The listed items below are a suggestion for fruits and veggies to buy for the first 3 days of the feast. The reason why I suggest buying the produce maximum every three days is because if you were to buy all the produce for the full 7 days at once, it probably wouldn’t fit in your refrigerator. Also, the fresher the better and fruit & vegetable prices tend to fluctuate day by day— better to get everything at a good cost. Also after the first 2-3days, you’ll have an idea as to what fruits, veggies and greens you like in your juices and which ones you chose to leave out. It’s very important that you enjoy your juices and that you have a variety of different fruits, veggies and greens to chose from and varied combinations.
Variation is very important!! Make sure you rotate your greens; one day you may make juices out of spinach and kale, the next out of arugula and swiss chard. Keep rotating the greens because greens contain alkaloids that can be poisonous if they build up in your body (the way to avoid any problem is to make sure you aren’t just juicing one type of green, but you make juices out of different greens and you rotate them every day or every few days).
The more fruit you buy the better, especially the fruit that may need a few days to get ripe (melons, mangos, pears, etc.). All the food on this list will last more than 3 days in the refrigerator, so in case you have more than enough for three days, you can continue using the foods for the remainder of the feast. By the 3rd day of the feast, you will know which fruits and greens you like in your juices and it will be easier to shop. If there are certain fruits, veggies & greens you don’t like, you probably wont like their juice either—so don’t buy it!!!
Make sure not to over-shop, you need everything to fit in your refrigerator. If you prefer buying fresh fruit, veggies and greens everyday instead of every 3 days—go ahead, that is great as well!
3 Day Shopping List:
· 6 pounds of Greens
o (1 pound of greens = 1 head of lettuce, 1bunch of kale or 1 box of spinach)
o Kale, Spinach, Collard Greens, Swiss Chard, Red Lettuce, Romaine Lettuce, Parsley, Green Lettuce, Butter Lettuce, Beet Greens, Dandelion Greens, Nettles, Arugula/Roquette, Lamb’s Quarter, Coriander / Cilantro, Mâche, Baby Greens, Cabbage, Basil, Oregano, Sprouts, Wild Edible Greens, Etc..
· 3 bunches of Celery
· 10 small-medium Cucumbers (or 4 large Cucumbers)
· 1 large bunch of Beets (6 beets or more)
· 10 pounds of Carrots
· 5 Tomatoes
· 1 bunch Green Onions
· 1 Lemon
· 1 Lime
· 12 Apples
· 12 Pears
Fruit—buy a bunch of fruit, whatever you like, that is ripe, in season and good price! (If you are on a budget, you can stick with apples, pears and oranges—just buy more!!) or…
Example 1: 1 Pineapple, 1 Cantaloupe, 1 Watermelon, Grapes
Example 2: 1 Honeydew Melon, 5 Peaches, 5 Nectarines, 10 oranges
Example 3: 1 Watermelon, Strawberries, 12 Oranges, 4 Pomegranates, 5 Nectarines, Pineapple, Cantaloupe Melon, Honey Dew Melon, Watermelon, Oranges, Grapefruit, Plums, Nectarines, Peaches, Grapes, Mango, Pomegranate, Young Thai Coconut, Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, etc.
Extra Things You May Need:
If you are going to work every day or leaving your home for an extended amount of time, you will need to prepare your juice to bring with you (example: make juices in the morning for your lunch and afternoon snack). It is therefore important to have glass jars to store it in or plastic bottles. Also a funnel is useful to easily pour the juice into the bottles or jars. If you are making juice to bring to work or on the road with you, make sure not to leave it in a warm place, better to store it in a refrigerator or cooler.