If you are new to the health food game, you are probably confused by wheatgrass. Why on earth would anyone make a wheatgrass smoothie, right? Not only does wheatgrass not taste very good, but it is definitely not the first ingredient that comes to mind when thinking of a healthy recipe.
What you may not know is that wheatgrass is incredibly rich in nutrients. Wheatgrass will add antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, chlorophyll, and a whole host of vitamins to your smoothie. Wheatgrass can also work to neutralize acid, thereby purifying your blood and sharply boosting your overall immunity.
Another great aspect of wheatgrass is that it comes loaded with protein. Approximately 85% of wheatgrass is protein. In this day and age, the “animal protein” myth is steadily being debunked, and wheatgrass is an excellent source of healthy plant-based protein.
Is Wheatgrass Gross? How Do I Add Wheatgrass to a Smoothie?
I have already said that wheatgrass does not have the best flavor. In fact, it has a weird fuzzy taste to it. But by mixing the right ingredients you can create a genuinely delicious smoothie that masks the weird taste of the wheatgrass by using berries, melons, and all kinds of other flavorful ingredients.
Today we will look at two delicious wheatgrass smoothie recipes that you will definitely fall in love with. These green wheatgrass smoothies are an excellent way to start your day off right with a quick boost of energy and vitamins in the morning.
The Spinach & Blueberries Wheatgrass Smoothie
This is one of those smoothies you can never get sick of no matter how often you drink it. Between the blueberries and spinach, the wheatgrass, and banana, you are getting a full serving of just about everything your body needs to stay healthy. And that is what smoothies are all about.
Let’s take a look at making the smoothie, then we will talk about each individual ingredients’ benefits to your health.
- 1 Apple
- 1 Cup of Blueberries
- 1 Banana
- 1 Tablespoon of Wheatgrass Powder
- 1 Cup of Fresh Spinach
All you need to complete this smoothie is to mix all the ingredients together in a blender until they have reached a smooth, green texture. Then serve chilled with light ice cubes.
It is important to note that the blueberries may be substituted for any other berry, like mixed berries or even strawberries. You may also exchange the spinach for a different leafy green.
The Health Benefits of Wheatgrass
The health benefits of drinking a wheatgrass smoothie every day are outstanding. Wheatgrass itself can be used to treat all kinds of nasty diseases, such as eczema and psoriasis. Wheatgrass is great for maintaining healthy skin. And while there is scant clinical evidence, many people agree that wheatgrass has awesome health benefits for the entire body.
Wheatgrass is also great for boosting your immune system. It used to only be orange juice that was the go-to immune fixer, but now people are flocking to wheatgrass to get their daily fix immune-boosting vitamins and minerals.
A final benefit of putting wheatgrass in your smoothie is that because of wheatgrass’s high alkaline content and a plethora of nutrients, it can be used for detoxing. If you want to flush your system, definitely start drinking wheatgrass smoothies.
Other Nutritional Benefits
Blueberries also have incredible health benefits. Many people believe that blueberries have positive effects on cognitive traits, like memory and thinking. Blueberries also keep your eyes healthy and are one of the best foods for fending off cancer. It is always a good idea to add at least a few blueberries to your smoothie.
Spinach is another one of those vegetables that has all kinds of healing properties and should be added to most green smoothies. While you can replace spinach with other leafy greens, such as kale, nothing quite hits the spot like a good serving of spinach.
Spinach is full of iron, magnesium, vitamin A comma manganese, and vitamin K. Vitamin K is an essential vitamin for keeping your bones healthy. Forget milk, put lots of spinach in your smoothies! Spinach also has a lot of antioxidants. Plus, the anti-inflammatory elements in spinach work to heal acne and other similar afflictions.
Orange Wheatgrass Health Smoothie
This is another great wheatgrass smoothie. By mixing almond milk with bananas and oranges, you effectively remove the raw flavor of the wheatgrass and are left with a creamy smoothie that tastes delicious and a little sweet.
This smoothie offers great doses of vitamin C, folate, manganese, vitamin A, antioxidants, and so much more. In fact, I personally think it tastes a little like a non-alcoholic pina colada if you replace the almond milk for pineapple juice.
- ¼ Cup of Coconut Water
- ½ Cup of Almond Milk or Pineapple Juice
- ¼ Cup of Wheatgrass
- 1 Orange
- ½ Frozen Banana
- ½ Cup of Ice
Place all your ingredients into the blender in order from top to bottom, ending with the ice on top. Next, blend your smoothie for between 30 and 60 seconds. This will create the perfect texture for a ready-to-drink wheatgrass smoothie.
Be sure to enjoy this exact smoothie every day to really feel its benefits. It’s like the old expression, ‘A wheatgrass smoothie a day keeps the doctor away.’
Wheatgrass Smoothie: Final Thoughts
As a final note, always make sure you have a quality blender to make your wheatgrass smoothie. If you use a cheap blender, you may find yourself with chunks of spinach leftover in your drink. There is nothing worse than pieces of a leaf on your tongue when drinking a smoothie.
By choosing a high-quality blender, you will rest assured knowing that no matter how fickle the ingredients to your wheatgrass smoothie are, they will always be blended to perfection. You cannot live a healthy lifestyle without the right healthy equipment.
Lastly, enjoy your new recipes and have fun.