Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Our new toy!

Yep, we got a new toy!
BUT, this one is actually a practical and responsible purchase, (unlike almost EVERYTHING else we want to buy, ha ha)!!
We bought a Juicer!!
So now we can enjoy the health benefits of things that we might otherwise not take advantage of, like wheatgrass!

The juicer that we got is the Jack LaLanne Juicer, and the cool thing is that we recently had the honor to be the photographers at Jack Lalanne's memorial service.  It was a really great experience, and he truly was an exceptional man!!  And it is really fun to know a little bit about the man behind this rad juicer!!

We have only had it for a few days, and have been trying to juice all sorts of stuff. There is soo much to juice, its great!  We have already juiced mixtures of, beets, oranges, carrots, cucumbers, kiwi, ginger, asparagus, chard, spinage, and wheat grass!

just a few of the things i remembered to take photos of...

We made some really good orange and carrot juice...

We had already started sprouting our own wheat berries prior to buying the juicer, and we already had our first batch of wheat grass growing. 

All you need to start sprouting is some wheat berries, which you can buy usually in bulk from any healthfood store.  A jar, and either a piece of netting or a cap to drain the sprouts.

This is what the berries look like un-sprouted...

Steps one, two, and three...

First you sprout the seeds overnight, and then spread them on some soil and wait.  After a few days you will start to see the grass grow!

Then you snip off the amount of grass you want to juice!!

One ounce of wheatgrass juice has the vitamin and mineral equivalent of 2 pounds of fresh vegetables. It contains most of the vitamins and minerals needed for human maintenance, including the elusive B12. Many of the benefits of wheatgrass juice stem from the fact that it is a living food, which is a complete protein with about 30 enzymes and is approximately 70% crude chlorophyll.

This is where we are growing our wheat grass...

The best way to extract the juice from wheat grass is not by the juicer that we bought, but it works.  If you wrap the grass in chard like this before you put it into the juicer it works better, and then follow it up with a cucumber or something else that has a high juice content.

I forgot to take a photo of the juice, only the empty glass!!

Another thing to consider, that if you have a cat, expect them to LOVE the wheat grass, at least our does!!

I kinda got carried away with taking photos of our Hunter cat!!
Oh well!!

If you don't have a juicer there is still benefits in the sprouts alone!
We have several jars of sprouts going, (broccoli, alfalfa, and bean sprouts), here is our wheat berry sprouts...

Sprouts have enormous benefits for you.
Here are just a few reasons you should totally sprout for yourself!!

 During the sprouting process new and higher quality proteins and other nutrients are produced. Tests have shown that the nutrients in seeds and nuts are anywhere from 50% to 400% greater after sprouting or soaking. 

Because sprouts are living, growing food sources, they have a rich supply of enzymes. This quality makes sprouts easily assimilated and metabolized by the body. 

So you see sprouting, it is easy and so good for you!
Even if you do not take my advice i hope you.....


  1. I have the same juicer! It is so fun... just such a pain to clean up afterwards! Have fun with it!

  2. I've had that juicer for years it works great! Caleb bought Jess the stainless one as well, thanks for all the valuable info you just put out there. Now....try the Kefir! =)

  3. neat. i have a juicer, but sadly to say... ive only used it to make margaritas.

  4. i have always wanted a juicer~ and also to give the sprouting a whirt! you've inspired me! happy weekend

  5. Yay for juicing! I love mine! Lately I've been enjoying my morning "red" drink....1 beet, 2 carrots, 1 apple, handful of parsley. Yum!


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