WHEATGRASS UNCUT…

By ANNA B.

So we all know greens are good for us but in recent years one green in particular has been making headlines, falling under this ever growing, long list of new category foods we now call superfoods. Wheatgrass has been around for centuries, it can in fact be traced back over 5000 years to ancient Egyptian times. However, the consumption of wheatgrass only became readily available in the western world in the 1930’s when a doctor named Charles Schnabel conducted studies on it. But what exactly is wheatgrass and does it contain gluten? Simply put, wheatgrass is the young grass of the wheat plant. Wheatgrass juice is extracted from wheatgrass sprouts before the seed begins to form therefor it is in fact gluten free. Because humans don’t have the necessary enzymes in their stomachs to break down grass, wheatgrass must be either juiced or freeze dried into a powder form in order for humans to consume and to benefit from its many nutrients.

 

So ‘what’s so good about wheatgrass?’ I hear you ask. Well, there are many benefits of taking wheatgrass – Wheatgrass provides a concentrated amount of nutrients, including iron; calcium; magnesium; amino acids; chlorophyll; and vitamins A, C and E.  For example;
  • Wheatgrass has twice the amount of Vitamin A as carrots.
  • Wheatgrass is higher in Vitamin C than oranges.
  • It contains the full spectrum of B vitamins.
  • It contains calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and potassium in a balanced ratio.
  • Wheatgrass is a complete source of protein. This protein is in the form of poly peptides, simpler and shorter chains of amino acids that the body uses more efficiently in the blood stream and tissues.
But that’s not all, wheatgrass is also a detoxifier, especially to the liver and blood. It helps neutralize toxins and environmental pollutants in the body, which is very important for everyone who lives in an urban area.
Wheatgrass also cleanses and builds the blood due to its high content of chlorophyll. All life on this planet comes from the sun and only green plants can transform the sun’s energy into chlorophyll through the process of photosynthesis. Chlorophyll is the first product of light and therefore contains more healing properties than any other element. Chlorophyll also carries high levels of oxygen which is especially powerful in assisting the body to restore abnormalities.
Wheatgrass can be easily juiced at home but make sure you use a masticating juicer rather than your regular juicer. It can also be grown very easily and inexpensively, for further information on this give the guys at Urban Health a shout, they’re always happy to help. Alternatively, you can buy the powder form instore. However, I’d recommend consuming the fresh juice if possible as I believe it’s more potent.
For more on wheatgrass check out Urban Health’s YouTube video:
My recipe below for my wheatgrass latte can be quickly made in the mornings to give you a little pick-me-up. It tastes great and is so simple to make.
I hope you enjoy!
Love,
Anna B x
WHEATGRASS LATTE
PREP TIME – 5 mins
COOK TIME – 5 mins
Ingredients:
1. Nut milk (I went for almond milk)
2. 2 ounces of wheatgrass juice
3. Sweetener of your choice (I’ve used Agave Nectar, but I also like to use coconut palm sugar in this recipe. Honey would also work)
Method:
Heat your nut milk in a saucepan, but make sure to watch it as it can quickly burn.
Once your milk is hot add it to a jar or cup and then add your wheatgrass and your sweetener. Then shake or stir and enjoy!
Make sure to tag us in your wheatgrass creations!