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Breakfast Wheatgrass Juice Shots

Ah, wheatgrass juice, my old friend… we meet again. =D 

My husband and I love to watch food documentaries and tv shows about food and culture. Our areas of interest within the topic of “food” vary pretty dramatically though. One theme we both really enjoy though is travel and sampling of local foods from different regions. I think we’ve both got a bit of wanderlust, or maybe just some nomadic tendencies. 

We recently watched a show covering the immense variety of different food offerings available in Los Angeles. The host tried high end dining, fast food, and even made a stop in to see “Mr. Wisdom” out there. He’s a Hare Krishna practitioner who offers vegan food, wheatgrass shots from grasses that he grows himself, and rejuvelac. My husband knows of my fondness for wheatgrass juice and my dislike of rejuvelac, so I think this part piqued his curiosity. 

I do occasionally grow wheatgrass, but not too frequently. It’s hard to keep the cats from eating all of it, and we have three of them now! Whenever we make a pilgrimage out to our semi-local Whole Foods, I usually like to pick up some of the locally grown wheatgrass so I can juice it at home. I hadn’t intended to pick any up this time, but he actually said he might like to give it a try! So, of course, I enthusiastically picked up the big bag. =P

This morning, before work, I juiced a shot for myself and a half shot for him since he’s never tried it before. The Hippocrates Institute recommends 2 ounces of wheatgrass juice twice a day for health and healing. Because it stimulates the liver to rapidly cleanse and detox the body, it is best to start with small amounts and work up to the recommended amount.

I remember the first time I tried it, I somewhat arrogantly thought that because I ate a healthy and healing diet already that I could jump right in with a larger amount. I had a shot and a half and I felt like I was going to throw up within an hour of drinking it. It’s really potent! I have no problem with this amount now. 🙂

The Hippocrates Institute recommends drinking it undiluted on an empty stomach, but I just can’t handle the flavor straight, so I drink it with fresh organic apple and/or cucumber juice. My husband saw the shots out while I was still juicing the apples this morning and asked, “So, this is what I’m supposed to drink?” I told him he could wait for the apple juice, but he just picked it up and shot it, seemingly unbothered. I suppose I should have expected that from a guy who drinks strong black coffee without batting an eyelash. Meanwhile, my “supertaster” taste buds make me want to gag if I try to drink it straight. 

Health Benefits of Wheatgrass Juice

Why is this such a healthy habit to get into? According to the Hippocrates Institute, wheatgrass contains:

  • twice as much vitamin A as carrots
  • more vitamin C than citrus
  • the full spectrum of B vitamins
  • calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, and phosphorus in balanced ratios
  • all of the essential amino acids, making it a complete protein
  • 20% of calories from protein
  • enzymes that protect us from carcinogens and help the body to remove toxic metals

Here are some other health benefits (source: http://www.organicauthority.com/health/15-uses-for-wheatgrass-juice.html):

  • stimulates circulation
  • improves digestion
  • treats arthritis by means of the chlorophyll reducing inflammation
  • increases oxygen supply to bodily tissues, which facilitates cellular regeneration
  • helps the liver to detoxify the body more efficiently
  • stabilizes blood sugar
  • improves complexion through cellular regeneration – in addition to drinking it, you can put it directly on your skin to heal sunburns faster, treat discoloration, and heal wounds faster
  • helps to prevent cancer by cleansing and oxygenating the blood
  • improves immune function

Additional Wheatgrass Resources

Bottoms up! =D

Raw Food Level 1: Day 14

raw vegan portobello sliders

Day 14 of Raw Food Level 1 at Matthew Kenney Academy is completed! Today, we checked in on our wheatgrass, dehydrated our nut cheeses to put a rind on them (not pictured), put together some last minute toppings and sauces for our sliders before plating and eating them, made sprouted buckwheat granola, made Bahian soup, and started planning for our final projects! It was a super busy, and very delicious day. I think this might be my favorite day of eating so far!

Here is my still growing and freshly harvested wheatgrass! I can’t believe I grew it myself, and it was so easy to do! All I did was soak the wheat berries overnight and then start the sprouting process. As soon as they had little tails, I sandwiched them between a layer of potting mix (to let them breathe without getting overly saturated) with a little organic fertilizer and garden lime mixed in. You don’t even need any fancy equipment for this. I did it in cheap-o aluminum lasagna pans that I found at the grocery store for about $1 each. Poke some holes in the bottom for drainage and lightly water daily, and you’re good to go!

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I ran my wheatgrass through the juicer and decided to have a little fun, so I made a “wheatgrass bomb” with a juice base of apple, pear, cucumber, and lime. It was amazing. Maybe it tasted better because I grew the wheatgrass myself and had a deep appreciation for the work that went into it, or maybe the flavor of my homegrown wheatgrass actually was better than the stuff I’d been buying at Whole Foods. Hmmm…

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After marinading some portobello mushroom medallions (thanks, ring mold!), some blending to make a few sauces (smokey tomato based “BBQ” and a creamy basil ranch), and a few toppings (salsa and shallot/spinach/thyme), we had free reign to mix and match whatever we wanted on our sliders. It was time to take out that “swiss cheese” that was completed a few days ago too.

