Did you know that just 2 ounces of wheatgrass is equivalent to 5 pounds of fresh vegetables? That’s more than the USDA’s daily recommended dose of vegetables!
Now don’t close this article just yet, because we’re talking about grass. This stuff is so healthy for you and its appearance and earth-like flavor should outweigh its beautifying from head-to-toe, energy-laden and overall health properties.
Wheatgrass can be cultivated outdoors, but is commonly grown indoors in trays filled with potting soil. As the leaves grow, they eventually split. At this so-called “jointing stage” point, the wheatgrass has reached its greatest nutritional value and the blades can be snipped off, allowing for a second round of leaves to grow. After the second round grows to its splitting point, the crop is usually finished, although a third round is possible.
There are 50+ benefits to adding wheatgrass to your daily diet, but here are a few benefits of this magical superfood that you should know:
- Has twice the amount of Vitamin A as carrots and is even higher in Vitamin C than oranges
- Contains B vitamins, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and potassium in a balanced ratio
- Is a complete source of protein, supplying 17 amino acids
- Cleanses the liver, tissues and organs of toxins
- 70% chlorophyll composition, which mimics hemoglobin in our blood and delivers oxygen effectively to our cells
- Increases red blood cells in the body to boost the immune system
- Has been known to help alleviate psoriasis and eczema
- Can help lower blood pressure
- Is gluten free because it is cut before the grain grows
This list should make it obvious that this powerful green powder or juice, however you chose to consume it, is extremely beneficial for a multitude of uses and everyone can benefit!
You can buy wheatgrass in two forms: a powder or fresh-juiced form. Whether you choose the powdered form or the fresh-pressed juice version, it really comes down to your preference. Both forms of wheatgrass are highly effective in achieving optimal health.
The powdered form is a bit more concentrated than its juiced counterpart, but it’s also available to buy in a variety of flavors, aside from just the normal “green.” If you’re interested in the powdered version, try searching for the brands— Garden of Life or Amazing Grass. Both companies sell flavored forms of wheatgrass that are just as potent as the plain green powder itself and may be easier to adjust to before you dive right into the hard-core wheatgrass product.
The wheatgrass powder is easy to scoop into your favorite drink, it lasts longer than the fresh juice and if you travel, you can easily take the powder with you to maintain your regimen. It also contains fiber.
Fresh wheatgrass juice contains live enzymes to fend off microbes and viruses. If you use freshly juiced wheatgrass, you know exactly where it comes from. You are either growing and juicing this yourself, or you’re watching someone press the young plants into juice with your own eyes. If you’re looking to try juiced wheatgrass, visit a local juice bar and try a shot straight (if you can handle it) or throw it into one of your fresh juices or smoothies.
Try this recipe if you’re just getting into wheatgrass. You won’t even know it’s in this shake!
- 1 scoop of powdered wheatgrass (or a juiced 2-ounce shot)
- 1 cup of frozen berries (or fresh with ice cubes)
- 1 scoop of protein powder (whey, plant-based, whatever you prefer)
- 1 handful of spinach or kale
- 1 banana
- ½ cup of unsweetened almond milk
Blend it all together and once you pour it into a cup, mix in 1 TBSP of chia seeds and 1 TBSP of cinnamon for added nutrients. Enjoy!
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