Health Foods 101: Wheatgrass
What it is, why it's good for you and how to eat it. Plus, a new guacamole recipe to try.
Everyone wants to eat healthy, but not everyone knows where to start. Whether you're trying to lose a few pounds or looking for an extra energy boost, food is the foundation for positive results. To help you navigate the grocery aisles, we're starting Health Foods 101 and breaking down popular ingredients, why they're good for you and how to eat them with the help of experts.
Up this week: wheatgrass, according to The Wheatgrass Girl Rachel Cara, an educator and nutritional consultant with Pines Superfoods.
What it is:
"Wheatgrass is the most nutritionally dense dark green leafy vegetable, when grown in natural conditions, meaning outdoors in organic, glacial soil from fall through spring," says Cara. She recommends organically grown wheatgrass over indoor-grown wheatgrass. "[It] often results in mold and doesn't allow for deep mineral rich roots," she explains.
Its nutritional value:
It is roughly equivalent to a serving of dark leafy green vegetables—think a serving of wheatgrass equals a plate of spinach weighing 50 grams.
Health benefits it yields:
"You can expect the same results as you would get from increasing your intake of dark leafy greens, which supply sustainable energy and alkalizes the body, balancing pH," notes Cara.
How you eat it:
In powder form, wheatgrass is highly versatile and can be consumed by simply adding it to a glass of water, juice or smoothie. Cara also says that wheatgrass can be eaten in capsule form as a supplement.
How much you should eat:
"You may eat it as often as you would like an extra serving of greens," she says. Most nutritional authorities recommend at least three to five servings of dark green vegetables per day. "I start off my day with a serving of one of Pines' powders in a glass of water. I also snack on tablets while on the go during the day. For an evening dessert, I'll often make a fruit smoothie with powder or for a real treat, a Shamrock Shake with a spoonful of powder, some natural ice cream and fresh mint," divulges Cara. Get creative!
Recipe to Try: Pines Simple, Clean & Green Guacamole
Now that you're prepped with a background on this superfood, try this party-ready dip for an easy boost of healthy.
2-3 ripe avocados
1 Tbsp lime juice
1 Tbsp Pines wheat grass powder
Fresh cilantro (as needed)
Salt (as needed)
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl for approximately two servings.