Capable of growing year round indoors, wheatgrass can typically be harvested every three to four months and, once you get going, you can generally have a daily supply with little work. Similar in flavor to spinach or other dark greens, wheatgrass has a fresh, slightly bitter taste; however, just like darker greens, it is full of nutritional value and alkalizing for your body. Certain types of wheatgrass can also have a subtle sweetness to them as well.
High in chlorophyll and beta-carotene, regularly consuming wheatgrass juice and recipes containing it can help to support healthy eyesight, reduce the signs of aging, limit the buildup of toxins in the body and fantastic if you are juicing for weight loss. For those who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, or even for those that don’t, wheatgrass is also a good source of protein when compared to other items in the produce section.
Although powders made from dried, ground wheatgrass are available, this vegetable is best fresh. You can either purchase it live from a market or grow your own at home, cutting only what you need every day. Even if you grow wheatgrass indoors, rinse it lightly under cold water prior to using it to ensure it’s clean and fresh.
Most wheatgrass juice recipes measure the produce in inches rather than cups. This generally refers to the diameter of the wheatgrass when bunched together. For example, a recipe calling for 1 inch of wheatgrass is referring to the thickness of the bundle, not the length of a single blade.
In most cases, it is best to consume less than 3 tablespoons chopped (a 2 to 3 inch bundle) a day of wheatgrass to avoid digestive discomfort.
There are special wheatgrass juicers that are designed specifically for juicing wheatgrass. They come in all ranges of prices and quality so be sure to compare some of the popular varieties out there.
Here are some wheatgrass juice recipes to get you started. You can alter the quantities or the ingredients based on your personal preferences. Although not optimal, some traditional juicers can juice wheatgrass. If you have a masticating juicer, which is the kind that has an auger that has a more crushing action than the traditional centrifugal ones you might be in luck.
Chlorophyll Greens Combo
- 2 inches wheatgrass
- Handful spinach
- 2 stalks celery
- Handful flat leaf parsley
Wash everything thoroughly before juicing. Thin the mixture with water and season with lemon juice if desired. Juice the celery last to help push out the greens juice
- 2 Oranges
- 2 inches wheatgrass
- 1 lime
- Coconut water
Juice all of the ingredients and thin with coconut water. If desired, blend the juice with a banana for extra potassium.
- 2 inches of wheatgrass
- 2 apples
Apple is a great way to mask the taste of the wheatgrass if you are not a big fan but want the nutrition. You can add wheatgrass to most of your favorite juicing recipes for a boost of green goodness. Just be sure you have the right type of juicer and you juice other more productive fruits or vegetables afterwards.