Morning boys & girls,
I hope y’all had a lovely weekend? Mine was stuffed to the brim with the organic farmers market, Bikram, a visit to my friend and a visit to my grandparents in Haarlem on Saturday. Then Sunday me & my mom visisted my niece and then we did a Bikram class together, my mom’s a natural! I also had to work late last night, and again this afternoon. Phew!
Glad you all liked the posts on juice fasting last week, I hope I got all of your questions answered too .
So it’s been a long time coming since I did a nutrition 101 post, which is a shame! Luckily for you guys I’ve developed a new, healthy, addiction which I could go on and on about; wheatgrass! (Yes, I’ve now officially turned over to the dark side and I’ll only be wearing sandals (with socks) from now on ).
The Deal With Wheatgrass
No doubt you’ve heard of wheatgrass before. But have you had your first shot yet? If you’re anything like me you know it’s out there, but just can’t get bothered to actually try it. Or make it stick.
I got my first shot from the lovely Diana (rawsuperfoods.com) the Saturday after I returned from Maroc (my body was in desperate need for some GREENS) and I’ve been hooked ever since!
But what is wheatgrass? Wheatgrass is the younger, immature version of wheat as we know it. Before wheat grows into a grain it is a grass. As we know form our masticating friends, grasses are super healthy and can sustain large animals in their nutritional demands. However, for humans it is next to impossible to chew the grass thoroughly enough to get the vitamins and minerals released, hence: wheatgrass juice! As with any juice, the nutrients become much more avilable by removing the fiber and releasing them from their whole food form, which most of the time includes hard to digest (for us) plant cells. By the way: wheatgrass is gluten free!
So what’s everyone always raving about wheatgrass one might wonder. Rumor has it that one tiny shot of wheatgrass (1 ounce/28ml) is the nutritional equivelancy of 1 kilo fresh vegetables. Wow! Whether or not this statement is completely accurate or not, it is a fact that wheatgrass’ nutritional content is off the charts. Wheatgrass is super rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, amino acids (building blocks for protein) and enzymes and chlorophyll (70%), among other things. Diana informed me that two shots of wheatgrass covers your entire amino acid requirements for the day, and various sources state that 2 shots (60ml!) meet all your vitamin & mineral requirements for an entire day.
Here are some more touted benefits of wheatgrass:
- energizes and reduced fatigue
- improves metabolism & reduces cravings (by stabilizing blood sugar)
- improves digestion
- enriches the blood and lowers blood pressure
- the chlorophyll cleanses the blood and helps in removing toxins from the body
- improves complexion and reduces skin problems like acne
- boosts the immune system
Wheatgrass is also used by some as a form of complementary therapy in patients with chronic illnesses like cancer.
Get Your Wheatgrass Juice On!
I know you’re all still waiting for one final thing: what about the taste? Honestly, it doesn’t bother me at all, and the second time around I actually liked it. It probably doesn’t hurt I get quite some greens in on a daily basis, including green juices, though. Hell, even if you’re not a fan of the taste, it’s such a small amount that it could easily be glugged!
So, no more excuses, get yourself to your nearest cocktail wheatgrass bar (Amsterdam residents: Diana at the Noordermarket on Saturday or Jay’s Juices)!
Granted, at €2,50 a shot it might not be feasible to get a shot everyday, yet if you really want wheatgrass to work magic on your body, it would be best to drink it consistently. Fortunately there’s the option of growing it yourself too! And instead of a fancy wheatgrass juicer, you can buy a cheap manual wheatgrass juicer (at rawsuperfoods for €45 for example). You can buy wheatgrass growing supplies at tarwegraskoning.nl (dutch webshop), like I did, where you will find a manual as well. It seems simple enough, and there’s plenty of manuals and FAQ’s on wheatgrass growing online as well. This way you can have a shot, or two, of fresh wheatgrass every day for only a small initial investment!
Have you ever tried wheatgrass? If you consume wheatgrass juice consistently, what are the benefits you’ve noticed?