Wheat grass is a highly nutrient dense grass. High in B vitamins, vitamin A and vitamin E, trace minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and zinc. It contains 8 essential amino acids, phenylalanine, valine, threonine, isoleucine, methionine, leucine and lysine.
Why The Juice?
One thing to note about wheat grass is this – the very strong cell walls found within wheatgrass are indigestible to humans. Ever wonder why cows chew grass over and over before swallowing, and then use four stomachs to digest it? The cell wall is why. This means if you were to just take some wheatgrass and chew on it, you may get a few of the multitude of nutrients it contains, but really most of it would just go straight through you. This is where juicing comes in.
When you juice wheatgrass, you remove the cell wall and pull out all of the nutrients in a form that you can absorb quickly and easily. The only problem: Wheatgrass can taste like lawn clippings. Some enjoy the taste, some find it very strong and unpleasant. If you are someone who finds wheatgrass juice to be too much to take on its own, but want to experience all of its awesome benefits, then this smoothie is for you!
You can use fresh or frozen wheatgrass juice in the recipe, or a wheatgrass juice powder. If you choose to use a powder, do make sure it is powdered juice and not just ground up dried wheatgrass. Even if it is blended, those cell walls will still be present and will inhibit your ability to absorb the nutrients.
- 1/2 scoop wheat grass powder, or 1 oz juice
- 2 cups fresh or frozen pineapple
- 1 frozen banana
- 1-2 cups coconut water
- 1 tsp spirulina (optional)
Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend and Enjoy!