Tuesday, August 30, 2005

The Value of Fresh Wheatgrass Juice

How quickly should you drink wheatgrass or barley grass juice after juicing it? This is our second most common question! Along with-- is powdered and frozen juice just as good? Living green food is one of the most efficient ways to revitalize our bodies. While at the Ann Wigmore Living Food Institute she stated that to get the most live enzymes from juicing you have to drink the juice within 6 minutes of juicing. The life force and vitality are at a peak right after juicing. Why are these enzymes so important, to answer this we turn to Dr. Edward Howell:

Dr. Edward Howell stated in his book "Enzyme Nutrition":

"Hundreds of metabolic enzymes are necessary to carry on the work of the body--to repair damage and decay, and heal diseases."

"When ingested, the enzymes in raw food.. result in a significant degree of digestion, lowering the drain on the organism's own enzyme potential."

We often have customers that would like to juice the grass they grow all at once and freeze it for further use, in the freezing and thawing process enzymes are lost. Go fresh if possible!!

Friday, August 26, 2005

Wheat Allergy and Wheat grass

A common question we get is: If you are allergic to wheat gluten can you still use wheatgrass?
Yes, Steve Meyerowitz in his book "Wheatgrass Nature's Finest Medicine" says " People who usually have an allergy to wheat and wheat products are usually reacting to gluten, the sticky protein found in the grains of wheat, barley and rye. Wheat grass is different than wheat. The green vegetable grass contains no gluten. In fact, it contains anti-allergic factors."

You should have no trouble with Wheatgrass and wheat allergies.

I wish I was allergic to candy, that way I would see immediate harmful reactions and in turn I would not be tempted at all to eat it!

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Wheatgrass Juicers- Q & A

Greetings fellow wheatgrassers! Today, I wanted to address the most common question we get on the phone and in email.... "what is the best wheatgrass juicer?" We would love to hear what you have to say about your wheatgrass juicers. Post comments below or email me! Thanks!

There are so many things to think about when buying a wheat grass juicer! If you just want to juice wheatgrass you may consider the best option as a Manual Juicer.

There are three good ones available each has a year long warranty and is made of stainless steel! (beware of cheaper plastic juicers they often leak and are not reliable, and beware of cast iron or tin because the have a tendency to rust over time, we do not carry these because of their poor quality)
The Four Reliable Manual Juicers are:
1 Back to Basics Stainless Steel Manual (1 year warranty, longest on the market, best priced)
2 Hurricane Stainless Steel Manual Juicer (this one has a newer design and juices really well, our #1 Recommendation, it is the sturdiest and best designed manual)
3 Miracle Stainless Steel Manual (this one is like the hurricane only with a matte finish)
4 The Z-Star Manual (a manual model of the Solo Star Electric, very good feedback on this one)
Each of these manuals comes with a trade in value of $60 toward any Electric, so if you decide to upgrade later there is no risk is first trying a manual.

Now the next item of importance! If you plan to juice everything like carrots, apples, beets, celery, etc along with Wheatgrass and Barleygrass, then the best option is a Multipurpose Wheatgrass Juicer. They are so versatile!

Here are are Electric Multipurpose Wheatgrass Juicer recommendations based on experience and customer feedback:
1 SoloStar by Tribest (This juicer is known for having the best juice yield! I have one at home and it gets the pulp very dry. I have done carrots, beets, and apples as well as lots and lots of wheatgrass and it has held up great! It has a 5 year warranty. Our Recommendation)
2 Omega 8003 and 8005 (This juicer also has a 5 year warranty! Many have raved about the Omega. It is one of the most attractive juicers for the kitchen- the 8005 in Black and Chrome. Also it does all kinds of nut butters and will juice all vegetables and of course wheatgrass. Very good feedback on this juicer!)
3 Samson 6 in 1 Juicer (This juicer is much like the others and has a few really good things about it as well. It has a 5 year warranty on parts and the best part is it comes with a 10 year warranty on the motor. It will do all vegetables and wheatgrass! Also Available the Samson Ultra.

For those looking to do strickly wheatgrass, and lots of it (commerically etc) we recommend these heavy duty juicers made by Wheetena and one by Miracle.

1 WHEETENA MARVEL RED LABEL Heavy Duty, quiet and fast for excellent extraction of wheatgrass or barleygrass!
2 WHEETENA WORKHORSEGreat for restaurants or juice bars. Heavy duty, long warranty. Juices wheatgrass and barleygrass.
3 Miracle Pro Green Machine MJ575 Powerful juicer for wheat grass and other Leafy greens. It is stainless steel! (they mounted the Miracle Manual to a motor)

You may have many questions as you research which juicer is best for you! Please contact us at toll free at 866-948-4727 (866-WHTGRAS) or by email kaitlin@wheatgrasskits.com and we would be happy to answer any questions.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Living Food Recipe- What's the Buzz?

I wake up every morning to buzzing... first it is the wheatgrass juicer, and then its the blender. We make the one of the best Living Food Simple Nutritious Smoothies. Here is the recipe for everyone:

1 Banana
2 Cups Fresh squeezed Orange Juice
2 Tablespoons Fresh Ground Flax Seed

Blend! Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The Power Hour commends Wheatgrass

KK Fowlkes was on thepowerhour.com with Joyce Riley Von Kleist this morning for a two hour show on wheatgrass. As we were listening, Perry (a wheatgrass grower and frozen juice maker) called in. He has been growing wheatgrass commercially for about 20 years. He said that the way he controls mold is to get some really fine sand and warm it on the stove. Then he sprinkles it on the mold. The heat kills the mold. It is great to get information from growers all over the country. You can hear a rebroadcast of this program tonight (Wed. Aug 17, 2005) from 9 until 11 Central Standard Time on thepowerhour.com
For other recommendations on mold see our growing tips.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Wheatgrass on the Radio...

Listen to KK Fowlkes talk about Wheatgrass on thepowerhour.com on 8am- 10am CST Wed. August 17, 2005.

Our first opening post...

Hey, how's it going fellow wheatgrassers and health enthusiasts? I just wanted to let everyone know we are going to start a new blog. Not only for wheatgrass news and info, but for anything interesting that crosses our path in your emails, and in the news.

We get lots of emails each day asking questions about almost everything concerning health, living organic foods, and wheatgrass (growing tips, recipes, juicing tips, juicer recommendations) We will actually post some of the replies here. Posts will include things about the living food diet, the vegan and vegetarian diet and any national news items we find informative ..as the mood strikes us... we will post.. so make sure to send us your comments and bookmark this blog so you can check back often. We are so excited about the raw food movement and all the exciting things happening in the natural health food industry! Give us your feedback and let's get the word out about eating healthy and feeling good!