Who Wants to Win a Wheatgrass Juicer?

by Gena on March 6, 2010

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Hey guys!

Happy weekend. Anyone have fun plans? It’s an editing weekend for me, which is a good thing for you: it means I’ll be largely homebound, and being homebound means cooking and uncooking new grub. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, I come to you all on this bright Saturday with a confession: I hate wheatgrass.

Yes, my friends. Your ears don’t deceive you. I hate the stuff so much that I can’t even bear to take it (unless it’s diluted by 16 oz of pear juice and ginger, a la Liquiteria’s “Grasshopper” drink, or I’m taking it Hippocrates style, if you raw foodies catch my drift). I literally get sick and gag when I even try. And boy, do I ever try: I’ve been attempting–unsuccessfully–to love wheatgrass for almost four years now.

Let’s just say that it’s not working. My ex boyfriend could down an order of waffles and bacon at Jackson Hole and hop across the street to the health food store with me for a double shot of wheatgrass. He sucked it back like a champ, and while he didn’t feel great afterwards (always take wheatgrass on an empty stomach, guys: it’s highly medicinal and cleansing, which means it’ll make you feel like hell if you’ve just eaten something shady), guess what? He looked and felt better than I do when I try to take the stuff on an empty stomach–I, who eat raw foods all the time, juice on the reg, and love the taste of raw kale.

No fair.

At this point, I’ve accepted the fact that wheatgrass and I are not going to be warm and snuggly. And I have told myself–with some legitimacy, I think–that the fact that I juice as much other healthy stuff as I do (kale, chard, green veggies, and herbs like parsley and cilantro) kinda makes up for the fact that I visit Stewart the Wheatgrass Man’s stand at the farmer’s market just to gab (and to buy sunflower sprouts). My wheatgrass aversion does make me feel, though, as though I’m missing out on the rawcurious eater’s holy grail.

Let’s take a moment, shall we, to talk about the beauty of the grass? I will quote liberally from the Hippocrates Health Institute website (consider the Hippocrates folks the foremost keepers and purveyors of sprout and wheatgrass wisdom):

Wheatgrass is a blood purifier, cleanser, and detoxifier. It contains chlorophyll, which helps carry oxygen to every cell in your body. Oxygen in the body’s cells helps fight off disease, harmful bacteria, and cancer (see books written by Brian Clement or Ann Wigmore for more information). Wheatgrass must be “squeezed” or juiced in order for the body to assimilate its nutrients; so, unlike sunflower and pea green sprouts, it is not appropriate to add it to a salad.

Hippocrates suggests drinking wheatgrass juice in small amounts throughout the course of the day, always on an empty or nearly empty stomach. In general, two to four ounces every day or every other day is sufficient. Slowly sipping small quantities of the juice gives your body an opportunity to get used to its taste and effects. Taking one-ounce- to two-ounce drinks straight or mixed with other juices (Greens only) and sipping slowly will help prevent nausea or stomach upset. On a healing regime, we suggest you drink one or two ounces up to three or four times a day with one day of rest periodically. As a general rule, more is not better.  Two ounces at any one given time is all any one person will need.

Wheatgrass is also high in vitamins A, E and B, and numerous trace minerals and elements, including calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium, iron and zinc. Wheatgrass also contains twelve amino acids, including the eight “essential” amino acids (that is, the ones our bodies don’t produce on their own): phenylalanine, valine, threonine, tryptophan, isoleucine, methionine, leucine, and lysine.

So in other words, wheatgrass is awesome.

