July 30, 2013 by Living Girl Living Foods
Wheatgrass has been receiving some more than deserved attention these days. From some writers saying it reverses gray hairs to others recommending it daily for detoxing. I haven’t read enough evidence on wheatgrass actually providing results for sure with grey hair so I personally do not feel comfortable saying this. But if anyone finds some articles with scientific proof, studies and so forth I would love to read them. Please feel free to share any findings in the comments section 😀 Any who…
What the funk is wheatgrass? Is it wheat free? Why is it so gosh darn expensive if it is grass? Best way to consume it? Health Benefits? What to look for when purchasing?
Wheatgrass is grown by sprouting wheat berries in soil. It can take 10 days or longer for it to grow. Not every single batch of wheatgrass tastes the same. When purchasing wheatgrass look for something local, organic and or grown with vegan soil. It can be grown in doors or out doors and you can completely grow your own at home!
Wheatgrass, if not cut probably can contain wheat. The grass should not be cut too close to the soil and wheat berry to prevent wheat contamination.
Between the cost of soil, seeds, location, the sprouting process and possibly have a spot or batch of wheatgrass not grow healthy can all be why it is so costly. If it is certified organic the company has paid for that certification is a great example of why prices with wheatgrass may vary.
Wheatgrass is best consumed freshly juiced. At almost all organic/all natural shops one will be able to find it in other forms such as; frozen shots, powder, tablets, mixed in energy bars and of course fresh trays (probably the hardest to find from this list sadly). Fresh juice provides from what I have seen the best results, the body typically can absorb more and it comes straight from the whole food. No mystery as to how it has become a powder, tablet or how long it has been frozen for.
When purchasing wheatgrass look for blades that are strong, not limp, green and not yellowing. Please keep it in your fridge once it is cut. If you are growing your own, it is best to just cut what you are going to use. This way the tray can stay out of the fridge.
If you are interested in juicing your on wheatgrass make sure whatever juicer you are looking at can handle it. NOT all juicers can juice wheatgrass, this stuff is pretty difficult for machines to break down or in the case of a juicer like a Jack LaLanne it will just shoot the whole green into the trash bucket in crazy shreds but no juice. The Omega Juicer I own can handle it and it does a fantastic job! The image above is a fresh wheatgrass shot straight from the Omega.
There are endless health benefits of consuming this sweet, citrus, and earthly juice. It is loaded with chlorophyll, amino acids, protein, vitamin e, phosphorus, and enzymes. Wheatgrass aids with blood flow, detoxification, calming the nerves, provides a boost of energy, and can aid with skin concerns like acne or old scars from acne.
1 ounce of wheatgrass is equivalent to 2.5 pounds of vegetables! I personally do not believe it is necessary to have a wheatgrass shot every single morning and do recommend that anyone brand new to fresh wheatgrass juice starts off with a 1 ounce shot. For me personally, I usually have a bowel movement an hour after consuming a wheatgrass shot. This stuff is pretty powerful.
It does taste like grass but has lots of citrus notes to it and a bit of a bitter after taste at times according to the batch of wheatgrass. Many juice bars serve wheatgrass shots with a wedge of orange or a pineapple slice. When the wheatgrass is truly a good batch most people do not need a fruit slice to calm down the flavors. It will naturally taste sweet 🙂
The best time of day to have a wheatgrass shot is in the morning on an empty stomach. This also helps the wheatgrass do a good cleaning and give your body an energy boost. It’s best to wait 2-4 hours after having a wheatgrass shot before having any food. Wheatgrass will move through the body fairly quickly, if something else is combined with it then things will slow down digestion and detox wise. It may also cause very faint discomfort.
I had some “new” food shares but this post is already looking terrifyingly long! Thank you all for stopping by and taking the time to read my post. Much love ❤ and raw power 😉