After blogging last week about all the healthy foods Zennia cooks that Dana is grossed out by, I got to thinking about how maybe I should try some. I mean, it wouldn't kill me to eat healthier, right? I'd recently read an article about a wheat grass product available at Whole Foods and had thought in passing that I should try it some time. I decided that this weekend was that time.
I drove to the nearest Whole Foods (we won't talk about how much gas that wasted) and wandered the aisles. It's been ages since I've been to this store, so I had no idea where to find anything, but I didn't want to stop every person and say, "I'm looking for the Amazing Grass." Someone was bound to think I was trying to score some pot and call the cops.
I eventually located the wheat grass section, but holy smokes, wheat grass is expensive. Even if I didn't like it, I'd still feel obligated to use up the entire container because of the cost. Thank goodness they sell single serving packets. I selected the three-flavored one with barley grass, wheat grass, and alfalfa, and another packet that supposedly tastes like an orange dreamsicle.
When I got home, I decided to start with the three-flavored one. I tore open the pack, took a big whiff, and smelled.dried grass. I don't know why I was expecting anything different. I shook the green bits into a glass, added a cup of water, and stirred. Then it was time to take a sip.
Not bad. Seriously. It tasted much like a really strong cup of green tea. The only problem I had was that the grass doesn't really dissolve, so I kept getting clumps stuck in my throat. I can't stand pulp in my orange juice either, so I had a hard time getting past that. I definitely should have stirred the mix better.
Afterward, I didn't feel any worse for wear, but I also didn't feel any healthier. My husband pointed out that I probably needed to drink the wheat grass on a regular basis to see any effects, but that's just crazy talk in my opinion. I mean, sure, it might take years of eating double cheeseburgers before I actually have a heart attack, but this health food is supposed to work after one serving. Sheesh, everyone knows that.
Still, I'm glad I tried it. At the very least, I'll know exactly what I'm writing about if I include any more wheat grass scenes in my books. But I think I'll save that orange dreamsicle packet for another day.