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With this easy wheatgrass juice recipe you will discover how to make a healthy juice from fresh wheatgrass at home (you can use wheatgrass powder too), so you can enjoy the multiple benefits of this wonderful healthy drink.
If you’re not familiar with wheat grass (a sprouted wheat seed called wheat grass), you might think it’s strange that someone would suggest you eat grass. You are not a cow, after all, right ;-). But the young green fresh Wheatgrass is actually a pretty delicious and nutritious super food and is beneficial to any healthy diet.
Even better, you can grow your own wheat grass with minimal effort.
It may be obvious, but:
What is Wheat Grass?
Wheat grass is the young edible grass of the wheat plant (triticum aestivum). It is gluten-free and is accompanied by therapeutic properties. Most of the time, it is pressed or ground into a very fine and emerald green powder, or put in capsule.
Wheat grass, also known as “Liquid Sunshine”, is found in warm regions, there are some local producers in France in the South. Many people choose to grow plants and wheatgrass indoors, where plants can survive and thrive.
Once you realize how easy and fun it is to germinate your own wheat grass at home, you are able to make yourself an almost unlimited stock of this super-super food.
For this, follow this guide..
How to grow wheat grass at home?
First step: gather the necessary materials:
What you will need:
- organic wheatgrass seeds
- organic or agroforestry seeds that are suitable for germination…
- Compo organic soil for vegetable garden and seedlings
- Garden tray
- water spray for Garden.
Organic wheatgrass seeds: starting with the highest quality seeds will give a better and more nutrient dense crop.
Organic soil and Fertilizers: always use compost and organic fertilizers to avoid exposure to toxic products.
Plastic culture tray with holes: so you can reuse it again and again.
Spray: this is the perfect way to keep your shoots moist, but not too watered.
Second stage: pre-germination
For a faster and larger harvest, pre-germination is absolutely necessary.
Place enough seeds to cover the bottom of your plastic tray, without overcrowding.
In a glass bowl, rinse the seeds and place them in a container with 3 times more water than seeds.
Cover the container with a dishcloth and let the seeds soak for 10 hours.
After 10 hours, drain the water and repeat the same soaking process.
Check that the seeds have sprouted well from 30 to 50mm.
Stage three: preparation of the tray
Use paper towels to cover the bottom of the plastic tray.
Fill the tray with a combination of ½ moistened organic oil and light compost up to 4cm from the depth of the tray.
Fourth stage: planting
Arrange the seeds evenly on the plastic tray.
Gently push the seeds into the ground.
Place the seed tray in a place that has indirect light and good ventilation.
Step 5: care for your plants
Place a piece of slightly damp newsprint on the seeds until they reach about 3cm
Water the new shoots twice a day with a spray until the shoots reach 3cm.
Step 6: Harvesting
Your wheat grass should reach 15cm by day 9 or 10. By that time, she will be ready for harvesting !
Avoid any mold that may have developed by cutting over the place where the mold begins. Use sharp and clean scissors to harvest your wheat grass. A 50 * 25cm tray will produce enough grass for 350ml of wheat grass juice.
You can start watering again for a second and a third harvest. Note: the shoots will not be as tender as the first ones.
What to do in case of mold?
As mentioned above, it is possible that if your environment is humid, your shoots will develop mold. Although mold is harmless, it can quickly disgust you.
Here are some steps you can take to prevent mold from becoming a problem.
Soak the seeds for a longer period of time, 12 hours work well. The seeds will grow more and have better germination and much shorter germination time.
When placing your seeds on the tray, be especially careful to leave a gap between the seeds for good ventilation.
Be very careful not to water your shoots too much.
Try to water your shoots from the bottom by placing a collector tray without holes under the wheat grass tray. Make sure there is water in this collection tray and only lightly spray the top of the shoots.
Health benefits of wheat grass juice
Here’s just one amazing statistic to start with: 50 ml of wheat grass juice have the nutritional equivalent of 2kg of raw organic vegetables! Nuff said!
Ok, here are few more benefits:
But what is actually IN the wheat grass?
Wheat grass contains the following important nutrients:
- magnesium and calcium
- amino acids
- vitamins A, C, E, E
Here are some benefits of wheat grass supported by science.
