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So, you bought a flat of wheatgrass or grew your own from seed, now what? I am going to assume you have heard all about the amazing health claims of wheatgrass and are here because you want to know how to get started harnessing the powerful benefits of wheatgrass, but just don’t know where to begin. Because I was a newbie wheatgrass juicer once upon a time, I am thrilled to teach you how to make wheatgrass juice using a blender. No fancy juicer required. You will also learn how to harvest and store fresh wheatgrass until you are ready to juice it and how to freeze wheatgrass juice after you’ve juiced it.
Most people who are interested in learning how to make wheatgrass juice generally fall into two categories; those who aim to eat healthy to prevent illness and those who are in the process of healing their bodies from disease. Regardless of what category you are in, the benefits of drinking wheatgrass juice can be extraordinary and life-changing for anyone.
Benefits Of Wheatgrass Juice
- Wheatgrass is a complete protein, containing more than 30 enzymes, has a whopping 92 minerals and the vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, l and K and is 70% chlorophyll. Drinking chlorophyll infuses your blood with oxygen which protects your body from disease, stimulates digestion and increases your brains health. Diseases like cancer cannot survive in an oxygen environment.
- A 1 ounce shot of wheatgrass juice is said to be equivalent in minerals and vitamins to 32 ounces (2 pounds) of fresh vegetables. Wow, now that’s a pretty powerful shot of juice!
- Many people drink wheatgrass juice to heal their bodies from diseases such as cancer, diabetes, digestive issues, heart disease, auto-immune disorders, arthritis and slow down the aging process.
- Wheatgrass cleanses and detoxes your blood, organs and digestive system. It actually increases your red blood cell count while lowering blood pressure at the same time. It is very effective in detoxing your liver, blood and digestive tracts. It is alkalising and reduces the acidity levels in your body caused from eating processed foods.
- Wheatgrass juice is great for your teeth and oral health and drinking it daily will help to prevent tooth decay. Got a toothache? Swish a mouthful of wheatgrass juice around in your mouth for 5 minutes and spit out. It will rid your mouth of harmful bacteria and pulls the poisons out of your gums. Place the pulp of the juice on mouth sores and areas affected with Pyorrhea. Chewing on it will also freshen up your breath.
- Wheatgrass slows down the aging process. Drinking wheatgrass juice will keep your skin healthy and glowing and the pulp can be applied externally to treat skin aliments such as acne and pimples, scars, burns, cuts, itching, sunburns and rashes. It also does amazing things to your hair. Drinking wheatgrass juice can turn grey hair back to its natural color and helps relieve itchy scalps and dandruff.
- Wheatgrass juice can be used to treat all kinds of personal care issues, internally and externally, such as bad body odor, yeast infections, constipation and colon cleanses.
The information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. Please consult your health care provider before making any healthcare decisions or for guidance about a specific medical condition.
Don’t say you haven’t been warned, but once of you start telling your friends and family that you are making wheatgrass juice, be prepared to be the butt of silly horse jokes and outright laughter, but in all seriousness, when they see how amazing you start to look and feel, the joke will be on them. So are you ready to learn how to make wheatgrass juice and embark on one of the most powerful nutritional journeys of your life? There is no better time to get started to being a healthier you than right now. Happy juicing!
How To Make Wheatgrass Juice
Before you begin, you need to make sure you have the right equipment. You will need a blender or a masticating juicer. A centrifugal juicer will not work for juicing wheatgrass! For the purposes of this article, you are going to learn how to make wheatgrass juice using a blender. Personal sized blenders like the Magic Bullet, which I use, work just as great too!
Grow Or Buy A Flat Of Wheatgrass
Most juice bars sell wheatgrass juice for around $2 bucks a shot, which can add up to a lot of cash if you buy them every day. Either find a local market to buy pre-planted wheatgrass or learn to grow it yourself. You can also buy wheatgrass in a powder form from health food stores, but I am a big believer in fresh is always best as much as possible. If fresh wheatgrass is not available, I do supplement with organic wheatgrass powder.
How To Harvest And Store Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass is ready to be harvested approximately 7 to 14 days after planting. Grab a handful of wheatgrass in your hand and snip it about 1/2 to 1 inch above the soil. Wheatgrass should be harvested within 3 to 4 days of maturity, before the grass begins to reproduce. Grass that is turning yellow and has ends that are splitting into two is past its optimal harvesting time.
Place the wheatgrass in a strainer and rinse thoroughly. It is especially important to rinse the wheatgrass really well if the soil has any mold growing on it. If I have any mold on my soil, I make sure to cut the grass at least one and a half inches above the soil.
Juice immediately or pat the washed wheatgrass dry with a paper towel and place in an airtight sealed container. Place the container in the fridge. Wheatgrass can be kept in the fridge for 7 to 8 days, taking care not to allow the wheatgrass to freeze.
How To Juice Wheatgrass In A Blender
Add 1/2 cup wheatgrass and 2 tablespoons water to a blender. This equals one serving. If you do not like the strong taste of wheatgrass, add more water. I like mine more concentrated because it means I have to drink less.
Puree the wheatgrass for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Continue adding more wheatgrass and water to the blender if you want to make more than one serving.
Cut the foot off the bottom of a pair of new nylons. You can empty, wash and reuse the nylon for juicing again. Place the nylon foot over the top of the blender. You can also place a cheesecloth in a strainer to catch the pulp.
Over top of a bowl, tip the blender and pour the pureed wheatgrass into the nylon and slowly squeeze out all the juice. This removes the cellulose fiber that our bodies are unable to digest.
Pour the strained juice into a glass and drink right away. Wheatgrass juice loses its potency after 30 minutes, so it is not optimal to store it in your fridge. You either need to make and drink it fresh right away or freeze it immediately.
How To Freeze Wheatgrass Juice
Freezing wheatgrass juice is as simple as pouring the strained juice into ice cube trays and setting them into your freezer. Easy peasy! I use ice cube trays with lids to avoid any spills in the freezer.
Pop the frozen wheatgrass cubes out of the tray and place them in a freezer bag. Blend the frozen cubes into smoothies or thaw them out and drink them as a shot.
A Few Tips Before You Go…
- If you are new to drinking wheatgrass juice, you should start with one ounce a day because it can cause nasea and an upset stomach. Add a bit more juice each day to your shot until you reach your desired daily amount.
- Typically, you should drink 4 to 6 ounces of wheatgrass juice daily if you want to heal and repair your body from illness. People who are generally healthy should drink 1 to 2 ounces of wheatgrass juice daily to prevent disease and maintain a healthy body.
- Wheatgrass and cat grass are the same thing! Grow some for you and your pets. Dogs like it too.
- Wheatgrass is best grown outdoors if possible. Although it is possible and many people do grow wheatgrass indoors, the high humidity and warm temperatures cause mold to form on the soil. If you must grow it indoors, keep it in a cool, well-ventilated area of your house.
- Do not cook wheatgrass! It kills all of the enzymes that are so good for us.
- If you really don’t like the taste of what snacking on your front lawn would taste like, you can mix it into a smoothie or juice. Avoid mixing with citrus juices. For me, the taste is definitely weird, but it is tolerable and easy to get used to. I prefer drinking a small amount straight up rather than mixing it into a larger glass of juice or smoothie.
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