If you’re dabbling in juicing or getting ready to begin a juice fast, you will probably search for a shopping list to help you get started. When I first started juicing I looked high and low for a shopping list and never did find one, so today I put together a shopping list and tips just for you!
First a few shopping tips…
- In the Beginning, stick to one or two basic recipes (see mine below) that you like and make those most of the time. Making two basic recipes most of the time makes juicing fast and easy – I find that if juicing is easy, it’s easier to stick with it. Once settled in, you can begin to explore one or two new recipes a week. New variations here and there are nice, but don’t shop for a bunch of different recipes each week. If you do, you’ll find that not only will you have waste at the end of the week, but will have spent more money as well.
- Avoid waste by not overbuying produce. You can avoid waste by following my suggestion above and also by going to the store twice a week. I buy the bulk of my produce on Sunday at either Sam’s or Costco. I’ll often make a second stop on Sunday at Kroger or Meijer for items that I didn’t buy (because of price, condition or availability) or couldn’t find at Sam’s or Costco. On Wednesday or Thursday I’ll make a quick stop at the grocery – usually Kroger, Whole Foods, Meijer or Wal-Mart, to fill in whatever I need to get me through till Sunday. This may seem overwhelming, but after a few weeks you won’t need a list, you’ll start to know your prices and may enjoy a quick run through the produce department. This is really hard to believe in the beginning, but it’s true
- Shop smart. Follow the suggestions above and you’ll find you will save money by having less waste and getting the best prices. Make sure to read weekly sale flyers for specials and look for seasonal items which are always priced lower.
I love organic. I would love to only buy organic, but realistically I can’t always afford it. I do compare prices – sometimes organic is the same or even less. Sometimes it’s lots more. If I can afford it I buy it. If I can’t I don’t.
If it’s not organic: I would love to tell you that I peel my non-organic fruits and vegetables, but I don’t. I would never juice if I took the time to peel everything. It would make me crazy. I do wash my fruit and veggies – especially my non-organic. In the end, I believe juicing organic is better than non-organic and juicing non-organic is better than not juicing at all.
Here are the two basic recipes I would start with…
- 4 or 5 large handfuls of spinach leaves
- a large handful of small kale leaves (from a bag) or 4 large kale leaves from a bunch (no stems)
- 1/2 of a peeled cucumber
- 4 stalks of celery
- 2 medium green apples
- 1/2 (peeled) lemon OR if don’t love the lemon, use a small tip of ginger.
Carrot, Apple, Ginger
- 6 or 7 medium carrots
- 2 green apples OR 1 apple + 1 kiwi OR 1 apple + plus some chunks of pineapple
- 1 small tip of ginger. Note: if you are not used to ginger, the rule is to start with a small amount – about the size of a nickel, but a bit thicker. I now use a much larger piece, but in the beginning, even a small amount made me say “wow!”.
OPTION: To mix it up a bit, use 4 carrots and a 1/2 of sweet potato.
Here is a suggested shopping list:
Herbal tea for when you need something to take the edge off, stevia to sweeten the tea (the only brand I like is Nu Stevia – some are really bitter) and smooth move – a tea for light constipation.
Tip: Sip on the tea the minute you realize you are not regular. It will not cramp you up or hit you inconveniently!
Additionally, here is a printable list of additional recipes: I got most of these recipes from Join the Reboot.
- Printable recipes to explore some new variations
FYI… Don’t be so quick to make judgement on new juice recipes. Experiment a bit and keep trying/re-trying new things. I thought I hated beets in the beginning… even blogged about how I hated them, but after a while my taste buds began to crave the juices and like new things… like beets. You can read that story here.
One last thing is I would not recommend that you start juicing cold turkey – a little bit of preparation will make the first three days so much more bearable. I am not a huge fan of an elaborate pre-juicing regiment or shopping list. I explain my simple three-day prep in this article. If you haven’t read it yet, you might want to. It should help you to get started and avoid some misery those first three days as your body detoxes… get through those first three days and on day four of a juice fast you will feel fabulous!
Don’t want to do a fast? Try adding a juice or two each day to replace a meal or snack and you will love it! That’s how I started and since then I’ve lost over 67 lbs!