I put a bed of red lettuce on all of my sliders to act as a moisture barrier. After that, this is what went on each of them (besides the marinaded portobello):

  • swiss cheese, bbq sauce, kimchi (homemade!), caramelized onions
  • yogurt, tomato, pickle (homemade!), shallot mix (this one was my favorite)
  • swiss cheese, ranch, salsa

I can’t believe I made every single thing on this plate from scratch. I feel so accomplished. My poor husband did not get to eat any of it. I devoured it at lunch time. 😉

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We also started a batch of sprouted buckwheat granola, which will be going into a yogurt parfait tomorrow. We were given a base recipe and technique and told that we could alter it however we liked. I love assignments where I can take a creative license. I made a tropical granola with pineapple, coconut, lime, and cinnamon. There are some apple bits in there too for a little extra sweetness.

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The last recipe of the day was a Brazilian-inspired “Bahian soup”. It’s a chunky soup that is traditionally made with seafood and the texture is a result of cooking the mixture down. In the raw food world, we mimic these textures and flavors with creative blending and ingredient mixing techniques. This soup was delicious. I love that it had a hit of spice up front, and then the flavors of tomato, coconut, and lime all came in to mingle playfully together afterward. the chunkiness of the tomato, the creamy texture of the soup itself, and the pieces of avocado all blended together to make a great texture as well.

My day ended with a delicious bowl of this soup and the beginning stages of planning my final project, which is to plan a full three course raw vegan meal! The meal I am working on takes its inspiration from Arabic, Greek, Indian, and Italian dishes. It should be a lot of fun!

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Herbal Wheatgrass Juice for Beginners

Green juice blend with wheat grass

Wheatgrass juice is a very potent medicinal food. It reduces blood pressure, cleanses the blood, alkalizes the body, stimulates the thyroid, detoxes the liver, helps to protect us from carcinogens and environmental pollutants, fights cancerous tumors, and slows the aging process. (Source: http://hippocratesinst.org/wheatgrass/benefits-of-wheatgrass).

As it is highly detoxifying, if you have never tried it before, you will have to start with a very small amount in a single sitting – no more than 1/2 a shot. If you are not used to it and you take too much, it will probably nauseate you, especially if you aren’t already following a healthful lifestyle. If you are a an old pro at wheatgrass juice guzzling, then you know how much you can add to this juice blend. 😉

True story: the few shot glasses I actually own are used most frequently for measuring my wheatgrass juice and sprouting avocado pits.

I am highly sensitive to gluten. I had read about the wondrous benefits of wheatgrass juice, but was afraid to try it until I was actually able to find some credible sources of information that could confirm or deny the existence of gluten in wheatgrass. The summary of what I learned is that the grass itself contains no gluten, as the gluten is in the seed. Wheatgrass is safe, provided that (1) it has been harvested in a manner that leaves no part of the seed attached to the grass; (2) it has not sprouted any new seeds; (3) there has been no cross-contamination in a facility which also processes the gluten-containing seeds. 

My local Whole Foods Market carries wheatgrass that is locally grown here in Florida, and I have not had any issues with it thus far. If you purchase it, look for one cut end at the base, and one pointed end, indicating that is the top of the grass blade. If there are two cut ends, it is impossible to know how tall the grass was and if it started to sprout new seeds.

It is actually very cheap and easy to sprout yourself at home (and easier to remove the cross-contamination problem)… unless you have a cat. Cats love wheatgrass and when I purchase it, my cat, Georgia, frequently gets some as a treat too. If I try to sprout anything inside, she will find it and eat it. 🙂

Anyway, if you would like to read more about wheatgrass and gluten, here are some links you can look at. Ultimately, if you are unsure, you should either not try it or try it in a very small amount to see how you react. 

  • http://hippocratesinst.org/nutrition/wheatgrass-is (#48)
  • http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/everydaymedicalissues/f/Are-Wheat-Grass-And-Barley-Grass-Gluten-Free.htm
  • http://livewell.jillianmichaels.com/can-wheat-grass-gluten-sensitive-4931.html
Cucumber and Herb Wheatgrass Juice
An herbal green juice blend that helps wheatgrass juice go down a lot easier.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cucumbers
  2. 1/4 lemon (no peel) - lime also works well
  3. large handful fresh mint
  4. large handful fresh basil
  5. 1/2 - 1&1/2 shots wheatgrass juice
Instructions
  1. Run cucumbers, lemon, mint, and basil through a juicer.
  2. If you have a juicer that is capable of extracting juice from wheatgrass, juice enough to acquire the desired amount. If this is your first time trying it, take only 1/2 a shot. If you are an old pro, try 1 whole shot or even 1.5 shots.
  3. Mix wheatgrass juice into green juice blend.
Notes
  1. Wheatgrass juice is highly detoxifying. If you drink too much at one time or more than your body is used to, it will nauseate you. It is very important to only take 1/2 a shot if you have never tried it before.
  2. Wheatgrass has a very earthy and slightly sweet flavor, but it is very strong. The cucumber juice helps to mellow it out a lot. I frequently enjoy wheatgrass, but I still can't drink it straight. I need the cucumber juice.
  3. If you buy wheatgrass, juice it fresh. If you let it sit in your refrigerator for too long, it will start to yellow and dry up, and you will not be able to extract as much juice from it.
  4. In order to extract juice from wheatgrass, you will need a single auger or slow juicer that is capable of performing the task (I have an Omega). There are also special wheatgrass juicers. A centrifugal juicer will not work for this.
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