Wheatgrass for Dummies

Wheatgrass for DummiesI was perusing the produce section at my local grocery store the other day and overheard a delightful conversation between two store employees over a mound of tomatoes.

Pimply stock boy # 1: “So dude, have you tried this wheatgrass stuff?”

Slightly less pimply stock boy with saggy pants #2:  “Yeah dude, I tried it once. It tastes like… grass. And dirt. But at Jamba Juice they give you an orange slice to chase it with so it’s not too bad. Kind of like when you take a shot of cheap vodka.”

Yes boys, just like that.

The darling of the health food world, wheatgrass has been conventionally consumed in the United States since the 1930’s and its benefits are undeniable. Full of chlorophyll, the biomolecule responsible for photosynthesis (and the bright green color of grasses and plants), wheatgrass is purported to support overall immune system health, reverse chronic disease like ulcerative colitis, and even help cancer patients. Most people already know it’s good for them, but are unsure how to ‘get into’ wheatgrass. Sure, you can buy little plots of it at the store, but most of us would be more inclined to plant it in the backyard than attempt to consume it. I’m here to tell you that incorporating wheatgrass into your everyday routine is easier than you think.

If you’ve already got a fancy schmancy masticating juicer or wheat grass juicer, then you’re good to go. Just purchase the sprouted wheatgrass at the store and juice away. If you’re like me and have a centrifugal juicer, the operation requires just a touch more research. First off – never use your centrifugal juicer to make wheatgrass juice… it just doesn’t work. While these juicers are champions at breaking down carrots, celery and heaps of other vegetables, delicate grasses and herbs don’t fare as well. Instead, find a local juice bar or health food store and have them extract the juice for you.

In terms of taste – the guys at the grocery store were accurate. Wheatgrass tastes like the earth because it IS grass. But like most things in life, what is supremely good for you doesn’t always register as an explosion of joy in your mouth… at first. Let your taste buds become acclimated to the vibrant, fresh characteristics of this super food and revel in the goodness it’s doing internally. And if you have to chase it with an orange wedge, I won’t tell anyone ;)

Photo credit: 77webstudio on flickr (Creative Commons). See original photo here

 

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