When ever I see fresh wheatgrass on a menu here in Dubai or while I am traveling, I have to have one. The picture above is from one of my stays at the W Hotel in Bali! So why is it so great? This is why…
Wheatgrass juice is an effective healer because it contains all minerals known to man, and vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, l and K. It is extremely rich in protein, and contains 17 amino acids, the building blocks of protein.
Wheatgrass Juice is also one of the best sources of chlorophyll, containing up to 70%. (Another great source is blue-green algae) Chlorophyll is the life force of a plant and gives wheatgrass its green colour. Chlorophyll increases the function of the heart, vascular system, the intestines, the uterus, and the lungs. Chlorophyll is also great at neutralising toxins in the body, purifies the liver, is an important blood builder being almost molecularly identical to our red blood cells.
You can get powdered forms of wheatgrass, but like with everything, FRESH is always best so you can gain the full benefits. When I travel to places I know a fresh wheatgrass shot will be impossible to find, I take a selection of green powders with me that include wheatgrass powder as a back up. (Amazing Grass brand has a great range, sold at Holland & Barrett in Dubai)
My favourite way to have fresh wheatgrass juice, is to have it as a shot on an empty stomach. That way the nutrients are instantly absorbed. Depending on the wheatgrass, it can sometimes be very bitter. So as a suggestion you can just suck on a slice of orange at the end. Freshly juiced or powdered wheatgrass can also be added to smoothie’s and/or other fresh juice, if you really can’t handle the taste!
A question I see a lot is ‘is wheatgrass juice gluten-free?’ The answer is yes. It is gluten-free because the grass is cut before the grain containing the gluten forms.
You can also grow fresh wheatgrass at home. However, it is important to know you need the right type of juicer to juice wheatgrass effectively. (Masticating wheatgrass juicers can be found at both Bestro and Organic Foods & Cafe in Dubai). So depending on your time and budget, it may be easier for you to know where you can find fresh wheatgrass juice in your local area!
In Dubai, I have a few places where I get my fresh wheatgrass juice. Sophie’s Cafe on The Palm, Bestro raw cafe at Galleries Layfayette Dubai Mall and the Juice Master Juice Bar, also in Dubai Mall. Make sure to let me know of your favourite places to get your daily dose of this green stuff in the comments below!