When you look at your container of wheat grass powder, chances are you may have a specific idea for how you’ll use it. You may throw some into your favorite smoothie, mix it into peanut butter as part of breakfast or a snack, or maybe you take it straight up after stirring it with a glass of water.
But do you know all of the different ways to not just consume this superfood but enjoy doing it, too? The great news is that as more people learn the benefits of wheat grass, we’re bound to find new ways about how to use wheat grass powder.
Before we get into the new and different ways to enjoy the potential benefits of wheat grass, let’s actually take a look at how it can support your health goals.
Wheat grass is the young grass that grows on the top of common wheat plants (triticum aestivum). The best wheat grass supplement producers carefully cultivate, handle, and process the wheat grass, and it’s that thoughtful product development that ensures that the wheat grass is as healthy as possible for consumption.
Wheat grass is filled with iron, calcium, vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, and an array of other nutrients. While nothing is definitive yet—studies are ongoing—some of the many potential health benefits include easing of chemotherapy-related side effects as well as support for rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, hematological disease, diabetes, obesity, and oxidative stress. Plus, wheat grass may help the body release toxins and lower cholesterol levels, studies show.
Researchers have also found that wheat grass is generally safe to take, though some may have difficulty tolerating it. Side effects include mild nausea, headache, fever, and stomach upset.
There's no set amount of wheat grass each person should take per day. To get the best idea of how much you should consume, be sure to read and follow the directions on the label of the product you purchased. Supplement manufacturers generally advise users to take one teaspoon per dose with at least 8 ounces of water or other liquid. You can also speak with your primary care provider to see if they have any suggestions.
As we mentioned, a lot of wheat grass powder fans like to mix it with juice, into a smoothie, or with yogurt or honey. Those are all great ways to integrate this superfood into your diet, but you don’t need to stick with the tried-and-true approaches!
Here are two incredibly quick, easy, and delicious ways to get the most out of your wheat grass powder.
One super-simple way to work wheat grass powder into your routine is to include it in this tasty green goddess salad dressing recipe from Natural Solutions.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
Once you have all of the above in a bowl or salad dressing shaker, combine them until smooth. You can always adjust it a bit based on your taste, too. All you need now is the right bowl of greens and veggie—may we suggest some baby kale and heirloom tomatoes?
Is there anything better than chocolate pudding? How about chocolate pudding that tastes good and is good for you? With this dessert recipe from Blender Recipes, you’re in for a real treat.
Use a blender to mix all ingredients, and pour everything into a bowl with a serving of wheat grass powder. Then, sprinkle the mix with chia seeds, chocolate syrup, or melted chocolate. You can serve as is or refrigerate it to chill it before enjoying.
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 tbsp chia seeds
Adding wheat grass powder to your diet is a great way to ensure you receive the nutrients you need as part of your regular diet. Although wheat grass is low in calories, it's important to remember the calorie count of whichever food or beverage you’re combining with the wheat grass.
If you're new to drinking wheat grass, it’s important to remember that you should drink what you make as soon as possible. Smoothies and juices deteriorate in taste after a few hours, even if you refrigerate them properly.
It’s also crucial to store wheat grass powder in a dry, dark area. And when you scoop your wheat grass powder, make sure the spoon is dry so you don't introduce mold or bacteria into the mix.
Wheat grass is not bad for you as long as your doctor says it's OK for you to consume. Although researchers report few if any side effects, only a medical professional can assure you that it works well with your health profile. This is particularly important if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as those with blood disorders, celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or diabetes.
Beyond simply talking about wheat grass in general, it’s a good idea to discuss the type and brand of wheat grass powder you plan to take. Better still, do some research on your own. Study the label, read the manufacturer's website, ask questions, and show the information you gather with your physician.
Finally, remember that wheat grass is grown in soil or water. That means it's easily contaminated with mold or bacteria unless it's harvested, handled, and processed properly.
When you shop for a wheat grass powder you will find an array of choices. As mentioned earlier, the key to choosing a high-quality wheat grass powder is to understand exactly what is in it and how it's processed. The best producers are proud to list their ingredients on their product labels and websites, and they’ll even share exactly how they create their products.
You'll find exactly that when you choose Brightcore's Sweet Wheat®. We go beyond telling you about the ingredients in our powder by showing how our wheat grass is grown outdoors in ancient volcanic, mineral-rich soil. And we never include fillers, soy, artificial ingredients, or binders in our greens powder, which is packed with phytonutrients, chlorophyll, enzymes, and antioxidants.