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What do you think of Wheat Grass?

Firstly, I need to apologise for being so absent.

The truth of the matter is I’ve been quite caught up in getting used to my new life.

Earlier this Summer The Chef was offered one of those “too good to pass up” kind of jobs and so with only a few weeks notice, we packed up our whole lives and left our beautiful Victoria, British Columbia and moved to Edmonton, Alberta.

Not that there is anything particularly wrong with that, in fact, Edmonton is a lovely city and I hope to share some of it with you when I get back on a writing track, it’s just that we went from the warmest in Winter Canadian city, to arguably one of the coldest in Winter Canadian cities, which admittedly, I’m not doing too well with.

Anyone who knew me back when I lived in “Winter cities” knew just how miserable I was and how escape from Winter was the number one reason I moved to Victoria some ten years ago.

You see, I went from THIS

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And This

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To THIS

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And This

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So what to do in Winter in Edmonton?

Well……grow some Wheat Grass of course!

Probably like you, I’ve read SO much stuff about just how wonderful wheat grass juice is for you!  92 different minerals alone and filled with chlorophyll.  A wonder food touted with discouraging and perhaps even curing all kinds of diseases and aliments.  But what does it really taste like?

I can’t tell you how many times I have bought a flat of it at the health food or grocery store and brought it home with the intension of juicing it!  But instead I just let it over grow and then watch it turn brown and dies and make me feel sad.  And it isn’t cheap either which is an added annoyance.

So I decided to kill two birds with one stone.  I thought I’d try to grow my own!  Chances are if I grow it myself, I’ll be more inclined to use it?  And at worst, if I don’t, I can just compost it and recycle the dirt and try again.

And, it’s something fun to do in Winter!

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Growing it is surprisingly easy.

You will need:

  • something to grow it in ( I’ve been using left over lettuce boxes)
  • some quality dirt ( preferably organic cause you are growing food)
  • some “wheat berries” – I got them in the bulk section of the grocery store or Bulk Barn

Prepare your dirt in your box or whatever you are using.  Then soak about a 1/4 to 1/2 cup ( depending on how big your box is) of wheat berries in water for about six hours or overnight.  Drain off the water and sprinkle speeds evenly over the dirt and lightly cover them with more dirt.

Keep the dirt moist but not wet.

In a couple of days you will see the grass sprouting up!  Easy as that.

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Let the grass blades get to about 3 -4 inches tall before you use them.

Obviously by the picture here, you’ll see I let them go just a little too long but they were still good.

I then went online and watched a bunch of videos of various Hippies juicing their wheat grass to try to get an idea of just how much I need to actually get a yield of any kind.

There are a lot of variables there, like what kind of juicer or blender or whatever.

Also, some people seemed to drink it straight in shots, while others added water or added the juice to other juices or smoothies………

I think the real point is to try it first….see what you think.

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So when you are ready, hack off some of the grass.  Even though it is in my kitchen, I still washed it, cause it can still be dusty or whatever.

Then I shoved it in the juicer.  As the pulp squished out, I put it back through the juicer a couple of times because I saw one of the hippies doing that.  It still seemed to squeeze out more juice, so I guess that’s good.

I yielded a couple of ounces.  But honestly…..that is about all you need for a shot.

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So?  How did it taste?

Well……..the smell is a bit much.  Literally smells like squished grass.  Don’t know if you ever ate any grass as a kid, cause you saw your dog doing it?  Well….it’s all a similar experience.

I gulped it down in one shot. As it went across my tongue it was very intense and so I was expecting a horrible aftertaste, but surprisingly, it wasn’t offensive at ALL.  In fact, it was almost a bit sweet!  I know!  Who would have thought??

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Many have reported extreme reactions to it.  Like having to run to the bathroom because something was going to happen from one end or the other.  I experienced neither of these.  In fact, it made me feel quite invigorated, like I had just done something terribly good for myself!  Power of suggestion?  Perhaps, but you might want to give it a try for yourself…..to at least to be able to say you’ve done it.

If you don’t want to go to all of the trouble of growing it and juicing it……..go to your local juice bar and give it a try……especially in Winter…..can’t hurt!!

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Mustard Greens?

I saw a friend yesterday and he handed me an armful of mustard greens that he had just hacked down in his garden.

I’ll be honest, I’ve never dealt with them before.

Kind of intimidating really.

From what I hear they are a bit bitter, bit spicy so I don’t think they would work in the juicer.

The Chef says they are a “braising green”, which I didn’t really find that helpful.

