Learn the simple and easy way to make powdered wheatgrass at home.
If there’s one thing that’s been growing in popularity in recent years, it’s the demand for food products that enhance health and wellness.
According to the Hartman Group, consumers who focus on health and wellness have a disproportionate amount of influence on the market. This is clear in the growing demand for healthier food and beverages all over the world.
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Food is important to any activity, but most notably exercise. Previously, we wrote about ‘Early Morning Pre-Workout Breakfast Ideas’, with tips for delicious and nutritious breakfast foods that can carry you through your workout and the rest of the day.
Healthy eating and healthy living isn’t something that has to be expensive and inaccessible— you can easily build a healthier lifestyle at home, as long as you have the right information and resources.
Consumers aren’t just looking for healthier options— they’re looking for the healthiest option. And often the healthiest option is what we call superfoods. Superfoods are foods that are naturally nutrient-dense, providing a host of nutritional benefits in one go.
While you’ve definitely heard of options like kale, acai, and even salmon, there are many other superfoods that can bring more to the table. One of these is, of course, wheatgrass.
What Wheatgrass Can Do
First off, what is wheatgrass? It is freshly sprouted grass from the Triticum aestivum plant, also known as the common wheat plant. While mature, dried wheat grain is used for tons of different food like bread, wheatgrass is the plant at one of its youngest stages.
Medical News Today has reported on several studies that examined the benefits of wheatgrass. Wheatgrass is a low calorie food that is nonetheless filled to the brim with vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes.
It’s an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and can be used to fight infections and treat gastrointestinal distress.
Some studies have even indicated that it can be used to prevent and fight cancer, which is a pretty big deal for such a simple looking plant.
Preparing Wheatgrass At Home
Probably the best way to take wheatgrass is to consume it in powdered form. It can be mixed into a juice or added into food as a supplement. And because it’s made from the common wheat plant, it’s pretty easy to cultivate at home too.
If you’re interested in making your own, try the steps below:
- Cut your wheat plant to about four inches above the root.
- Take the stalks and spread them out on a flat baking sheet or pan. Make sure that they’re spread as evenly as possible to prevent spots where moisture can build up.
- Airdry until it’s dry and brittle. This can take a few days. You can also opt to place it in the oven on very low heat for a couple of hours until you achieve the same result.
- Put your dried wheatgrass into a food processor or blender and pulse until it becomes a very fine powder.
- Store in a clean, dry container and add as needed to juices, smoothies, or meals.
While making wheatgrass at home is free and easy, prepping your wheatgrass can take a while. Another, faster option is to of course buy ready-made wheatgrass powder or capsules.
Purchasing wheatgrass powder might even be better for you in the long run, as Brightcore recommends that wheatgrass should be cold dried in order to preserve important enzymes and nutrients.
Whatever the method, wheatgrass is a great, low calorie option for adding a little boost to your daily diet. Easy to grow, easy to make, and easy to add into meals.
It’s one of the most convenient superfoods around, and should definitely be a part of your pantry.