I’ve been living in Europe for over 3 years now and there are some things that I had to give up when I moved here. One of the things that I had to leave behind in the US was my wheatgrass juicer. It was really too heavy and we came to the country with just luggage (granted, a lot of it, but just luggage). It just didn’t make sense to bring it along and I hoped I might be able to find something similar here. A missing juicer may not sound like a big deal, but for me and my family, it was a beloved treasure. After arriving here, I realized I wasn’t able to find one here, unfortunately.
I’d heard about the benefits of wheatgrass over the years. I think the first time I saw it was when I went to a Jamba Juice and saw that you could buy shots of them. Wheatgrass is not something you can just dump into any juicer, however. It can damage regular blenders and most juicers are not equipped to extract the precious juice. That’s why we had a special juicer that would not only do most fruits and vegetables but it also extracted wheatgrass juice. The juicer was from China. God bless the Chinese.
Once we moved to Bulgaria, I bought a regular juicer almost immediately. Juicing is great for you and is an ideal way to get veggies and fruits into your body very quickly. Juicing the liquid out of fruits and vegetables make them more bio-available and thereby making it more possible to benefit from the nutrients. I also like being able to mix different combinations and flavors together. Our juicer here, though, is pretty basic and we end up doing a lot of carrot and apple juicing. While I love being able to juice some things, I’ve always missed not having my wheatgrass juicer because of the immense benefits of wheatgrass juice, until now…
I consider myself to be a fairly resourceful person but I never thought about other ways that I might be able to extract the juice from wheatgrass. I tried to stick it into the juicer that we bought here but the attempt failed miserably. I finally got curious and looked around at different sources and found a way to make it happen without a juicer and figured it was definitely worth a try!
Here’s what you need:
- a shallow pan or dish (I just used recycled a plastic container)
- wheat berries (find wheat berries here)
- a glass jar or container
How To Get Started
1. First soak the wheat berries overnight in some water. I would say I used about 1/2 cup of wheat berries.
2. Add soil to your shallow dish or container. Then spread the soaked seeds as evenly as you can over the soil.
3. This is just about 4-5 days of being in the soil.
4. This is about a week or so of growth.
5. Once they get a bit longer then you can harvest the grass.
Why It’s a Good Idea
There are so many benefits to wheatgrass and I’m very excited to be able to have them again. With all the wonderful things I can get here and have tried here, I still miss wheatgrass and am glad to be able to incorporate it into our routine again. I grew this batch on our balcony, but in the past I’ve had just as much luck right on the table in my living room. There was some light but not direct sunlight and it grew perfectly. And, once you’ve got all of the gorgeous grass grown and you’re wondering how to juice it without a juicer, I’ve done a post here on it.
Here are some benefits:
- It helps to cleanse the blood and gastrointestinal tract
- Stimulates the thyroid gland
- Strong detoxifier
- Protects the liver
- Helps to make the body more alkaline
- Has many essential enzymes
- Lessens the effects of radiation
- Has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body
It has a surprisingly sweet flavor and I would warn about drinking too much at once. It’s strong stuff!!