Raw Food Recipes Menu: February 16, 2014 … Juicing on a Budget

I’ve been into raw foods for almost ten years but am just now doing my
first juice feast/fast. Ironically, one of the things that always held
me back was how expensive I figured it would be. Curiosity {always!}
gets the best of me eventually, so last week I decided to try a 10 day
juice fast and see if I could juice on $10 a day or less. 
For me, it’s day five and everything is great. Not only do I feel wonderful (lots of energy, sleeping well, skin feels great, losing a few pounds, etc.), but I’ve been able to do it for $10 a Day (or Less). Here’s a day long juicing menu with the prices I’ve been paying for things.
Just remember to make sure you get enough juice. About 3-4 quarts will provide 1000 calories or so. Cucumbers, carrots, and bagged apples are quite economical. I have not used all organic produce, but do when I can and when it’s available.
Also, make sure to drink water while juicing. It make feel like you’re getting plenty of fluids from drinking all that juice, but adding in an additional quart or so of water will ensure you stay hydrated.

Breakfast
1 serving ~ $2.50 per serving

ingredients

  • 2 beets ($1.00)
  • 2 oranges ($1.00)
  • 5 carrots  ($.50)

instructions

  • Process all ingredients through a juicer.


Lunch
1 serving ~ $3.00 per serving

ingredients

  • 10 stalks celery ($1.00)
  • 4 apples ($2.00)

instructions

  • Process all ingredients though a juicer.

Dinner
1 serving ~ $3.50 per serving

ingredients

  • 10 stalks celery ($1.00)
  • 2 cucumbers ($1.00)
  • 1/4 head cabbage ($.50)
  • 1 lb carrots ($1.00)

instructions

  • Process all ingredients through a juicer.

Dessert
1 serving ~ $.30 per serving

I love chocolate, and having a small chocolate something has kept me happily juicing and feeling like I can do this as long as I want or need to. This isn’t going to compared to a creamy shake made of bananas, but for being just cocao powder, water, and stevia, it’s quite good.

ingredients

  • 10 ice cubes
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons cacao powder ($.30)
  • 2-3 droppers stevia

instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and frosty.

Total Cost for the Day: $8.80

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7 Responses

  1. Rumon Raj says:

    The benefits of juicing carrots are mostly associated with reducing the levels of bad cholesterol in the body. Carrot juice is extremely beneficial for people suffering from cardiac diseases.
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  2. elizabeth says:

    I just love this post!! Happy Juicing Lisa.
    Peace & Raw Heath,
    ELizabeth

  3. Yum! I am feeling inspired to join you!! xo

  4. kelli says:

    great photos! love the menu, esp the dessert!