Wheatgrass Juice Powder - Not Your Average Green Juice

Wheatgrass Juice Powder - Not Your Average Green Juice

Who doesn’t like a good, strong shot to get you going? But we’re not talking about that type of shot. One of the last crazes in just about any health food store or juice bar, wheatgrass shots are popping up pretty much everywhere. But why the sudden buzz?

Wheatgrass is pretty intense — it has a strong, earthy, and grassy taste that can sometimes be hard to handle. Whether you prefer it eaten on its own, juiced into a shot form (the most common), or ground up into powder, any way you prefer, you’ll reap (mostly) all the same benefits.

Of course, consuming any food in its most natural state is preferable, but what about those times where it’s just not available? Cue: wheatgrass juice powder.

Wheatgrass powder and wheatgrass juice powder — aren’t they the same thing?

You’ve probably seen containers of wheatgrass powder at your local health food store, but what about wheatgrass juice powder. You might think they’re the same thing, but they aren’t, and their differences can be quite significant.

Wheatgrass powder is made from the entire edible (and viable) portions of the plant that are ground and then dehydrated into a powdered form.

Wheatgrass juice powder undergoes the same process, but a second filtering is done to remove all of the fibrous, pulpy parts and plant material to produce just the juice, which is then dehydrated into a powder.1

So why does this second process make such a difference? While removing the fibrous, pulpy components means that wheatgrass juice powder has less fibre, it also means that the nutrient concentration is that much more concentrated.

Typically, wheatgrass juice powder will have more vitamin A and E, more than ten times the amount of calcium, almost double the iron, up to four times as much chlorophyll, and up to forty-two times as much superoxide dismutase (SOD) – one of the most potent and important antioxidants in the body.1

So despite such a small difference in the names, the nutritional content of them differs quite notably.

Here are 14 reasons why you should be adding wheatgrass juice powder to your daily routine: 2, 3, 4, 5

1. It’s one of the best sources of chlorophyll around. Chlorophyll works as a blood cleanser/purifier and blood builder.
    2. It contains an abundance vitamins and minerals. Some of these include chlorophyll, antioxidants (flavonoids, phenolic acid), iron, electrolytes (magnesium, calcium), amino acids, vitamin A, C, and E, and selenium
      3. Is a source of plant based protein. By weight, wheatgrass is 25-35% protein, and contains all the essential amino acids needed to build proteins — the main building blocks of our bodies.
        4. Alkalizes the body. Chlorophyll, one of the main components of wheatgrass, helps with balancing pH levels of the body and protecting cells.
          5. Lowers free radical damage. Free radical damage is one of the biggest contributors to aging and cancer formation. Wheatgrass contains a number of antioxidant compounds including flavonoids, phenolic compounds, sulfonic acid, tannins, and alkaloids, that help protect cells and prevent damage from free radicals.
            6. Boosts the immune system. Wheatgrass helps to regulate immunological activity and fights oxidative stress that can contribute to cell mutations. It also helps to increase the amount of red and white blood cells in circulation, and has anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties.
              7. Helps lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Wheatgrass has been shown to beneficial for the heart and blood vessels and effective in treating hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol and triglyceride levels), and reducing inflammation and oxidative stress.
                8. Promotes anti-aging. Chlorophyll and superoxide-dismutase help to scavenge free radicals and prevent cell damage, slowing down the aging process. Wheatgrass also helps to enhance skin elasticity, making skin look more brighter and more youthful.
                  9. Improves digestion. Wheatgrass contains several alkaline minerals that provide digestive relief. Additionally, it also helps to balance gut bacteria to keep the digestive tract healthy and eliminate overgrowth of harmful bacteria.
                    10. Promotes weight loss. Selenium, an important mineral found in wheatgrass, helps to stimulate the thyroid — one of the master glands of the body that plays a role in boosting metabolism and weight management.
                      11. Cleanses and detoxifies the body. Wheatgrass contains many minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes that help to reduce inflammation, improve cell strength, detoxify the blood and liver, cleanse the colon, and protect organs from harmful carcinogens.
                        12. Helps to control blood sugar. Wheatgrass contains certain enzymes that may help to lower blood sugar levels.
                          13. Contains a high oxygen content. What do all of our cells need to function optimally? That’s right, oxygen.
                            14. Great for bowel health. The high magnesium content in wheatgrass helps to keep the muscles of the colon relaxed and prevent constipation.

                              Wheat Grass Juice Powder Smoothie with Lemon

                              Wheatgrass juice powder is much more than simply another ‘greens powder.’ But if the idea of mixing it with a little water and knocking it back doesn’t appeal to you, don’t worry. Here are a few ways you can incorporate it into your diet without feel like your drinking grass.

                              Try it in a smoothie

                              Wheatgrass Mint-Chocolate Chip Smoothie 6

                              Ingredients:

                              • 1 1/2 cups non-dairy milk (almond, coconut, cashew — whatever you prefer)
                              • 1 cup spinach (fresh or frozen)
                              • 1 banana, frozen and cut into chunks
                              • 1 tsp. wheatgrass juice powder (or more)
                              • 1/2 avocado
                              • 2 handfuls mint leaves
                              • 1 tbsp. cacao nibs
                              • To serve: coconut whipped cream (optional), extra cacao nibs

                              How to:

                              1. Put all ingredients except cacao nibs in a blender. Blend until smooth.
                              2. Add cacao nibs and pulse a few times. Transfer smoothie into a glass.
                              3. Serve with coconut whipped cream, and sprinkle more cacao nibs.

                              Supercharge your salads

                              Wheatgrass Lime & Cilantro Dressing 6

                              Ingredients:

                              • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro, stems removed, chopped roughly
                              • 1/2 avocado
                              • 1 tsp. wheatgrass juice powder
                              • 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice (about 1/2 lime), more to taste
                              • 1 garlic clove
                              • 1/4 cup olive oil
                              • 1 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
                              • 1/8 tsp. sea salt
                              • 1/8 tsp. ground cumin

                              How to:

                              1. Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
                              2. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
                              3. Store in refrigerator.

                              Pump up your ice cream

                              Vegan Wheatgrass Avocado & Pistachio Ice Cream 7

                              Ingredients:

                              • 2 ripe avocados
                              • 1/4 cup pistachios
                              • 3 tbsp. rice malt syrup (or other liquid sweetener of choice)
                              • 1 tbsp. wheatgrass juice powder
                              • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

                              How to:

                              1. Put all ingredients into a food processor and blend until creamy.
                              2. Transfer into freezer-friendly container and freeze for 3-4 hours.

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