The old saying goes “the grass is greener on the other side”, but maybe there’s really truth to that philosophy?! When it comes to increasing longevity, prolonging one’s youth, and feeling healthier, proper nutrition plays a key role in helping us to achieve these goals. More health advocates and nutrition researchers are discovering the benefits of the green grasses, including Wheat Grass, Barley Grass, and Alfalfa.
“Grasses have been found helpful with high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes, ulcers, and liver problems. Benefits ascribed to wheat and barley grass juice include physical and mental well-being, more energy and better sleep, stronger immune system, cellular detoxification, reduced inflammation, and more… (This is because) the grasses contain all the known mineral elements. They are exceptionally rich in calcium, and also contain magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. In addition, the grasses contain a natural and balanced range of vitamins.” (Nutrition News, Vol. XXXVI, No. 3)
But how do we add these vital nutrients to our daily diets without having to become vegan?
In addition to visiting a local Jamba Juice, Whole Foods, or health food store to buy wheat grass juice (made into a sweet tasting drink from live wheat grass), nowadays many companies are producing formulas in powder form, that can be mixed with any juice, and created as a smoothie. Another option is to simply add some of these grasses (such as alfalfa sprouts) to your meals, from sandwiches to salads.
One of my personal daily favorites is the Odwalla Original Superfood (pre-blended) smoothie. At first sight, it doesn’t look very appetizing (it’s dark green in coloration), but when you taste it, you’ll be hooked! The sweet apple juice in the concoction, blended with a hybrid of other super foods (from spirulina to wheat grass) is not only satisfying on a sensory level, but adds a multitude of nutrients to one’s diet. The Superfood mix also comes in a convenient bar as well.