Wheatgrass Green Smoothie Recipes, Nutrition and Health Benefits

WheatgrassWheatgrass first made it into stores in North America in the early 1940’s. It has been popularized as a health food as well as a medicinal supplement.

Wheatgrass tastes similar to spinach or other dark leafy greens, which has helped its popularity in juice and smoothie bars. It is gluten-free, as it contains no actual wheat.

Wheatgrass can be found in health food stores, standard grocery stores, and even pet food stores, where it is marketed as “cat grass”.

Wheatgrass Nutrition and Health Benefits

Wheatgrass is high in antioxidants and nutrients. It contains iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin A (as beta-carotene), vitamin C and vitamin E.

Wheatgrass is considered a “medicinal superfood”, and there are many proposed health benefits with regular consumption. In fact, the list of health conditions it supposedly treats is lengthy and includes anemia, diabetes, tooth decay, high blood pressure, digestion problems, high cholesterol, bladder infections, kidney stones, common colds, bronchitis, fever, sore throat, gout, wound healing, liver disorders, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, skin conditions, and even cancer.

However, there isn’t really any conclusive scientific evidence that wheatgrass itself is more effective at treating any of these conditions than a placebo. In fact, all of the benefits of wheatgrass can be obtained from any other dark, leafy green – and especially a daily green smoothie habit.

Now that doesn’t mean that wheatgrass is a waste of money. I like the flavor, and it can be yet another ingredient to fortify your green smoothies with.

How To Use Wheatgrass In A Green Smoothie

Wheatgrass has a distinctive flavor that some people either love or hate. I’m one who loves it.

I recommend using either freshly extracted wheatgrass juice (use a dedicated wheatgrass juicer) or a powdered supplement (like Amazing Grass brand) that you can pour into a green smoothie. If you use the juice, add just a little bit. Start with 1/2 shot, and work your way up to one or two. However, don’t dump 6-8 ounces of wheatgrass juice in your blender unless you want a vile flavor surprise in your smoothie!

Since the cellulose in grass is exceptionally tough, you will not be able to extract the nutrients effectively by blending whole wheatgrass in even a high-end blender. The tough fibers may even cause digestive difficulties.

Wheatgrass Green Smoothie Recipes

Pineapple-Wheatgrass Green Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup green grapes
  • 1/2 shot of wheatgrass or 1/2 packet of powdered wheatgrass
  • 1/2 peach, pitted
  • 1/2 cup pineapple, cubed
  • 4 ounces of filtered water

Calories: 125 | Fat: 1g (grams) | Protein:5g | Carbs: 32g | Calcium: 2% | Iron: .7mg | Vitamin A: 9% | Vitamin C: 147%

Pear-Wheatgrass Smoothie

  • 1/2 shot of wheatgrass or 1/2 packet of powdered wheatgrass
  • 2 medium pears
  • 4 ounces filtered water

Calories: 204 | Fat: 1g (grams) | Protein: 5g | Carbs: 55g | Calcium: 3% | Iron: .6mg | Vitamin A: 7% | Vitamin C: 105%

How To Select Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass has a growing cycle of seven to fourteen days. As such, it can be found year round in stores, or you can grow it yourself. If you are purchasing wheatgrass raw, do not purchase or consumme wheatgrass that has turned yellow.

Raw wheatgrass can be stored in a container in the refrigerator for approximately seven to eight days. However, it’s at its best when you can harvest it right on your kitchen windowsill, and then juice it immediately.

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Tracy Russell is the creator of RESET 28: A 28-Day Program For Energy, Weight Loss & A Healthy Glow, and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She has been helping people take control of their health and well being with green smoothies, a whole foods diet, and fitness since 2009.