Alkalinization and absorption of nutrients
Wheat grass helps the body to achieve and maintain an alkaline state that promotes well-being and drives away diseases. It is known that cancer and other diseases thrive in an acidic environment. In addition, wheat grass helps the body absorb essential nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin E and electrolytes.
It is mainly the presence of chlorophyll that gives the crop its ability to promote an alkaline environment. This balances the body’s pH and protects the cells. This is why the consumption of chlorophyll is associated with a quantity of anti-aging effects such as good weight management or healthy skin.
Reduces free radical damage
The powerful antioxidants contained in wheat grass reduce the risk of damage from free radicals and oxidation. According to research, wheat grass has a higher ORAC score (antioxidant score) than many other natural or vegetable extracts.
Wheat grass prevents damage from oxidation of the liver and protects mitochondria in cells. This results in a reduction in inflammation and a decrease in the risk of diseases, including cancer, heart disease and liver disease.
Protects from cancer
Scientists from the integrated unit of oncology and palliative care in Israel have discovered that wheatgrass has a place in the holistic treatment of cancer and can benefit the entire immune function. Studies have even shown that wheatgrass can promote apoptosis (destruction of cancer cells). In addition, wheatgrass can also help mitigate side effects of chemotherapy, such as fatigue and malabsorption.
Other notable health benefits of wheat grass juice :
- regulates blood sugar
- can help you sleep better.
- can help heal wounds.
- prevents harmful bacteria from coming into contact with wheat grass.
- can renew and replenish tissues.
- removes toxins from the body.
- contains thirteen essential vitamins and minerals.
- oxygen to the body.
- rebuilt the blood.
- improves digestion
- improves night vision
- promotes healthy metabolism
How to Make Wheatgrass Juice at Home?
First of all, it’s important to use the right type of machine or juicer if you are going to make juice from wheat grass. Juice extractors that grind wheat grass will damage it. You will need a manual i.e slow juice extractor or masticating juicer that will preserve all the benefits of the herb.
To make juice from wheat grass:
- Harvest and wash about 50 g. of wheat grass which should be enough to fill a small shot glass of about 50 ml (a shot of wheatgrass). 50 grams may not sound like much , but since wheatgrass stems are pretty lightweight, to collect these 50 grams you will need quite some of stems, so in the end you will have a small pile to work with.
- Chop the grass stems into small pieces.
- Pass the grass into the juice extractor and drink the juice immediately to enjoy all the beneficial nutrients of the plant
Here are some natural remedies based on wheatgrass juice, Ok, I do not guarantee that all this works, but you can always try:
- If you have a sore throat, gargle with fresh juice made of wheat grass.
- Soak a cotton sock in wheatgrass juice and apply it to painful areas due to arthritis. Cover the area with a bag and leave to apply the juice for about an hour.
- Eliminate dandruff by rubbing your scalp with wheat grass juice and covering it with a shower cap. Let the juice stand for about twenty minutes and rinse.
- Use wheat grass juice as a natural deodorant.
- You can help a small wound heal faster by putting wheat grass juice on it.
To make a similarly healthy green juice you can use barley grass too. And if you don’t have wheat grass on hand, you could just use wheatgrass powder to make your juice. Not to be confused with matcha, moringa, spirulina or any other of the green superfood powders that are popular nowadays.
Easy Homemade Wheatgrass Juice Recipe
Here are some good ways to incorporate wheatgrass into your diet.
Mix of bananas and Berry for breakfast
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 240g spinach
- 240ml coconut vegetable milk
- ½ Banana
- 80g raspberries (fresh or frozen)
- 30ml wheat grass juice(or wheatgrass powder)
- Add all the ingredients to the blender and blend well.
This delicious dressing gives all my salads the perfect health boost shot!
- a few leaves of fresh coriander (remove the stems)
- ½ Large avocado
- 30ml wheat grass juice(or wheatgrass powder)
- 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
- 60ml olive oil
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 tsp cumin
Put all the ingredients in a high-power blender and blend until a smooth mixture is obtained. Keep cool in the fridge.
Have you made such wheatgrass juice recipe at home before? Let me know in the comments!