Now I have an embarrassing confession to make: some time ago, I won a Lexen healthy wheatgrass juicer in an online giveaway. This little contraption juices wheatgrass easily and efficiently at home–all you need is to purchase the wheatgrass itself (which you can do online or at many farmers’ markets). Since then, guess how many times I’ve used my juicer? Sadly, a big fat zero. I should have predicted this, of course: if I can’t bear the stuff when I get it at juice bars, how on earth could I ever be compelled to juice it at home? I suppose I must have been swept up in a tidal wave of optimism.

juicer2 Now, it makes me feel dreadful that I’ve got a juicer perisihing in the corner of my kitchen. So today, my ridiculous waste is your gain. I’m offering the incredible Lexen juicer to one Choosing Raw reader–may you feed your bod with the gift of chloryphll more steadily and happily than I have!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post PROMISING me that you’ll put this awesome little contraption to good use! For two entries, tweet it, too.

Before I head out, I want to share a little video with you guys. On Monday, I was in a bit of a funk. A coworker of mine sent me an email with the subject line “Will this cheer you up?” and the following video.

J, you’re the best. New age-y montages of salad always cheer me up.

So does sunshine, so I’m going to take a study break. Have a great weekend, all, and enter to win your juicer now!

xo

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Christy March 10, 2010 at 10:46 am

Catching up on my blog reading… and I find it so interesting that I read this post, the day after I decided that a wheatgrass juicer is the next must-have in my raw kitchen. More and more I’ve been coming aware of the ‘synchronicities’ the Universe has been sending me, and trying to take advantage of them. About a month ago I added wheatgrass to my daily regimen. I’ve been trying to put it through my Champion, but it just gums up the works, so I’ve taken to purchasing it in my local Whole Foods (which gets quite expensive.)

If this juicer hasn’t already found a home, I’d love to have it.

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Christy March 10, 2010 at 10:48 am

And tweeted about it @RawNaturale

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Janice March 10, 2010 at 3:39 pm

I want to win a wheatgrass juicer! It’s been my dream to grow and juice my own grass. It will take me months to save for both a juicer and a grower, so I’d be ECSTATIC and forever grateful if crowned the lucky winner. Thank you for your consideration, and thank you for writing Choosing Raw. Have a happy day!

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Michalene March 10, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Hi Gena. I don’t know if you’ve done the giveaway or not, but I can totally appreciate where you’re coming from! I have downed the wheatgrass, but don’t really like how I feel after drinking it. So I gave up & go for the implants to get mine. :) I know when I don’t like stuff, I just unconsciously avoid, even if I know it’s good for me. If you haven’t done the drawing & happen to draw my name, I will definitely put it to good use…this is the perfect juicer for travel!

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Earth Mother – In The Raw March 11, 2010 at 7:45 am

Tweet Tweet @rawliving

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marceepants March 11, 2010 at 7:46 am

I would love a wheatgrass juicer! *swoon*

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Meaghan March 11, 2010 at 8:59 am

I love wheatgrass juice, and would be thrilled to win this juicer!
When I was volunteering at an organic farm we would have wheatgrass shots before heading out to work, on an empty stomach, and I always had the most incredible feeling of well-being and energy on those days. I really like the taste: it’s so green and fresh.

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Jenny March 11, 2010 at 9:26 am

Hey Gena!
I just came across your blog via Twitter, and am obsessed! I love your take on raw foods, and am really inspired by your posts. I am relatively new to raw (about a year and a half) and am just building my raw kitchen (still don’t have a Vitamix) and have begun teaching raw foods classes out in Ohio. Yes, Ohio! I recently was exposed to wheatgrass, and I am completely hooked. This juicer would be an AMAZING addition to my kitchen! I’ve been juicing green juices such as spinach, kale, cucumber and celery, but my juicer doesn’t do wheatgrass. Help!

Thanks so much!
Jenny
(on Twitter @PurelySimpleRaw )

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Michelle Powell March 11, 2010 at 11:33 am

OH wow! My husband and I would absolutely LOVE to have this!! We’ve been wanting a wheatgrass juicer for years, but can’t afford it! We love love love wheatgrass! We will only drink fresh WG so we rarely get to have it, unless its farmers market time. If we had this, we would treasure it and drink WG every day, as the market we go to has WG to purchase (we get sad every time we see it). We love the way it makes us feel and gives us so much energy, we won’t need any coffee or tea. Please, we will use it SO much!!!

