Plant a Juice Garden
So, wasn’t it way back in January that we resolved to eat healthier and exercise more? Well, here we are several months later, still ordering in pizza while snuggling on the comfy couch.
Now we have another chance to get it right: Why not jump on the nationwide trend of juicing fruits, vegetables and herbs? Spring is the perfect time to start, and with a little planning, by summer you can harvest many of the best ingredients for juicing, whether you have a garden, an orchard or even just a few patio containers.
If you’ve never juiced before, be warned: It can be expensive. That’s because it takes a lot of fruits and vegetables to yield a single glass of juice. And if it becomes a part of your daily routine, the grocery bills can definitely add up. The good news is that growing many of your own fruits and vegetables can help offset that cost. Plus, you’ll have the added benefit of consuming only the very freshest ingredients!
As you plan your garden, be it for summer or even for fall, here are some plant ideas to consider:
- Leafy greens: Spinach, Swiss chard, kale, collards. For those who have turned their noses up at these guys since childhood, juicing is a great way to consume these nutrient-rich veggies!
- Juicy fruits: They make take several years to produce a harvest after planting, but fruit trees and shrubs like apples, pears, oranges and tangerines are good candidates for juicing—especially for adding a little sweetness to the taste of your concoctions. Also consider crops like blueberries, strawberries and blackberries as well as watermelon and cantaloupe.
- Root for roots: Carrots, sweet potatoes, beets (all parts), rutabagas, parsnips and kohlrabi are great choices.
- Watery stuff: Tomatoes, cucumbers and celery top this list, along with herbs like lemon balm, mint and basil.
- Microgreens and more: Arugula, cilantro, tatsoi, sprouts, wheatgrass. Second only to the juicing rage are microgreens—tiny, nutrient-filled leafy greens and herbs that can be grown from seed indoors—and other plants perfect for snipping from a tray in a window.
Now, try your hand at juicing with this vitamin-packed green juice:
Yields one juice drink
- 1 cup spinach
- 2 leaves kale
- 2 medium-sized apples
- 1 handful parsley
Process all ingredients in a juicer. Shake or stir, then serve immediately.