A Little About Wheatgrass
You can find wheatgrass at the health food store, have it shipped to you from a grower and even grow it yourself (in only 9 days) and it’s relatively inexpensive. I go through about a pound of wheatgrass a week and it costs me about $10. It’s a great, inexpensive way to get as many nutritional benefits as possible packed into one package.
In order to juice wheatgrass you need to have a masticating juicer. A regular (centrifugal) juice, like a breville, won’t be able to juice wheatgrass and it will get stuck. You’ll want to rinse and dry it off to prep it for juicing.
You should ideally consume your wheatgrass on an empty stomach. It takes about 15 minutes to digest so drinking on an empty stomach ensures it’s digested as quickly as possible and that you absorb as much of the nutrition as possible. Drinking wheatgrass on a full or semi-full stomach can lead to digestive upset which will probably ruin your wheatgrass experience.
The recommended volume of juice to drink is 2-4 oz daily. You can break this up throughout the day, drinking 2 oz in the morning and 2 oz in evening. You don’t need to drink 4 oz. to get the benefits either! I tend to stick with just 2 oz in the morning.
Benefits of Juicing Wheatgrass
The fresh juice of young wheat plants is a storehouse of natural vitamins, minerals, cholorphyll, enzymes and life energy. Wheatgrass juice helps to nourish every cell of the body, while cleansing them toxins.
It’s estimated that 15 pounds of wheatgrass is equal in protein and overall nutritional value to 350 pounds of ordinary garden vegetables. Based on consuming the suggested amount of wheatgrass of 4 oz daily, that would be equivalent to consuming 6 pounds of garden vegetables daily.
Grown Your Own Wheatgrass
Ready to grow your own? Enjoy your own homegrown wheatgrass in only 9 days!
Recipe by Laura A. Bushey, MAT, Certified Health Educator and Personal Holistic Chef with Kitchen of Life. For more about Laura click here.