Health-conscious folks are raising a glass to wheatgrass, a wonder-food that is loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and are extolling its benefits. As our island-nation becomes more aware of health-giving foods, this trend is quickly spreading to regular diners around the country.
What is wheatgrass?
Wheatgrass is the young, tender shoots of the wheat plant. The shoots are harvested after the plant has grown longer than the harvest time for wheat malt. Since it has grown longer, it contains more chlorophyll and amino acids than wheat malt does.
A potent source of chlorophyll and vitamins
Nutritionists tout chlorophyll as the power source behind wheatgrass’ litany of benefits. Additionally, this ingredient contains a healthy mix of vitamins, which has earned it much popularity among vegans, vegetarians, and even meat-eating folks who want to fuel their body with healthy, natural nutrition.
One vegetable, lots of benefits
Wheatgrass lovers boast about the list of benefits that are attributed to it. They claim it boosts the immune system and aids in detoxifying the body. It can help with weight loss, digestion and fatigue. People suffering from joint pain, muscle pain and arthritis say they get relief from their symptoms after ingesting wheatgrass.
Wheatgrass is also said to have curative properties when applied to the skin. Users of topical wheatgrass report relief from sunburn and a decrease in acne breakouts.
While some of these claims may be purely anecdotal (and awaiting scientific verification), it’s worth noting that many people already acknowledge it as a supergreen, and have added it to their diets.
Good for the mind, and body
Wheatgrass may even have an effect on your mental state, with claims that it gives people more energy and brightening their mood. Nutritionists say that a balance of iron and vitamins can help alleviate stress – and the combination of nutrients found in wheatgrass provides both with ease.
The best way to serve wheatgrass: juice it!
What’s the most effective way to introduce wheatgrass to your diners who want a potent shot of this superfood? Health fanatics often make wheatgrass drinks at home by simply blending wheatgrass with water – a combination that only the most hardcore folks can stomach.
A tastier way of introducing wheatgrass into your menu is by blending it into a smoothie or shake, which is what some popular juice chains do. After all, wheatgrass chops easily and tastes great with fruits, fruit juices and other greens like kale.
Best of all, these shakes are quick and simple to make. Simply toss the ingredients into the blender, and customers can have their shakes within minutes of ordering. It’s perfect for early morning or midday crowds who want a quick pick-me-up for work.
Wheatgrass tofu is gaining popularity in Chinese restaurants, as health-conscious diners appreciate the benefits of this green. In this recipe, wheatgrass tofu is served dry, with royale chives and shimeiji mushrooms adding complementary flavours.
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