Get Your Daily Dose! Wheatgrass

Ingredient Spotlight

While this may look like a patch from your front lawn, wheatgrass is really so much more. Just a few ounces thrown into your morning smoothie provides your daily dose of many vitamins and nutrients. Plus, a pot of these green shoots sitting on your window sill is sure to cheer up any dark day. Do you like wheatgrass?

Wheatgrass is the very young shoots of sprouted wheat berries. Once it's at least a few inches tall, the grass can be snipped close to the seed and eaten. Wheatgrass is normally juiced and consumed as is or added to smoothies. The whole grass can be tough for our bodies to digest.

People claim that wheatgrass can help with everything from diabetes to hair loss, though few studies have been carried out to support these theories. What's definitely true is that these shoots are rich with nutrients, including iron, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, chlorophyll, and vitamins A, C and E (according to The Mayo Clinic). If nothing else, the nutritional value of wheatgrass makes it worth looking into.

As far as I can tell, the biggest problem with wheatgrass is really the taste. At best, it can be described as distinctly "grassy." If you're making your own juice blends or smoothies, try blending the wheatgrass juice with other flavorful ingredients, like pineapple, ginger, carrots, and mint.

Do you use a lot of wheatgrass? Any recommendations for how to add it to your diet?

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