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Josh March 11, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Would love to win a wheatgrass juicer! Totally would use it as I have been wanting to buy one and not sure which one to get. I started wheatgrass when I first started experimenting with raw foods and thought I could just blend the grass in a smoothie! Yea right! Totally not consumable. However I do like the wheat grass juice and the local raw food restaurant so would use for sure!

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Sharon March 11, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Oh my gosh, that is too cool! I would totally try it out and drink smoothies daily with that baby!

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Adrea March 12, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Oh my gosh, I have been wanting a wheatgrass juicer for so long but can’t afford to buy myself anything at all! Drinking wheatgrass makes me feel so good and I actually like the taste of it as well (I know you don’t believe me that I like the taste, but I swear it’s true!) I solemnly swear that I will make and drink a shot every day if I win! Thanks so much for this opportunity!

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Angie March 12, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I can absolutely promise that I would use this at LEAST once a month — my boyfriend, who swears by wheatgrass, wouldn’t let it go to waste! :)

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HowardB March 12, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Gena,

Great post related to the benefits of wheatgrass. I am the ULTIMATE wheatgrass fan. I often visit Jamaba Juice and when I do, I purchase a double-shot of wheatgrass. Delicious. I was educated by your article in regards to how good wheatgrass is for you — I was not aware of the the amino acid profile you shared.

That being said, the ULTIMATE wheatgrass fan is making the ULTIMATE promise that if I win your machine that I make the ULTIME PROMISE to put the machine to good use by preparing a wheatgrass drink for my wife, my son and me 5 days per week.

Sincerely, Howard

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Reenie March 13, 2010 at 10:13 pm

For the longest time I’ve struggled with bipolar mania. Learning more about nutrition and what I put into my body has transformed my life. Juicing and eating vegan and raw has repaired me. Wining this juicer will just help me more to continue in my path in repair.

Reenie

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lz March 14, 2010 at 7:10 am

Oh, thank you for hosting this giveaway! I would love a wheatgrass juicer because I’ve always wanted to try wheatgrass growing and juicing!

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Gerald March 14, 2010 at 10:58 am

I’m relatively new to Raw Life and I am loving it. In 28 days, I’ve lost 15 lbs and 6″ off my gut, so I am already seeing positive results. I’ve read a great deal about Wheatgrass but have yet to try it. I’d enjoy the opportunity to give it a whirl.

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Cyndee March 14, 2010 at 11:52 am

I didn’t see when the deadline is. So I tho’t I would respond.
I have been wanting a Wheatgrass Juicer for so long. I am struggling w/ debilitating fatigue. It is so difficult to be wrestling w/ this when I am looking for a larger home so that I can begin to take in teens in the Foster Care system. I have been devoting this year to cleansing & raw foods & juicing. My energy is better. But my fatigue can still hit me like a freight train.
I have spent alot of money this year on a VitaMix & a new juicer & on some cleanses. Each has helped me tremendously. But now I don’t have any money left to spend so that I can explore further what might bring total healing to my body.
This would definitely be put to good use in my household ;)

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Jacqueline Kalberg March 31, 2010 at 6:29 pm

I’m hooked on raw food. Love your website!
Chef Jacquie

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Cheryl Hale April 17, 2010 at 9:50 pm

I would love to win this juicer. I am new to juicing but have heard a lot about the benefits of wheatgrass. I wish i could afford a wheatgrass juice at this time but economic pressures prevent me from investing in one at this time. If I should win I would take care of it and drink a shot of wheatgrass everyday for good health.

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Does anyone own a jack lalanne tiger juicer? any feed back u can give will be great!! it differs from the power juicer, but i can not seem to find any info on it.

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Jesica April 9, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I LOVE wheatgrass juice! I’ve recently be trasitioning to raw food and this would be the perfect addition to my smoothies every morning. I would use it every day!!

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