February 11, 2012

Homemade Juice vs. Store Bought Juice and Lemonade

Let's talk juicing.  Not the steroid baseball player kind but the fresh produce kind.

Out of this World Lemonade!
One morning, over the summer I stopped by my sister-in-law's apartment.  She handed me an orange and a grapefruit to peel.  She rinsed a few grapes and set up her juicer.  She was going to make me some homemade juice.  What a treat that I stopped by in the morning!

After my first sip I was hooked!  It was like no other store bought juice I have ever had.  I knew from that moment I had to have my own juicer.  A few weeks later I got a membership to Costco.  Natalie and I journeyed around the warehouse taking in all of the sights and sounds and tastes around us.  And as we all know, the universe works in mysterious ways, Costco just so happened to be running a sale on their juicers for $89 compared to the regularly priced $100!  It was fate.  The juice Gods were listening.

Now, if only they would provide me with someone to wash all of the produce, peel it, cut it up, juice it, take the juicer apart and wash it all.  I would sure appreciate it!

Like, maybe these guys?  They seem to like fruit!
Keep reading - there's an Out of This World Lemonade Recipe below the educational stuff!

Drinking freshly squeezed juice is not only refreshing and delicious, but provides numerous health benefits that often get lost in the processing that juices in jugs or cartons have to go through.

While you may be hesitant to invest in a juicer it's actually much more cost-effective. Think of the wide variety of juices you can make for yourself without having to pay for the fancy packaging and marketing.  It's like a big booyah to the MAN!

Drinking freshly squeezed juice can also be an efficient way to reach your recommended five to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

Fast Nutrient Absorption
Did you know that only about 80% of Americans are not eating enough fruits and veges?  That means free radicals begin to run rampant in the body without the protection of the antioxidants you get from those fresh fruits and veges.  That's where the serious diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and age-related macular degeneration come in.  Fresh squeezed juices are more easily absorbed by the body because the nutrients from the fruit and veges have already been broken down into a digestible form the body can use within 30 minutes of consumption.

Reduced Calories and Sugar
This is a huge perk for my family.  I can't stand the thought of all of the extra added unnecessary sugars added to juice.  Fruit is naturally sweet to begin with, people!  Processed juices often contain a large amount of added sugars or sweeteners, which adds all of those extra unwanted, unneeded calories!  The amounts in fresh squeezed juice are much smaller and will help you avoid the inevitable fat storage that ensues with excess amounts of sugar in the diet.  Not to mention, you also get to avoid other processed ingredients, such as, corn syrup, food coloring, and fructose.  All UNNATURAL substances that really don't provide any real nutritional value to your body.

Prevention and Protection
Fresh squeezed juice in it's most natural and unprocessed form can help to ward off many ailments.
  • Drinking citrus juices two to three times a week can help to prevent kidney stones.
  • Cherry juice has been linked to helping with gout and gouty arthritis.
  • Tomato juice is filled with the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to the prevention of cancer.
  • Cranberry juice is best known to help in the prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections.

All of that yummy sweet juice also helps to provide your body with large amounts of water, which in turn provides your body with energy.  It helps to keep you metabolism active and promotes the health and elasticity of your skin.  Hello, can you say younger looking skin!!  Not to mention the fact that the water in freshly squeezed juice also helps your body to better process the carbs, which come from natural sugars in the juice, along with vitamins, minerals and enzymes that come from the whole food source.

Warning - I should inform you that after you have had a big glass of freshly squeezed juice, do not trust your farts!  This is a warning from an outside source, not a personal experience.  I swear!  You've been warned!

We had a couple of lemons in the fridge and Nat wanted homemade lemonade.  I explained to her that I would need a lot more lemons to make enough lemonade for her.  That put me on the search for a lemonade recipe and low and behold I came across one that was sugar free.  Well, hell fire!  Let's give it a shot.  What's to lose?  Am I glad we did!  It was the best lemonade we have ever had!  You won't believe there is only 1/4 of a lemon in it.

Lemonade - Out of this World!
Yield: 1 tall glass 

  • 4 apples, such as Gala or Fuji
  • 1/4 of a lemon
  1. Juice apples and 1/4 of a lemon in your juicer. 
  2. Stir and drink!
Adapted from Squidoo

Servings: 1 tall glass
Calories: 77
Total Fat:  0 g
Cholesterol:  0 mg.
Sodium:  0 mg.
Protein:  0.1g.

Do you juice? What's your favorite combination of fruits and veges?


  1. I've always been tempted to get a juicer and this post may have given me the push to do it. Love all of the information you provide, but I think I like your choice of peelers, juicers and washers best! :) Your lemonade sounds healthy and refreshing!

  2. I've been juicing for years now and I'll never go back to store bought juice. A great energy boosting juice to try is pear,celery and ginger. Beet juice is also fantastic, it has a sweet,earthy taste that mixes really well with oranges. The possibilities are endless so get all up in that juicer!

  3. @MJ - LOL! I'm gonna have to agree. I sure wouldn't mind inviting them over to juice for me :)

  4. @Tara - Great suggestions! I'm putting these ingredients on my shopping list for this week. I can't wait to try them!

  5. My brother always wanted a juicer when we were growing up, but my mom would never buy one. He wanted everything he saw on an informercial, though.
    This juice looks amazing, love the apples in it!

  6. @Erin - Thanks! I think that's what spurred my sister-in-law in to buying one. She's an infomercial watcher. LOL!

  7. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe Dee! It looks amazing. Happy Valentine's Day to you and your family!

  8. Costco always seems to have just what I think I need and more :) I don't have a juicer, but have been making so many smoothies with fresh fruits lately. This lemonade looks fantastic! It makes me think I'll need a juicer in my kitchen before summer!

  9. Why is this the first post I've seen in my reader in a while for you. Did you change your url? Onto the recipe....Can't wait to try it. and all the other healthy stuff you've posted since my reader last picked up one of your posts (November?)

  10. @Apron Appeal - I don't know what the deal is. I have had others say the same thing. I'm hoping it's fixed now!

  11. Ugh, I am becoming a kitchen gadget hoarder. Maybe we should just move a tad bit closer together so that we can borrow these things from each other!

    With all the true "health" food I have been making, I now have a dehydrator, crock pot, air popper for popcorn, grain mill, waffle iron, donut pans....and need a deep freeze to store the nuts I am about to purchase from Azure Standard (hey, look into them for your bulk items (beans, grains, nuts) cause they are finally HERE!) I have so much shit it's crazy.

  12. I have been reading a lot about juicing lately.
    I think this seems like a great recipe to start

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