Greeting gang! I’m glad everyone enjoyed my Strawberry Hummus post! I really like the combination: hummus but with a sweet summery twist. Yumm.
For the last week I’ve been embarking on a wheatgrass journey: sprouting hard red wheat berries, buying a seed plate, turning the floor of my living room into a little grass garden, and scaring the neighbors with two minute vitamix sessions– and now it’s time to share this with you.
Wheatgrass is amazing for you, if you haven’t already heard. But if you’ve stopped by a juice bar and seen that a shot of wheatgrass juice is about $3.00, you’ve probably thought, “Hmm. Maybe just a salad later.“
But I wanted to include this miracle grass in my diet consistently, and because I don’t have the money to buy it, I decided to grow it myself. TEN TIMES EASIER than I thought it be. Here’s the How To:
1. Buy Red Hard Wheatberries. Not white or soft. I got mine in the whole foods bulk bin. They’re online too!
And super cheap–about $2/lb!
2. Sprout them. I don’t have a picture of this. But it’s not too hard. Soak about 2 cups of wheatberries in a bowl over night covered by paper towel. In the morning, drain and rinse and leave in a mesh strainer, spread out over the strainer to drain liquid. Rinse every 8-12 hours for about a day and a half, or until centimeter sprouts appear.
3. Rinse one more time then spread wheatberries into a shallow container OVER organic soil. The sprouts need in environment about 70degrees and out of direct sun. Place a dish towel over the container to keep in darkness.
4. Water about twice a day–keep moist. I used a spray bottle as to not waterlog the seeds. Here’s my pic after 3 days:
And after 5:
4. On day 4 I took the towel off, keep watering twice a day.
5. You can cut and harvest the grass when it’s 6-10 inches tall. Cut as close to the seed as you can, don’t include the seed. Don’t de-route the seed either, you should get one more batch out of these seeds.
6. This is my grass post-cutting. Again it will grown one more time. And then you’ll have to start over.
7. Cut grass and juice it! I don’t have a juicer… so I used my vitamix on HIGH with about 1/2 cup water and then strained it through mesh container.
8. Try to keep your vitamix/blender from getting too hot. Over 105 degrees and you’re going to start loosing some enzymes and nutrients. Freeze quickly too. sitting out and being flushed with air looses nutrients.
If you have small containers to freeze in, power to you. I plan on dropping mine on the floor whenever I need some. You can also cut the grass as needed. But I find this easier.
It’s a PROCESS. But not time consuming. If you have time to water plants before work and again before bed, you’re in business. And if you have 30 minutes on a Sunday to juice (and strain)–Your’e drinking wheatgrass.
Okay. But WHY? Plenty of reasons why:
- Increase red blood cell count
- lowers blood pressure
- cleanses blood because the chemical makeup is similar to our own hemoglobin
- stimulates metabolism
- stimulates thyroid gland
- restores alkalinity in the body
- lessens effects of radiation
- powerful detoxifier, protection liver and blood
- protect from carcinogens better than any other food
- delivers mass amount of oxygen to blood (cancer hates oxygen)
- the raw enzymes are extremely good for your body
- better sleep
- better digestion
- good for fertility
- increased energy
- prevents greying hair
- youth surge!
I hope this was helpful and inspiring. For me, it’s a great way to kick off my week–feeling refreshed, powerful, and doing great things for my body.
What are you doing this Monday to ensure a healthy and productive start to your week? Making recipes, being sure to wake up and exercise, making a quick amends after an argument, holding open a door for someone to start off the week with good karma, or just waking up in a really good mood…?
Did I mention wheatgrass makes you feel like a hippie?