I have had a mediocre juicer for the last few years and I don’t use it as much as I use my vitamix. But just recently, I was inspired to start growing my own wheat and barley grass and I know my juicer would not be able to juice it as well. So, I decided to purchase a new juicer….last week. But to this day, I haven’t been able to make up my mind on which to get! So, I started “juicing” wheat and barley grass with my awesome Vitamix while in the decision-making process.
Note: a vitamix is powerful enough to blend every part of the fruit or vegetable you are blending to create “juice” with fiber. But, you still have to strain wheatgrass pulp because it is difficult for your body to digest it (according to some of the articles I have read).
Here is what your wheatgrass pulp will look like afterwards.
So here is what I did…..
I learned how to grow wheat grass from this youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwp&NR=1&v=KXIjhe_YiYc
I used organic wheatgrass seeds and barley grass seeds from Amazon.com. Click on the photos below.
Organic Wheatgrass Seeds
Organic Barley Grass Seeds
So, I will be juicing my wheat and barley grass this way until I decide on which new juicer to get.
…Hurom?…Omega?….Champion?….Kuvings?…..what to do?….what to do?….
Sorry about the picture being so blurry. I used my phone to take it.
Just recently, I watched a video on nutritionfacts.org that discussed antioxidant levels in different beverages. The “Nutrition Journal” studied 283 different products from Red Bull, lemonade, wine, water, to tea. The goal was to determine which drink contained the highest amount of antioxidants. Green tea is known to have very high levels of antioxidants, but this particular study have found that hibiscus tea actually contained the highest amount of antioxidants compared to everything else. ”In terms of anti-oxidant power, the healthiest thing to drink on planet earth maybe hibiscus tea!” -Michael Greger M.D., I was very surprised to find out that hibiscus was even made into tea! Excited and curious, I purchased a large bag of hibiscus tea. I followed Dr. Greger’s recipe from the video. He said it tastes like “Kool Aid”, and I have to admit, it kinda does.
Dr. Greger’s recipe:
- 1/2 gallon of water
- 4 bags of hibiscus tea
- juice of 1 lemon
- sweetener of choice
Place all ingredients in a jar or pitcher and place in the refrigerator overnight. Serve the next day.
Please check out other videos on Nutritionfacts.org. Lots of information! One of my favorite videos right now:
(I know this has nothing to do with tea, but I just wanted to share this video with you.)
…so refreshing….so healthy….so yummy!
These types of juices are the only type of juices we drink….fresh, healthy, no preservatives, no food coloring, no high fructose corn syrup, etc.
- Raw sweet potato (peeled)
- 3 cups of fresh watermelon
- 1 green apple
- Place all ingredients in juicer.
Note: I don’t like to waste the pulp, so what I do is I blend it up in the food processor with a few dates, a banana, a tablespoon of flax seeds, a couple of tablespoons of sesame seeds (or sunflower seeds), some agave, cinnamon, and maybe even cacao powder. Then, I shape them into little cookies and dehydrate them for at least 15 to 16 hours.
Oh, how I love HEALTHY!!!!!
Ingredients (note: make sure the fruits and veggies are chilled and ORGANIC):
- 1 large zucchini
- 6 carrots
- 1 apple
- 1 orange
- 1.5 cups of watermelon
- Juice in a juicer.
Juicer info CLICK HERE.
I am not a big fan of these box juices for kids these days…. I really don’t feel good about giving Savannah sugar water in food coloring and fruit “flavors”. But, just like any kid she loves juice. She loves going to Earthfare (health food store) to get her all-natural-good-for-you juice.
So, I decided to purchase a juicer. We drink green smoothies every morning that I make in my Vitamix, but I throughout the day, when we are craving a fruity juice, we like to quench our thirst with some delicious, nutritious, fruity/veggie juice :).
I purchased the juicer below (click the photo for more info). And, I have to say that it works great.
I wanted to try this model first before I purchase a $300 juicer…..
Ingredients for the Fruity Carrot Juice (note: the produce I use are always organic):
- 3 medium sized carrots
- 1 apple
- 1 orange
- 1 banana
- 2 cups of watermelon
Directions: Juice then serve immediately.