Let’s be honest for a minute: juicing can get expensive. Purchasing a delicious variety of fresh fruits and vegetables can add quite a bit to your grocery bill, especially in the dead of winter, when there’s not a non-mealy tomato in sight. Of course, you can’t put a price on your health–but what’s a juice fiend to do when the monthly budget is looking a bit tight?
Welcome to our new monthly feature: Super Cheap Green Juice! We’ll give you a recipe for the cheapest green juice you can make each month, featuring whatever fruits and veggies are in season. If you haven’t figured it out by now, seasonal produce is always cheaper than out-of-season. That’s why strawberries are approximately one million dollars a pound at the grocery store right now. Each glass of juice should cost you less than $2 (depending on the prices at your local grocery store, of course).
February is a peak month for both kale and citrus.
Here’s a recipe that features both:
Grapefruit Ginger Green Juice (Super Cheap!)
approx. 1/3 bunch kale
1/2 inch fresh ginger, peeled
Run all ingredients through the juicer, including the kale stems. Makes one serving.
Of course, grocery store prices will vary, depending on where you’re from, but around here (southern Midwest), a week of this juice would run me about $12, or $1.71 per glass of juice (that’s one serving, once a day, for seven days). You can cut down on costs by using half of a grapefruit per glass, but of course you’ll get less juice.
Here’s your shopping list for one week of Grapefruit Ginger Green Juice:
2 bunches kale
Small piece fresh ginger (approx. 3.5 inches)
Grapefruit and ginger are a match made in heaven, so juice (seasonally) away!