How to make awesome wheatgrass juice for next to nothing!

I have been trying to eat better, and am trying a variety of different things to get into a routine of healthy eating (this is super hard to do when you lived off of junk food for as long as I have!). As part of my new eating habits, I have been trying to incorporate more greens into my daily diet. One great way I have found for consuming greens (and the chlorophyl they contain) is by juicing wheatgrass. You may have seen people ordering wheatgrass shots at your favorite health foods store, and paying $3 – $4 for a shot of juice! That is absurd, given that you can make a serving of wheatgrass juice for a few pennies.

To get started making low cost wheatgrass juice, you will first need to pick up a juicer. I really dig the Hurricane Stainless Steel Manual Wheatgrass Juicer I purchased through Amazon, but you can use whatever juicer you have available (manual juicers are the way to go IMHO!). Once you have a good juicer, you need to find a good source of wheatgrass. You can purchase a grow your own wheatgrass kit from a variety of places, or you can head down to your favorite health food store and get a bag of wheatgrass for a couple of dollars. The bag of wheatgrass should last you for quite some time if stored properly, though you will get the most out of your wheatgrass if you consume it shortly after purchasing it.

Making your wheatgrass juice is a snap. Set up your juicer, clean the wheatgrass you plan to juice, and then stuff it in the top of the juicer and watch the delicious healthy green stuff spit out the side of the juicer. Now some people don’t care for the raw taste of wheatgrass. A number of recipes online recommend mixing it with your favorite juice beverages, especially ones that you make by hand. If you are new to juicing, you may want to check out The Wheatgrass Book as well as The Juiceman’s Power of Juicing. I learned a ton by reading each book, and have thoroughly enjoyed the delicious concoctions I’ve turned out! If you are an avid juicer, please leave me a comment. We can become juice buddies. :)

My quest for the perfect fruit smoothie

I have been a smoothie addict for several years, and recently got interested in saving some cash and making my own (at $5 a smoothie, the commercial smoothie shops were making $60+ from me each month!). To begin my quest for the perfect smoothie, I had to define a few requirements:

– Smoothies needed to be cheaper than the commercial joints

– I needed a blender that would stand up to smoothie making abuse (crushing ice can kill blades pretty quick)

– My smoothies needed to taste BETTER than the commercial joints

My first task was locating a high quality blender. I had numerous discussions with employees at various smoothie making shops, and they told me that their commercial blenders are crazy expensive (my estimates are in the $300 to $500 range). Ouch! I can understand that kind of investment when you are making 100s of smoothies a month, but this seemed excessive when you are making 1 or 2 a week. I read numerous blender reviews, and settled on the Hamilton Beach 52654 blender based on the awesome feedback from smoothie connoisseurs, and the fact that it is supposed to destroy every chunk of ice it comes in contact with. This blender has far exceeded my expectations, and has made some killer smoothies so far!

Once I had a blender, I needed a way to find organic fruit (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, rasberries, mango, etc.) for a reasonable price. I checked out a couple of local grocery stores, and settled on frozen berries from Whole Foods (I try to use fresh fruit when possible, but frozen fruit seems to be a better fit for my busy lifestyle). After I had fruit and a killer blender, I needed to find some smoothie recipes to try. The Internet is the best place to find smoothie recipes, and I now have 4 – 5 recipes that I use pretty regularly (my favorite is strawberries, blueberries, bananas, 4 ice cubes, skim milk and a touch of sugar). I’ve experimented now for a few months, and I can safely say that my smoothies are BETTER than any of the commercial places. They are also tailored exactly to my tastes, which is a huge benefit in my mind. Each smoothie costs me roughly $1 to make, and they are oooooh so yummy! If you are a smoothie addict like myself, please leave me a comment with your favorite smoothie recipe.