Before I started growing microgreens at home, I always believed the fiction that consuming Wheatgrass juice either required a high-end electric juicer or required a trip to the nearest smoothie bar or health store. Well I was wrong for all of those years because it's actually incredibly easy to grow and juice Wheatgrass at home without buying an expensive juicer or paying the price of a cappuccino.
What is Wheatgrass?
To kick things off though, let's start with a brief introductory... What is Wheatgrass and why is it so popular?
Wheatgrass is a food made from the Triticum aestivum plant. It’s essentially a potent superfood with some pretty incredible health benefits. Many people use Wheatgrass juice to boost their immune system, improve their energy levels, or use as a detoxifier. Health enthusiasts and naturalists have long raved about the countless benefits of the plant—and for good reason! It can be used as an everyday health tonic!
Benefits of Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass is packed full with a powerful combination of chlorophyll, vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and enzymes. It has many therapeutic benefits and is known as a "complete nourishment." A shot of Wheatgrass juice contains significant amounts of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, calcium, iron and potassium. These are all helpful compounds that support proper body functioning. In fact, Wheatgrass has antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.
It's packed with a powerful combination of nutrients that make it extremely useful to your health. It contains:
- 17 Amino Acids
- Vitamins A, C, E, K, and B Complex
Why Juice Wheatgrass?
For the human digestive system to be able to access the nutrients, Wheatgrass must be juiced or otherwise broken down.
Wheatgrass juice can be purchased fresh or frozen, but if you're consuming large quantities of it every day, that can quickly become very expensive (as mentioned before). Growing your own wheatgrass is cheap and easy and you can juice it yourself at home in a blender.
Easy Juicing Steps Without a Juicer!
What you'll need:
- your wheatgrass
- a blender
- a cup or two of water
- a nut milk bag or cheese cloth
- Cut the wheatgrass about an inch from the soil.
- Clean the wheatgrass and remove any strands that have turned completely yellow.
- Add the wheatgrass and water to the blender in about a 1:1 ratio. You can also add more water for a milder, more palatable beverage.
and blend until the wheatgrass is completely pulverized. (You won't be able to fully liquify the grass with this method, but it will enable you to grind the wheatgrass into a liquidy pulp).
- Pass the juice through a nut milk bag (or cheesecloth) to collect the juice. **Try to squeeze out every last drop and get as many nutrients of the wheatgrass juice that you can!
- Now it's time for the best part—you can drink it right away or add it to your favourite smoothie or store it in your fridge for a few days until you're ready to drink it. Another fun option is to store it in ice cub trays and freeze and then consume at your leisure.
Written by Curtis Nemechek
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