Wheatgrass Juice – Not the Powder!

Many people are on the juicing bandwagon these days and are making all sorts of juice cocktails.

Wheatgrass Juice

Wheatgrass juice is in a league of its own and is best consumed as juice and not the powder you see sold in most health food stores.

It is very similar to aloe vera benefit-wise except that you only need to start on 1-2oz a day to see results from drinking it.

 

What is Wheatgrass Juice?  

It is the baby grass of wheat and is gluten-free.  You can normally buy it at health food markets and even some health food shops. The juice should only be taken on an empty stomach and can take some getting used to.

Personally, I like it flash-frozen straight from the field.  This bumps up the price to £54 a packet for 28oz of individual 1oz parcels. Quite expensive if you are on a tight budget.

Trays of the grass are easier on the pocket and are between £7-10 a tray.  Each one yields about 9oz of juice.

You will need to have a juicer that can juice wheatgrass as it is quite stringy – even more so than celery.

The good thing about wheatgrass juice is that you should see the effects on your body within a week as it is so powerful.

Personally, I found wheatgrass:

  • Toned my skin
  • Restored elasicity
  • Contributed to weight loss
  • Enhanced my vision
  • Made my hair thick and bushy
  • Made my nails strong

 

What is Wheatgrass Made Of?

It is one of the few grasses that has a complete protein profile.  All essential amino acids are included.  Chlorophyll – plant blood – is similar to our own haemoglobin and serves as a blood enricher.  This means that it can raise low blood counts of invalids back to a healthy level. All minerals and vitamins are included.  Wheatgrass is a complete food.

As the taste is quite acquired, you may have to lick a slice of lemon afterwards to take the wheatgrass juice taste off your tongue.  The good thing is that the benefits outweigh the taste.

The sicker you are the more juice you will need – up to 8oz daily. As wheatgrass juice is powerful, you should drink  2 oz in the morning on an empty stomach and 2 oz in the afternoon.  The same in the evening.

Depending on your weight.  I am 12 stone – 75kg and take up to 4oz a day when drinking this.  Mind you if you are relatively quite heavy for your height  and not a body builder – you may feel a little queasy as your liver is being cleansed.

In that case, prepare yourself at least a fortnight beforehand.  Have  a salad at least once a day….A 5-8 veg salad with avocado rather than  mayo.

You only need to take wheatgrass when you are in need of an extra boost of nutrients and trying to reverse symptoms of illness.

Wheatgrass Powder

Powdered wheatgrass is not as potent as the juice as it is missing the full chlorophyll juice factor.

It is possible to grow wheatgrass at home, however that would take another blog post or two to describe and you might get bored with all the details so I will spare you!

For those of you who do want to try growing wheatgrass at home – you can try the soil-free method as well as the soil method. You will need trays and wheatgrain (seeds). There is also the option to buy special equipment to grow wheatgrass at home.

 

Sprouts – High Protein Skin Boost

Beans and lentils and seeds can sprout….before they grow to fully grown plants. Sprouts are a high protein skin boost, bringing it back to being normal.

They are full of nutrition and I found out about them from one of my friends who eats a lot of fresh salads and smoothies.

Puy Lentil Sprouts

 

Benefits of Sprouts

The main benefit of sprouts is that their protein content multiples at least 3 times whilst the bean germinates.  The good thing is that they are meant to be eaten fresh.  They are absolutely delicious in avocado salads and are quite crunchy, but softer than unsprouted beans or seeds.

You can add them to soups, salads, smoothies, sandwich fillings, and even curries.  They are very versatile and easy to grow.

As a deficiency of only one amino acid can cause allergies, low energy levels, poor digestion, lowered immunity, and premature aging, it is best to always have sprouts in your meals for lunch.

As time goes on, you can add bean sprouts to any savoury smoothies for breakfast.

Remember this – The replacement of the missing amino acids can result in a complete reversal of symptoms.

Eat a variety of sprouts as each kind has different levels of amino acids in them.  Personally, I like alfalfa, sunflower seeds sprouts, mung bean, puy lentil, black-eye beans,  lentils and almond sprouts.

They also contain minerals,  trace elements and chlorophyll.   When I first started growing and eating sprouts with my food – I noticed that my skin was an even tone. The chlorophyll – that is the green juice in most green plants – is effective in building up your blood.

The reason for this could be that the cholorophyll molecule is similar to haemoglobin.

Sprouts are also full of enzymes which make them easy for us to digest.

What Minerals And Vitamins Do Sprouts Have?

Here is a short list of a few:

  • Alfalfa      –  Vitamin B complex, Vitamins A, C, E, K

Minerals – Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, Seleniim,  Zinc

  • Almonds  – Protein, Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Fats

Vitamin B, E

  • Chickpeas – Carbohydrates, Calcium, Protein, Magnesium, Potassium

Vitamins A and C

  • Black-eyed Beans – Protein, Vitamins A, and C, Magnesium and Potassium
  • Lentils – Protein, Iron and Vitamin C
  • Mung Beans – Protein, Vitamin C, Iron and Potassium

I could go on and on, but I believe you have got the message now.

I have told a few of my friends how to grow sprouts and sometimes they mix up the process.

Dear friends, it is soo easy…Here’s the method:

  1. In the evening, soak half a cup of beans in a glass jar
  2. The following morning, drain the beans and rinse
  3. In the evening drain the beans and rinse
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3
  5. You should see a little tail growing from your sprouts by now.  When sprout tails are half an inch long, you can add them to your meals.

 

An Exception:   Please note that alfalfa seeds take up to 5 days to grow and become green. So this means 4 days of steps 2 and 3…If you need any help on this, please let me know and I will oblige.

Like all plants, the warmer the weather the faster your sprouts will grow.  Most beans take only 2 days to grow after soaking.  Kidney and adzuki beans are slightly harder to sprout, so I suggest mung beans or sunflower seeds to start with.

I use sprouting jars to grow mine.  You can get them on Amazon.

You also do not need much space for them to grow, neither a garden.

They are very good cost-wise.  How?  1 cup of beans grows to 3 x their size after soaking in water overnight – so 500g of beans will last at least 2 weeks.  A packet of beans only costs £1.17-£2.00 in the store. You can get 3kg for £3.00.  That could last you for 2 months!

I make sure I always have black-eyed beans, different kinds of lentils, alfalfa and sunflower seeds in my kitchen cupboard to enliven my salads or green juices.  Yes, you can even put them through a slow juicer – and with a touch of lemon juice, ginger root and 1 green apple – the taste will go well with whatever other vegetables you put in your juice.

Try it – I bet you’ll like it!  Let me know how you get on by commenting down below.