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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Choosing Produce to Juice

What to buy? What to juice?  How do I choose?  So many decisions!  Once we set a day to begin juicing, we planned to visit our local Farmers' Market here in downtown Winter Park first.  We knew that we wanted organic veggies and fruit or locally grown produce.  Actually, our choices at the Farmers' Market were only locally grown, so we decided to load up on those first.  

Since we are in the middle of the citrus season here in Florida, oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, lemons and limes are in an abundance and quite inexpensive. Bell peppers, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, parsley, radishes, garlic, and of course the WONDERFUL kale were on the "must have" list!  We had a blast and didn't break the bank with our stock of goodies!

Now that we have been juicing for five weeks, we've committed to purchasing as much organic produce as possible.  While we realize that organic produce is slightly more expensive than regular produce, we feel that we are investing in our health and would much rather spend our hard earned money on organics than more ER visits, doctor visits, or prescription medications.   

A list of produce that we purchase organically may include items such as kale, spinach, cucumbers, apples, carrots, strawberries and other berries, and celery.  They are on the list of the "Dirty Dozen" and have less pesticides on them.  You can read about the "Dirty Dozen" HERE.

I hope you have fun in the organic section of your local grocery store, produce market, or a road side stand!  I look at veggies and fruit in a whole new way these days - I know I feel better and stronger because of this new way of eating and my hope is that YOU DO TOO!!!

Until next time...

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