If you're not familiar with wheatgrass (a sprouted wheat seed called wheatgrass), you might think it's strange that someone would suggest you eat grass. No, you're not a cow, but wheatgrass is actually a delicious and nutritious super food that is beneficial to any healthy diet.
Best of all, you can grow your own wheatgrass with minimal effort.
WHAT IS WHEATGRASS?
Wheatgrass is the edible young grass of the wheat plant triticum aestivum. It is gluten-free and has therapeutic properties. Most of the time, it is pressed or ground into a very fine, green powder or put into capsules.
Wheatgrass, also known as "Liquid Sunshine", is found in warm regions, there are a few local producers in France in the south of the country. Many people choose to grow wheatgrass indoors, where the plants can survive and thrive.
Once you realize how easy and fun it is to germinate your own wheatgrass at home, you are able to grow an almost unlimited supply of this super food.
HOW DO YOU GROW YOUR WHEATGRASS AT HOME?
First step: Gather the necessary material :
• Organic Wheatgrass Seeds: Starting with the highest quality seeds will result in a better and more nutrient-dense crop.
• Organic potting soil and fertilizers: Always use compost and organic fertilizers to avoid exposure to toxic products.
• Plastic growing trays with holes: so you can reuse it over and over again.
• Spray: It's the perfect way to keep your shoots moist, but not too wet.
Step Two: Pre-Germination
• 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 cloth and leave the seeds to soak for 10 hours.
• After 10 hours, drain the water and repeat the same soaking process.
• Check that the seeds have germinated 30 to 50mm.
Step 3: Preparing the tray
• Use paper towels to cover the bottom of the plastic tray.
• Fill the tray with a combination of moistened organic oil ½ and light compost up to 4cm from the depth of the tray.
Fourth step: Planting
• Arrange the seeds evenly on the plastic tray.
• Gently press the seeds into the ground.
• Place the seed tray in a place with indirect light and good ventilation.
Step 5: Take care of your plants
• Place a piece of slightly damp newspaper on the seeds until they reach about 3cm.
• Water the new shoots twice a day with a spray bottle until the shoots reach 3cm.
Step 6: Harvest
Your wheat grass should reach 15cm by day 9 or 10. By that time it will be ready for harvest!
Avoid any mold that may have developed by cutting over the area where the mold begins. Use clean, sharp scissors to harvest your wheat grass. A 50*25cm tray will produce enough grass for 350ml of wheatgrass juice.
You can start watering again for a second and third harvest. Note: The shoots will not be as soft 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 mould. Although mould is harmless, it can quickly drip off you.
Here are some steps you can take to prevent mold from becoming a problem.
• Let the seeds soak for a longer period of time, 12 hours work well. The seeds will develop more and have a better germination and a much shorter germination time.
• When you place your seeds on the tray, be especially careful to leave a space 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 collecting tray without holes under the wheatgrass tray. Make sure there is water in this collection tray and spray only lightly on the top of the shoots.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF WHEATGRASS JUICE
Here's just one amazing statistic to start with: 50ml of wheatgrass juice has the nutritional equivalence of 2kg of raw organic vegetables!!
What's in the wheat grass?
Wheatgrass contains the following elements :
magnesium and calcium
vitamins A, C, E
Now here are some benefits of wheatgrass supported by science.
Alkalization and nutrient absorption
Wheatgrass helps the body to reach and maintain an alkaline state that promotes well-being and keeps diseases at bay. Cancer and other diseases are known to thrive in an acidic environment. In addition, wheatgrass helps the body absorb essential nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin E and electrolytes.
It is mainly the presence of chlorophyll that gives wheatgrass its ability to promote an alkaline environment. It balances the pH of the body and protects the cells. This is why the consumption of chlorophyll is associated with a number of anti-aging effects such as good weight management and healthy skin.
Reduces free radical damage
The powerful antioxidants in wheatgrass reduce the risk of free radical and oxidation damage. According to research, wheatgrass has a higher ORAC (antioxidant score) than many other natural extracts or vegetables.
Wheatgrass prevents oxidative damage to the liver and protects the mitochondria in the cells. The result is reduced inflammation and a decreased risk of diseases, including cancer, heart disease and liver disease.
Protects against cancer
Scientists at the Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care Unit in Israel have discovered that wheatgrass has a place in the holistic treatment of cancer and can benefit overall immune function. Studies have even shown that wheatgrass can promote apoptosis (the destruction of cancer cells). In addition, wheatgrass can also help reduce the side effects of chemotherapy, such as fatigue and malabsorption.
Other notable health benefits of wheatgrass juice :
• regulates blood sugar levels.
• can help you sleep.
• can help heal wounds.
• prevents harmful bacteria from coming into contact with wheatgrass.
• can renew and replenish tissue.
• removes toxins from the body.
• contains thirteen essential vitamins and minerals.
• oxygenates the body.
• rebuilds the blood.
• improves digestion.
• improves night vision.
• promotes a healthy metabolism.
HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR WHEATGRASS JUICE?
First and foremost, it is important to use the right type of machine if you are going to make wheatgrass juice. Juicers that grind wheatgrass will damage it. You will need a manual juice extractor that will preserve all the benefits of the grass.
To make wheatgrass juice :
1. Harvest and wash about 50g of wheatgrass to obtain a small glass of about 5cl (a shot of grass juice what!).
2. Chop the grass into small pieces.
3. Pass the grass through the juice extractor and drink the juice immediately to preserve all the nutrients.
Here are some natural remedies based on herbal juices, well, I can't guarantee that it all works, but you can always try :
• If you have a sore throat, gargle with wheatgrass juice.
• Soak a cotton sock in wheatgrass juice and apply it to painful areas due to arthritis. Cover the area with a bag and leave the juice on for about an hour.
• Eliminate dandruff by rubbing your scalp with wheatgrass juice and covering it with a shower cap. Let the juice stand for about 20 minutes and rinse.
• Use wheatgrass juice as a natural deodorant.
• Help a minor wound heal by putting wheatgrass juice on it.
Banana and berry breakfast mix
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
240g of spinach
240ml of coconut milk
80g raspberries (fresh or frozen)
30ml wheatgrass juice
some fresh coriander leaves (remove the stems)
½ big lawyer
30ml wheatgrass juice
2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
60ml of olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cumin