Thursday, 17 April 2014

Can I go green with wheatgrass?

Google wheatgrass and you will be amazed. It’s one of the nutritionally complete foods that gets to wear a superhero cape and mask – with advocates claiming it can help with everything from improving energy levels, weight loss, combatting coughs and colds and clearing skin conditions (like rosacea).

Wheatgrass contains over ninety minerals, including high concentrations of potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium – plus nineteen amino acids. The sheer amount of vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and enzymes wheatgrass contains feed your cells and work to detox your body. And better still, well for me anyway, a tiny bit of powder packs the same nutritional punch as a whole load of green leafy veg (not a fan of the green leafy veg despite the goodness it contains!!).

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So, armed with some ‘Geko Organic Wheatgrass Powder’, I set about curating some recipes using this bionic supplement (see my Pinterest board here, lots of wheatgrass info, ideas and recipes) in an attempt to up my greens quota. These are two recipes I’ve tried so far:

Wheatgrass smoothie 


This easy-peasy recipe makes a thick, VERY filling smoothie (you could have it instead of breakfast) – but you need a juicer and a blender.

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Ingredients:

A handful of spinach
2 peeled limes (the original recipes uses just one, but I prefer to really taste the lime)
1 apple
2 carrots
1/2 avocado
1 tbs wheatgrass powder
Chia seeds (I had some so popped them on top!)


Method:

Juice the spinach, limes, apple and carrots.
Pour the juice in the blender and add the rest of the ingredients.
Blend for about 20 seconds and you’re done!


Green banana bread

(adapted from a similar recipe on Superfoods and Supershakes)

This. Was. Gorgeous. It only lasted two days in our house and the kids and adults were fighting over it! This recipe proved to be very moist and better than other similar ones I’d tried in the past. I used strawberries because it’s what I had to hand, but it would also taste great with blueberries or chopped pears (whatever you need to use up!) – and maybe even grated apple or carrot. I also think you could add more wheatgrass powder.

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Ingredients:

225g wholemeal plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp wheatgrass powder
110g caster sugar
1 egg
80ml extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 ripe bananas mashed
65g flaked almonds
A handful of ripe strawberries






Method:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade and oil and line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper.
Gently mix the flour, baking powder, wheatgrass powder, cinnamon, sugar and a pinch of salt together in a large bowl (dry ingredients).
In a separate bowl or jug, combine the egg, oil and vanilla extract (wet ingredients).
Mash the banana in another bowl.
Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and then gently fold in the mashed bananas.
Add the nuts and berries.
Pour into your loaf tin, use a spatula to level it out and bake for 50 minutes.
Try to let it cool down before you start eating it!!

Do you think these recipes would be something you'd try? Let me know in the comment box below. I'd also love to hear what you think of supplements like this superfood. Don't be shy...

Thanks for reading
Vanessa.

3 comments:

  1. Interesting and sooo green! I might have to look into this and see if I could make a different bread or something with it! Where did you get it from? x

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    1. The wheatgrass powder is available for Amazon - there's a link in the post. Green smoothies are a 'thing' - the US seems big into them. Not being a big fan of green I'm wondering if I could 'hide' it with blueberries, beetroot or coco...

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