Sunday, March 9, 2014

Wheatgrass - so easy to grow yourself!

How can I make wheatgrass on my own? I used to ask myself that question every time I bought a 'shot' for $2.50 at Whole Foods...

As you know, wheatgrass is a very healthy and popular drink in juice bars or sold as powdered supplements at health stores, but it can be rather expensive. 

I hope the easy instructions and photos in this post inspire and empower you to grow your own!

Please take the time to review the Amazing Benefits of Wheatgrass for extra motivation.

There is loads of information, instructions and great YouTube Videos for extra help, but here are the basics to get you started:

  1. Soak your hard winter wheat seeds (also called wheatberries) which you can find in Whole Foods or on line for very cheap (wheatgrass-seeds)
  2. Sprout the seeds in a jar for the next 24 hours, by rinsing and draining the seeds well three times a day, (before work, after work, and before bed). Put cheese cloth or mesh over the jar, or use a sieve with tiny holes to drain.
  3. Plant the seeds after a very short 'tail' is visible, on top of the soil (basic potting mix or top soil will work fine.) Do not bury the seeds under the soil, but do keep them wet. As you can see, I used small plastic pots leftover from plants I purchased and saved, or you can purchase wheatgrass trays.
  4. Water gently, but soak the soil, once in the morning and once in the evening, so they don't dry out. 
  5. By the fourth day you can already see the grass growing, which is very exciting, and within a few days it will be ready for you to consume.
  6. Cut with a scissors and juice!
I do not own a dedicated juicer, but have been enjoying the benefits of wheatgrass along with a mixture of greens in my juices. I also blend wheatgrass in my shakes and smoothies and love the extra flavor, energy and healing properties it offers.

A picture tells a thousand words...hope you enjoy!

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