Wheatgrass...we have all seen it at Jamba Juice, Juice It Up, Robecks, and many of our other favorite juice bars. Grass? Really? It truly doesn't taste all that great....is it worth the cost? strange flavor?
Wheatgrass also known as "cereal grass" was discovered by argicultural chemist, Charles Schnabel in Kansas in 1925. Charles discovered the amazing nutritional benefits stored in this strange form:
Colon Detox- the chlorophyll in wheatgrass aids in the breakdown on impacted matter. Having a clean colon also lowers the risk of colon cancer.
Metal Detox-the natural occurring minerals in wheatgrass aid in the detoxifcation process of lead, mercury, and aluminum.
Blood Flow- the chlorophyll in wheatgrass mimicks the molecular structure of the body's hemoglobin. Hemoglobin aids in the transport of oxygen, as does the chlorophyll.
Immune Support- the high content of vitamins A, B, and E increases the bodies ability to fight infection.
Amino Acid Supplementation- wheatgrass contains 4 non-essential (made by the body) and 8 essential amino acids (the body needs to obtain from food sources). Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins.
Increased energy- wheatgrass is high in B-12, a supplement many vegetarians utilize to subsitute the natural energy from animal proteins.
Best way to get wheatgrass? Not too worry you don't have to buy a juicer or make a trip to your local juice store everyday (if you do decide you want the juice verision make sure to ingest right after juicing, it loses its potency upon sitting out). The most convient way to get your wheatgrass is thru tablets (my fav no strange flavor) or powder form. Find a brand that contains a pure form of wheatgrass and preferably no preservatives. For health and energy maintence you want 3.5 grams of wheat grass per day.
It's summer and many of us reach for the aloe after long lazy days in the sun to provide relief from the itchy-burn sensation. The soothing properties are almost magic on the skin, have you ever thought about what else this could do??
Take a drink of this stuff! Drinking aloe helps to:
Acts as a natural detox/cleanse
Relieves symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
Helps to level blood sugar; especially for diabetics
Reduction in cholesterol and triglycerides
Strengthens gums (great if you find aloe in toothpaste)
Minimizes infection in the ears and eyes
There are a variety of aloe drinks available at most health food stores. Try to find the concentrated version that suggestion a serving of approximately 2 tbsp. This version doesn't taste the best but is the most potent. Also, many of the more flavorful "aloe drinks" are full of sugar; best to avoid these!
Quesadillas are on almost everyone's favorite comfort foods list. Sadly the standard quesadilla really doesn't have much nutrition. Try this twist on the old quesadilla, not only is it much much better for you (higher in protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber) but also a lot more flavorful and safe for us lactose-intolerant folks.
1 whole wheat tortilla or corn tortilla (La Tortilla Factory 100 calorie whole wheat)
1/4 c cooked lentils (Trader Joe's pre-cooked; available in the pre-made salad section)
1/4 c finely chopped tomatoes
1 chopped green onion
1/4 c chopped spinach
1/4 c sliced or grated pepper jack almond cheese
2 tbsp fresh salsa
2 tbsp chopped black olives
Preheat toaster oven to 350 degrees. You can also bake the quesadilla in a standard oven or microwave.
Stuff whole wheat tortilla with lentils, tomatoes, green onions, spinach, almond cheese, salsa and black olives.
Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.