For some quick nutritional information on wheat grass see my previous blog post.
I prefer wheat grass smoothies over the juice for a couple of reasons. The first is because it seems like less work. This may not be the case if you do big batches of juice and freeze it, but I find using wheat grass in a smoothie only takes a couple of minutes longer than a usual smoothie. I like not having to change my routine to get this goodness in.
The second reason is that when you are adding wheat grass to something else you can enhance its flavour. I don’t find wheat grass terrible tasting but you can make it more interesting if you add other ingredients.
Finally, fiber is good for us, so why do the extra work to remove it?
General Notes on Wheat Grass Smoothies:
- Wheat grass is a lot like spinach in a smoothie, just with a stronger flavour. I use them interchangeably so try your favorite green smoothie recipe with wheat grass instead of greens like spinach or kale.
- Wheat grass can be fibrous. To deal with this always start with about half a cup of whatever liquid is in your smoothie and blend the wheat grass until its broken up. It will never get as smooth as spinach but this will help.
- Wheat grass can be tough on blenders- be kind to yours and make sure it doesn’t overheat while its chewing up your wheat grass.
Pina Colada Wheat grass Smoothie Recipe
- 3/4 C orange juice
- 1 1/2 C wheat grass
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/8 C chia seeds
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1 1/2 C frozen pineapple chunks
Blend up wheat grass and orange juice until you are happy with the consistency. This takes about 2 minutes in my big blender but it may take longer in a smaller or less powerful one. Be careful not to overheat your blender. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately. Serves 4.
If you are growing your own Wheat Grass:
It is worth a side note here that the first cutting of wheat grass is slightly sweet and tender. Second cuttings of the same plant are more bitter and more fibrous. If you are growing your own grass, use the second cuttings for juicing. It still tastes bitter but you can get it down in one gulp and you can also remove the hard fiber. Bitter grass in smoothies will be difficult to hide and the stringy texture of the older grass can overwhelm your smoothie.
If you make this recipe I’d love to see a picture on social media!