Welcome to day 29! Wow, you’re almost done with this challenge. You’ve been drinking one juice a day for 28 days now, and have probably come a long way from where you were in the beginning!
When you’re shopping for produce do you ever find that it does not look the freshest? Maybe it looks downright uneatable. We went to the store about a month ago and bags of onions had white mold all over them and the potatoes had a bunch of little flies swarming around them. The mushrooms did not look like mushrooms anymore, they were gelatinous. Yuck! We have been limited to grocery stores in the area and the produce is far from fresh or appealing. These examples are more extreme, but you will not get this everywhere. Our point is there are ways to pick better produce, even if you are limited grocery store wise because of your location. Today we will be going over tips on how to buy the best, most fresh fruit and vegetables at the grocery store.
How does the veggie/fruit look. Is it bright with color or is it dull or greyish? If is looks like its lost its luster skip it. It probably was picked from the tree or bush long ago. It wont be at its peak, nutrition wise or taste wise. You are buying these fruit and veggies for your health, so pick the best looking ones.
How does that peach smell. That can be a huge indication of where it’s at when it comes to freshness. If it smells off, fermented, or anything other than what it should smell like, then don’t buy it. You don’t want to eat or juice something spoiled. Also, if it is lacking smell, then it may not be ripe enough yet. If you are planning to eat or juice it in a couple of days when it does ripen, this is probably your best bet. But if you are planning to eat it that day, then you may want something a little more ripe.
Now, this may or may not be an option for you. You can ask the produce department if you can sample a piece of that apple/strawberry/kiwi and they may cut you off a piece. If it’s juicy and full of flavor, then you have a winner. We were a regular customer of a grocery store a few years ago that would let us sample some of the vegetables and fruits before buying them. Not every produce department will do this, but you never know if you don’t ask.
This is pretty self-explanatory. If you touch certain items like a tomato, it should be soft and juicy. Apples you want to be firmer. Some items are squishy (yes, that sounds weird) and soft, and some will be firm.
Sometimes it’s hard to know when certain fruit and vegetables are are ripe. How would one check if a pineapple was ready to eat? There are some produce items that are not so obvious how to check for ripeness. There is smell, touch, and appearance, but there are other indicators that will tell you if something is ready to eat. Here are a few tips on how to check if these three fruit/veggie items are ripe.
Pineapple: You can tell if a pineapple is ripe by its smell. If it smells fermented, it’s about to go bad. If it’s deteriorating and the leaves are not green, then it’s not going to be good for very much longer. One more trick, pick one of the inner leaves out. If it comes out easily, then it’s ripe, if it does not,
it’s not ready yet. Be careful not to prick your finger, some of them can be pointy!
Pomegranate: The color of a ripe pomegranate is between a deep pink to a luscious red. It also should have a shiny and unblemished skin. An unripe pomegranate will be hard, a ripe one will be softer, but not too soft and squishy. Lastly, a ripe pomegranate will have a “metallic” sound when tapped and feel heavier, while an unripe one will have a hollow sound and feel lighter.
Leafy Greens: You want them to be a deep green. If there is any discoloration like a lot of brown or yellow on them, they are past their due date, or lacking in some nutrients. Also if they are not crisp, are saggy, wilted, or limp they are going bad.
You can always go on the web and check on how to know if your produce is ripe. Also, you can talk to your grocery store’s produce manager. They can tell you what day of the week they get their orders in, so you can enjoy the best, most freshest produce. They can also tell you how to check if a certain produce item is ripe.
Your Juice Recipe For Today
The juice of the day is “The Green Submarine”. It’s a tasty blend of kale, rainbow chard, apples, and fennel. Now if you are not a fan of fennel, you can leave it out. Some people really like it and some people do not. It has a black licorice taste to it. You can click the image below and scroll down to recipe #21. to find your recipe for today.
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