Wheatgrass Juice Is Considered By Many to Be the Most Nutritious Food!
Wheatgrass is becoming more and more popular as a key ingredient in fresh home-made juices and smoothies. It is incredibly rich in nutrients – vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and many other phytonutrients. You should seriously consider adding a little wheatgrass to all of your juice recipes.
Amazing Benefits of Wheatgrass
Studies show that wheatgrass juice has a multitude of health benefits. In addition to providing most of our daily recommended requirement of vitamins and minerals, wheatgrass juice is also used by many to detox the body, prevent cancer, and improve digestion and blood circulation. It assists in oxygenating and alkalizing the blood, suppressing appetite, regulating the thyroid, and boosting the immune system. Wheatgrass contains as much as 70% chlorophyll, which is higher than most vegetable greens. Some researchers have even recommended that a diet high in chlorophyll can significantly reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Wth its high content of chlorophyll, wheatgrass juice is more like the composition of our blood than any other plant substance. As a matter of fact chlorophyll is considered the “blood” of the plant world due to its similarity to our blood in molecular framework. Once you consume wheatgrass, you can feel it almost immediately. Many say that drinking wheatgrass first thing in the morning is as energy boosting as a cup of coffee.
wheatgrass juiceWhere To Get It
No wonder wheatgrass is found in more and more juice and smoothie recipes. You can find fresh wheatgrass sold at your local health food store and farmers market, and now in many supermarkets. You can even find bottled, frozen, powdered and pill forms of wheatgrass, but these do not have all the nutrients – especially enzymes – of fresh wheatgrass juice or smoothie.
How To Grow It
Anyone can grow wheatgrass at home! It’s as easy as growing grass – just order organic wheatgrass seed online (Amazon is my source – just click wheatgrass seed), and plant it in a pot of organic soil easily found at any garden store. Within 2 days you’ll see white shoots. Within 4 days you’ll see green blades of grass which you can start cutting and adding to your juice. Don’t be fooled by anyone who makes it sound complicated and expensive, and don’t be tempted by special trays and whatnot! All f that is not necessary! All you need is seed, soil and a pot or cut-off plastic container.
Here’s what to do. Take one of your flower pots, fill it with soil, sprinkle seed liberally on the soil, cover with 1/8″ of soil and soak it with water. Let the water drain. I cover my dry soil with a napkin before II water it for the first time to keep the seeds from being uncovered by the watering. Then I just discard this cover after he first watering. But this covering is not necessary, just convenient.
When the grass blades get about 5-7″ tall cut a thumb length and thickness and add to any of your juice and smoothie recipes. That’s enough to get all the amazing nutrients, but not so much that is makes your juice or smoothie bitter. This is important: when you have cut and juiced all the green part of the grass, let it grow again for a second harvest. But after that start over with fresh soil and seed, because the soil is depleted.
How To Juice Itwheatgrass juice recipes and benefits
Unique juice machines known as a “slow” juicers are particularly effective for juicing wheatgrass at home. I use a slow juicer made by Hurom though an equally fine one made by Omega now has a better warranty. These juicers remove the liquid from the wheatgrass in a more thorough way than the common juicer. They’re not only best with wheatgrass, they are also superior when juicing other greens including lettuce, celery, spinach, watercress and herbs such as my favorite, parsley.
How To Drink It
You can drink juiced wheatgrass by itself or as an ingredient combined with other fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts. Few people enjoy the flavor of wheatgrass by itself. But it’s easy to make it very tasty by combining it with carrot, cucumber or apple. Add a little honey as a sweetener. You can also add other greens like kale, parsley, dandelion, alfalfa sprouts or celery. Try adding some ginger or garlic for a delicious surprise!
wheatgrass juice and smoothiesWheatgrass Juice & Smoothie Recipes
2 large Carrots
1 thumb Wheatgrass
bunch of Grapes
2 stalks Celery
1 thumb Wheatgrass
More great wheatgrass recipes can be found in my Juice and Smoothie Recipes that Heal! available in the box at the right and for Kindle, Nook and iPad users at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBooks.
Drinking wheatgrass must be done with care. The juice from most greens is powerful on the stomach. Too much can cause nausea. Drink only about 4 ounces of wheatgrass each day, preferably in 1 ounce portions throughout the day. This is due to its powerful cleansing effects. If you have a sensitive stomach, simply reduce your intake as I do to 1 ounce a day, and I never drink it on an empty stomach.