However, keep in mind that a busy juice bar might take just as long.

Control: 

This factor is a little more subjective and based on personal preference. You want to take into account things like allergies and the types of plants you will be juicing. For example, juice bars in your area might not juice the type of plant you want to consume. You will be limited to their menu, ratios, and veggies. It will be tougher to get creative in the juice making process.

If you do, it will most likely cost you extra.

When you juice at home, you control every single thing that goes into your juicer. You know where each vegetable came from and exactly how much you used.  This can make or break it for some. It was the main factor in my decision. Over the years I’ve come to enjoy the process of going to the grocery store, hand picking vegetables and going home to juice them. This process is lost when you go to the local cafe and order a “Green Supreme”.

If you’re someone who likes to control every aspect of their health and nutrition then juicing at home is right for you.

Cost:

Cost is the last factor you want to consider. No matter how you slice it, juicing is not cheap. However, depending on your situation there are some things you can do to try and reduce costs.  For me, juicing is for life. That’s partly why I purchased a juicer for my home.

Over the long run, I will save money.

A large green juice from a cafe can run you as much as 12 dollars. This adds up over time. With your own juicer, that same 12 dollars will get you twice as much juice.

This will pay off over the life of the juicer and add up to big savings.

For example: Let’s say you like to enjoy a green juice 4 times a week. From the local juice bar that would cost you $10 x 4= $40/week.

Total: $2080/year

Juicing at home those same veggies cost you $5 x 4= $20/week. For 52 weeks that is $1040/year. Plus the cost of the juicer—$250.

Total: $1290/year

From these rough calculations, it is clear you save money and pay back the juicer in under a year.

For some, these numbers will be too big to ignore and juicing at home will be the clear option. For others the convenience of picking up a juice on the way to work in the morning will far outweigh the extra money spent.

These decisions are based on your personal situation. Weigh out these 4 factors carefully before deciding if juicing at home is right for you.

After weighing all the factors myself I decided that spending a few extra dollars upfront on a juicer was worth it. Unless you live in a big city and have a plethora of disposable income then juicing at home is the way to go. Making some juice at home is cost effective, gives you control over what you put in your body and in most cases more convenient.

Plus, juicing at home keeps my refrigerator stocked with fresh fruits and veggies. What’s not to love about that?

-Nick

PS: You can get the juicer I recommend over all others here.

PPS: If you are on a budget Breville BJE2000XL is a solid alternative.

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