I've always wanted to try a freshly squeezed shot of wheatgrass...but, I'm a chicken. Ever since I saw the face Samantha & her man-of-the hour (in an episode on the classic show, Sex & the City) made when she/he tried one, I've been hesitant, to say the least. I mean, drinking grass juice? You've got to be kidding, right? Even if it is supposed to be healthy for you...you are supposed to mow it, not drink it.
Well, I finally stood up to my fear, and decided to give it a try...but, not the traditional kind. I found a powdered version that looked and sounded less threatening ~ it came in a little packet that you mixed-up into whatever cold beverage you wanted to add it to. I controlled the amount of green wheatgrass flavor by adding the right amount of water for me ~ it turns out that 8 ounces of water is just perfect for my tastes. I was pleasantly surprised when I found the reconstituted wheatgrass drink to be almost sweet, with a very subtle 'green taste'...and it's not yucky at all! I actually even liked it. So much so, that I'm going to add it to my daily diet. Now, that was an unexpected surprise. Not only is it just fine mixed with water or fruit juice, it's also really at home in a smoothie, and gives it a light hint of green. Such an easy way to have a superfood green smoothie. Cool.
My cute, little, single-serving packet of organic wheatgrass powder, from Amazing Grass, only cost about $1.50 at Whole Foods. (after a bit of sleuthing, it looks like some wheatgrass powders are made from dried wheatgrasss juice & others from the entire dried blade of wheatgrass ~ from what I've been able to decipher, Amazing Grass is the latter kind...I think...I'm such a wheatgrass newbie!) The best thing about it, was that it let me see if I liked it before buying a whole container. Sample sizes are so handy, for trying out a product or for an easy, single-serving, take-along size. Now that I know I like it, I'm going to buy a container of it. I found a really good price over on Amazon, so I'm going to order mine from there. Maybe someone should tell Samantha there IS a way to actually enjoy drinking a shot of wheatgrass. Nah, I'd rather just watch her make that face. heehee :)
Wheatgrass-Coconut Superfood Green Protein Smoothie
- 1 cup coconut milk beverage, like the vanilla one from Trader Joe's (or your favorite kind of juice/nut milk/milk)
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 single serving packet wheatgrass powder (or single serving scoop)
- 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
- 1/2 banana
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- couple drops of stevia extract (or sweetener of choice ~ optional)
- 4-6 ice cubes
Place all ingredients in blender & whirl away until smooth & frosty.