Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cost of Juicing and What I Eat (Drink)

The other day I was reading an article that said the cost of a juice fast (only juice, no other food) is $14/day for regular produce and much higher, like $26/day for organic. That seemed awfully high to me. I am not totally fasting, but I am eating only one small meal per day and juice the rest of the time. I have increased my juice to 3 different juices each day. For example, here is the produce I made and will consume as juice for today:

3 cups baby spinach
2 green apples
half a lemon
3 kiwis
half a sweet potato
1 large cucumber
4 carrots
1/4 of a pineapple
half of a small watermelon
half a lime
half a head of red leaf lettuce

A little fruit heavy today; yesterday I had:

6 celery stalks
1 large cucumber
2 green apples
6 large kale leaves
1/2 a lemon
a pint of cherry tomatoes
4 carrots
1" of ginger
1 orange

It's fun combining veggies and fruits to make new juices. I have a sweeter, fruitier juice for breakfast and then the veggie juices the rest of the day. I also have a handful of raw almonds or walnuts and 1/4 of an avocado when I am hungry.

Now to cost. I saved my receipt from my last shopping trip. I bought organic when possible and bought varieties that were lower cost or on sale (for example, the small green apples were priced 30% less than the large green apples. Here's what I got:

two, 2-lb bags of organic carrots
8 smaller size Granny Smith apples
1 pineapple
one bag of 7 medium lemons
a large container of organic baby spinach
5 large navel oranges
one small seedless watermelon
2 large organic cucumbers
1 large head of organic red leaf lettuce
1 bunch of organic lacinto kale
2 organic zucchinis
1 avocado

This cost me just over $31. It will make my juice for about 4 days, with a few things leftover but also using a few things I had on hand like a lime and some tomatoes. So about $8/day to juice. I drink about 3 quarts per day. I think you could do it cheaper if you did not buy organic and if you stocked up on the sale items.

My blood pressure has started to trend downwards with juicing. Pre-juicing, I was getting as high as 166/101 *with* medication (not good at all) and now, while juicing, the highest I have seen is 143/86 (and it is regularly closer to 130/80, sometimes 120/70). I still don't have a ton of energy.

I am slowly easing into a plant-based diet. Today will be the first day I have eaten nothing but plant based foods. I am trying to view this juicing as an elimination diet: no grains, no sugar, no soy or dairy, no peanuts. So far I have not been eating meat, either... only an egg once in awhile. I plan to try and stay with fruit/veg juice, nuts, seeds, and avocado for a bit and then slowly add in other plant foods like beans and legumes. I don't exactly have a schedule of when to add in what, yet. I have thought about adding in meat instead of beans, to stay lower carb. But for now I am trying to get all the junk out of my system and stay with the basics of juices, nuts, and avocado.


Anonymous said...


Just remember, muscle needs protein. Your heart is muscle. Your body will eat your muscles (which means you'll end up with more fat) to feed your heart.

Just sayin.


Lyn said...


that was my first thought (second being, omg carbs!) when I considered juicing. I worried about protein. It's a bit lower than I am used to... 23 grams so far today... but I think short term it won't hurt anything. I will add the beans and/or meat back in soon.

Kathleen said...

Watch "Forks over Knives" on netflix. Protein needs are grossly overstated. A plant based lifestyle is the only way to save your life.

timothy said...

I totally disagree that a plant based diet is the ONLY way to save your life. people are designed to eat meat and plants (look at our teeth) that is not my opinion it is a biological fact. you can with effort and careful planning plus loads of vitamins live a plant based life and be perfectly healthy but it's not the only way. do what feels right for you and listen to your body, our advice is what works for us so take what feels right and ignore the rest.

JM said...

Are u aware if the dirty dozen? A list if which veggies and fruits are most toxic if non organic. I use that list to save money and buy organic from the top 12 "dirty" list and conventional for the rest

JM said...

Also spinach and other plants provide protein

Lyn said...


yes! Great suggestion. That is a perfect way to save money... only buy organic if it's on that list. Thanks for bringing that up.

Kathleen said...

Plant based diet doesn't mean that you eat no meat, only that the majority of your calories should be from plant based sources.