Despite my mungbean munching ways, until recently I had never had wheatgrass unadulterated. occasionally I’ve had it mixed in to a green smoothie but never on its own. So when Rainforest Foods sent me some of their organic wheatgrass powder to try I was up for a new superfood adventure.
My diet is pretty healthy with copious amounts of fruit and vegetables so why do I bother with added “superfoods”? Studies have shown that produce does not contain as much nutrients as it used to due to soil depletion from modern intensive farming practices. Also living in a big polluted city like London (love you London but you stink), our bodies need extra resources to filter the extra toxins. Our body design has not had an upgrade for hundred of thousands of years and if you think of how much more we are exposed to on a daily basis…….microwaves, cleaning products, synthetic materials, plastics, perfumes, wifi signals, phones, car fumes, power lines etc etc etc. So basically I like the natural health boost superfoods give.
Rainforest Foods are certified by the Soil Association with all products made from organic or wild crafted ingredients that have been ethically sourced – my two priorities when buying ‘superfoods’. They also contain no binders or additives and are suitable for vegans. All killer no filler.
WOW LOOK HOW GREEN THE POWDER IS!!!! When you buy wheatgrass or any green ‘superfood’ powders, check the colour. The brighter the better as this shows minimal oxidation, which means maximum nutrients have been retained. However be sure to check the label that no additives are there to enhance the colour.
That amazing green colours comes from chlorophyll, one of the many antioxidants that wheatgrass is bursting with. The green stuff is a powerhouse of nutrition including high levels of vitamins A, C and E, calcium, iron and magnesium. It also contains all the essential amino acids that the body can’t produce itself. Though wheatgrass is grown from wheat seeds, it is gluten-free because it is produced from the young plant before the wheat grain and gluten develops. It goes without saying that if you have gluten issues you should triple check with the manufacturer and everyone should get medical advice before adding to their diets.
There are a mountain of claims about wheatgrass’ superpowers from reversing grey hair to fertility and its use in cancer treatment. Without detailed study I’m wary of such claims. What research does show is that wheatgrass is a complete food nutritionally and can aid digestion, balance blood sugar, stimulate the thyroid gland, reduce inflammation and aid liver cleansing.
OK so let’s talk about the taste. I love green smoothies and green juice and even for me the taste of wheatgrass was intense to begin with (….others might use the word “yuck” :). The first few times it was a case of holding my nose and downing it but after about a week I had honestly got used to the taste and I actually really like it now – think concentrated grass with a slightly sweet maltiness. Wheatgrass has been shown to have powerful detoxifying effects on the liver and colon which is great for overall health but you need to go easy when you first start using it. As the instructions state, I started with half a teaspoon a day and built up to a heaped teaspoon.
Apart from adding wheatgrass to water and juice, I like to mix it with coconut water (tip: this works a treat to if you’ve over indulged in a beverage or two). I’ve also been playing to see how else I can incorporate the wheatgrass in to my recipes and will be sharing the recipes for the concoctions below in forthcoming posts:
Rainforest Foods wheatgrass powder, 200g, £12.99 rainforestfoods.co.uk
Do you have wheatgrass? How do you get on with it?