I asked another foodie friend and her response was “when in doubt add BACON”!

So I don’t know……..anyone got any ideas?

 

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“Hungry For Change” – documentary

If you get a chance, I highly recommend that you check out this documentary.

“Hungry For Change”

It is free online until March 31st.

 

Three appliance beverage.

Actually, I think it is technically a four appliance beverage!

In my last year of holistic school my roommate used to bring me one of these every Saturday morning from a restaurant called “Fresh” near where we lived in Toronto.  Then when I was finishing up school and had to do a work-study I did it there because like the name implies, they offer healthy fare.

So I learned to make this drink myself.

They call it “Deep Immune Elixir” if you are ever at Fresh and want to try it.

Here is what’s in it:

  • 6 dates
  • 1/2 or so of fresh ginger
  • 4 medium red apples
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp chywanprash  ( see yesterday’s post)

So now here is where all the appliances come in.

First, boil the kettle and put the dates in a small bowl and just barely cover them with boiling water.

Next appliance, the juicer.   Juice the apples and ginger per usual method.

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Next is the blender.  Add the apple, ginger and lemon juice to the blender with the banana, blend till mixed.  Then add the soaked dates and the chywanprash and blend till smooth.

Next, transfer blended mixture to a sauce pan.

Heat the beverage till just warm.  DON’T let it boil or even get too hot.  That would destroy all of the enzymes in the juice and ruin the medicinal properties.

Deep immune elixer

Then put in a mug and drink like a nice cup of hot chocolate.  Only this will surely fix what’s ailing you!

Quick healthy lunch

I was out in the balcony garden today, the weather has finally taken a turn for the nice but all that playing with fresh growing vegetables made me hungry!

I chopped up a few fruit and veg and made a nice juicy juice  ( click here for a previous post on that )

And then I rustled up some of the raw pizza crust  ( click here to check that out )

And then add a little bean dip or your other favorite spread and you’re in business!

 

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Juicy juicing

It’s all the rage.  Juicing!

Word has it drinking a glass of fresh squeezed vegetable juice is like main lining nutrients right into your vein!!

And it really is so easy.

Well, you’ll need a juicer of course.

You will have to do your own research on which one is best for you.  We were taught in nutrition school that the squishing kind rather than the spinning kind results in a much better nutritional bang for your buck.

The squishing or masticating ( I believe it the official word) kinds are more expensive but because they extract the juice slowly, the juice doesn’t get heated, which results in oxidation and loss of nutrients.

The spinning kind are more popular because they are cheaper, work faster and you can usually put bigger chunks in at a time but the spinning causes heat which can result in loss of nutrients.

So do your research.

I got this sweet Omega juicer ( click here to check them out) as a graduation present when I finished Nutrition school.  And I love it.  In fact, check out my VERY first blog entry and you will see how I made pasta with it!!

But back to juicing for now.

All you need is a few nice veg.

And maybe an apple or two to take the edge off the extreme “green” flavour.  Then start shoving them in the machine.

The juice comes out the bottom and the pulp come out the front.  ( see my second ever blog post for ideas of what to do with pulp)

And what’s left?  Delicious nutritious JUICE!!  Yum.

Seriously, could be my imagination.  But I am pretty SURE I feel stronger minutes after drinking fresh squeezed juicy JUICE!!!

Spring cleaning

Not that it feels much like Spring in any part of Canada these days, but apparently Summer is just around the corner!

We don’t have control over the weather, but you DO have control over what we put in our body.  Have you ever tried a cleanse?

Now I’m sure I’m not telling you about anything new.  Anyone with the internet can punch in “cleanse” and get hundreds if not thousands of options of kinds of cleanses to do. 

And as many websites and cleanses there are, there are just as many opinions on whether or not they are good for you.

There are those who swear by a yearly, or bi-yearly or even seasonal cleanse to clean their systems of toxins and regenerate and invigorate the body.

While others argue that the drastic change in the diet will cause the body to dump toxins into the system too quickly and make you sick.

Hard call.

I am of the opinion that maybe…..just maybe……you shouldn’t be putting too much crap in your system to begin with.  Just sayin.

But I do agree that it never hurts, at any time of year, to cut back on processed and the white food.  It also helps to cut back on the saturated, the caffeinated, the alcoholic, the sugar filled and all other means of things that drag the body down.

Make some fresh squeezed vegetable juice.  Eat some salads with lots of lemon juice.  Cut back on the bread and the pasta and the other heavy things.

Think GREEN!!!

 

Check out this blog by the Alkaline Sisters for some good ideas.

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