Monday, March 7, 2011

Cures for fatigue (Wheatgrass juice and bruschetta)

So lately I've been a little tired. And had these ugly black bags under my eyes. Ok not lately, its been going on for months. Boo! I've tried lots of tricks - reducing coffee (I could try that a little harder), getting more sleep, drinking more water, reducing sugar, blah, blah blah. No joy.

I wandered into the local organic shop I found (no farmers market but an organic store. You win some ...) and saw signs for wheat grass juice. Harking back to my days when I managed an organic grocery department in a health store I remember learning that wheat grass juice is good for lotsa stuff. I figured I'd give it a go. Turns out they don't juice it onsite, but they freeze it in ice cube bags so you can get a bunch of servings to have throughout the week.
I just popped out a couple into a glass (they said that between 2-3 makes a shot. I used two) and waited for it to thaw out before downing it.

Yum. Well not really, but its not bad.

When I told the organic lady why I wanted it, she threw a bulb of organic garlic into my bag. For free! I love free stuff. Especially organic garlic. It was huge.
As big as a tomato! So I used a few cloves and made bruschetta. I know everyone has their own recipe but here's how I did it:

Bruschetta (By Jenn)

2 tomatoes
3 cloves garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
healthy shake of dried basil (fresh would be better but I was out), salt and a little pepper.

Dice the tomatoes, finely chop (or mince) the garlic and add it to a bowl with everything else. Stir it all up and leave to sit for a little while so the flavours can all get to know each other.
Put it on a slice of toasted bread and enjoy!
This was very garlicky, but I was doing research. It did help with my tiredness, but I oozed garlic smell for days. I had to wash my pj's twice. So I don't think this will be a permanent cure. I'll stick with the wheat grass and make bruschetta with a little less garlic in future.

I still love free stuff :)

So what do you do when you're feeling a little run down? And have you ever OD'd on garlic?

Jenn x


  1. I have never tried a wheat grass shot. I usually feel run down from lack of sleep (due to my bub!). What can I do? Maybe wheatgrass....

  2. I hope you feel better soon and isn't it nice of her to throw in some garlic. I love big clove garlic, it's so much easier to use :)