Whats the big deal?
- cleanses and builds your blood,
- improves skin and hair,
- builds muscle and endurance
- fights infections,
- lowers blood pressure,
- dissolves tumors,
- acts as an appetite suppressant.ood building results occur even more rapidly when patients drink green juices and wheatgrass regularly.
How to grow Wheatgrass?
The best way to grow fresh wheatgrass is by using cafeteria trays (the ones you use to carry your plate, fork, drink, etc., on when you go to a school/hospital cafeteria). You will need two trays to grow one tray full of grass, so make sure when you purchase the trays that you think about how much wheatgrass you will want to be growing on a monthly basis. If you want to grow a new tray every week (which is ideal), then buy at least eight trays.
As far as the wheatgrass goes, you can buy organic hard wheat berries at your natural food store in the bulk bin. This works perfectly fine. You can also purchase them from The Sproutman.com, Heirloom Organics or Mountain Rose Herbs.
Once you have your seeds, you will soak a cup of these organic hard wheat berries in spring or filtered water overnight to begin the germination process.
It is important to make sure you have organic soil when growing your wheatgrass, as it is simply not necessary to ingest added pesticides, herbicides or who knows what when growing your wheatgrass.
Next, spread the organic soil in the cafeteria tray so that it does not come over the side of the tray, about a half-inch of soil approximately.
Take the one cup of soaked and drained organic wheat berries and sprinkle them all over to cover the soil in the tray.
Lightly water the soil – I drizzle a little tiny bit of water over the seeds. Do NOT drench the seeds. Then take a very tiny bit of organic soil and put over the sprinkled seeds to cover them up, just so you cannot see the seeds. Do NOT add too much soil.
Take an empty tray, flip it over (so the bottom of the tray is on top) and cover the prepared wheat berry/soil mixture that is in the bottom tray. This will create a dark environment for the seeds to sprout.
Next put your seed tray aside.
It does not need to go into a dark room, etc., as it is dark in the middle, now that the tray is on top of your wheat berry/soil mixture.
The seeds will sprout in a couple days and begin to lift the top tray up and off of the bottom tray. When this happens, remove the top tray and put the growing wheatgrass in a sunny location. It should take 7 to 10 days to reach maturity.
Water as needed.
The wheatgrass will grow beautifully and be nutritious and delicious!! Harvest the wheatgrass weekly, and it will continue to grow.
Whats the big deal?
Sprouted grain differs from whole grain in three fundamental aspects: 1) sprouting activates food enzymes; 2) sprouting increases vitamin content, and 3) sprouting neutralizes antinutrients like phytic acid which bind up minerals preventing your ability to fully absorb them. When examining the nutrient density of sprouted wheat to unsprouted wheat on a calorie-per-calorie basis, you’ll find that sprouted wheat contains four times the amount of niacin and nearly twice the amount of vitamin B6 and folate as unsprouted wheat; moreover, it contains more protein and fewer starches than non-sprouted grain and as a further boon, it is lower on the glycemic index making it more suitable for those suffering from blood sugar issues.
- Grains such as barley, wheat, and spelt
- Legumes such as lentils, peas, and pinto, kidney, and lima beans
- Radish and broccoli seeds
Some people also sprout nuts, including almonds, cashews, walnuts, and peanuts.
- Start with clean grain, so take care in sorting through it to make sure all pebbles and grains with poor appearance are adequately removed.
- Rinse grains thoroughly.
- Add grain to a sprouting tray (you can sprouting trays in good health stores – easy peasy to use, cost around €10/€15), pouring filtered water over the grain until the grain is completely submersed under several inches of water.
- Soak the grains overnight in warm water.
- In the morning, pour the grains into a fine mesh sieve and rinse them well.
- Throughout the day, rinse the grains multiple times taking care to stir them so all grains are rinsed evenly.
- Continue rinsing the grains for two to three days until the grains have sprouted to your liking.