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SUPERFOODS – Wheatgrass

SUPERFOODS Wheatgrass

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Health claims for wheatgrass have existed since the 1940’s, with this bright green liquid ‘shot’ drink being recommended to stabilise blood sugars, boost red blood cell production, improve circulation and prevent inflammation.

What is Wheatgrass?

Wheatgrass is the young (immature) grass of the wheat plant, Triticum aestivum. It is grown from the wheat seed (wheat berries), which is the whole kernel of the wheat grain.

Wheatgrass is considered by many people to be the most healing of all grasses.  it contains more than 90 elements from the soil, and it is one of nature’s richest sources of vitamins A and C.  When it is grown in fertile organic soil, it contains all of the known mineral elements and is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, sulfur, sodium, cobalt and zinc.  Wheatgrass is also abundant in vitamin B-17, a substance that can destroy cancer cells selectively some say.

Scientists at the University of Texas concluded that wheatgrass juice is exceptional in its chlorophyll content.  Known as “nature’s greatest healer,” chlorophyll produces an environment that suppresses bacterial growth in the body and counteracts ingested toxins.  It also helps to purify the liver, build the blood’s oxygen-carrying potential and regulate digestion. Also responsible for the vibrant green colour of the grass.

 

Nutrition Facts

Vitamins

Wheatgrass contains high amounts of vitamins A, E and B. It also contains many minerals and trace elements: Calcium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron and Zinc. Perfect for Immunity & Energy

Amino Acids
Wheatgrass also contains twelve amino acids including the eight essential amino acids: phenylalanine, valine, threonine, tryptophan, isoleucine, methionine,leucine, and lysine. Essential amino acids are those that the body cannot create, they must be obtained through one’s diet. Perfect for those active bodies.

Predigested Food
Wheatgrass is considered a predigested food. It does not require enzymes for breaking down proteins. Wheatgrass contains both amino acids and glucose therefore it is readily assimilated in the body. Ensures superior absorption of nutrients.

Chlorophyll
Wheatgrass is rich in Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll has a molecular structure almost identical to haemoglobin in human red blood cells responsible for carrying oxygen around the body. Chlorophyll cleanses the liver, tissues and cells and purifies the blood. Wheatgrass helps remove toxic heavy metals such as lead, mercury, aluminium, that have become stored in the tissues of the body. It also aids in detoxification by breaking up impacted matter in the colon. It also helps fight infection therefore aiding the body’s natural self healing process. Perfect for Detox and Gut Health

 

Health Benefits

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Serving Suggestions: Perfect for smoothies, yoghurt, protein shakes, sprinkled over salads – and if you’re feeling brave just with water!

Energising Wheatgrass Smoothie

Recipie

  • 100ml Apple Juice
  • 1 banana (peeled and chopped in half)
  • approx 25g/handful of Kale/Spinach
  • 1 tbsp Wheatgrass Powder
  • 1tsp  Honey (if desired)

Method: Place all ingredients in the blender in order as above – pulverise to desired thickness! Add more apple juice for a thinner consistency.

Pour and enjoy the virtuous feeling of the nutrient packed smoothie :)

WARNING: Wheatgrass powder is a very light powder and will get everywhere, so use sparingly and with care. Think of icing sugar – but finer!

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Tips for Healthy Eating – Dieting

Diet & Slimming

HEALTHY FOOD TIPS

  1. Choice – make healthy eating a lifestyle choice not a boring and annoying “diet”. The fact is that once we start to eat well and enjoy our foods we start to dislike the manufactured taste of processed foods! It is all about retraining your eating habits and your taste buds. Persevering with healthier options, especially if your taste buds are not accustomed to it, can take time. But once you start to feel the difference in your body and have all the extra energy you won’t turn back!
  2. Size does matterPortion sizes are important, make sure most of your plate is vegetables and a small portion (approx the size of your palm) is quality lean protein (such as fish and lean meats). Also eating on smaller plates makes you think you’re having much more food than you would be if it was on a large intimidating plate – more space to fill with extra complex carbohydrates that you may be trying to avoid. Eating with a smaller spoon can also trick your brain into thinking you have eaten way more and you will find you often will eat less. Try it with cereal in the morning.
  3. Prepare – shop for fresh food regularly and keep your pantry stocked with good healthy staples to make it easier to eat a healthy diet. Shop after you have eaten and stick to a prepared list of things to buy – saves those impulse purchases that you might regret later on! Even better why not do your grocery shopping online? A great way to also compare prices and choose the most competitive supermarket.

 

Food to avoid

  • White flour & anything made from it (breads, crackers, pasta, pastry)
  • Sugar & anything made from it (biscuits, cakes, jams, soft drinks, sports drinks)
  • Salt (do not add any salt to foods & stay away from salty processed foods)
  • High Sugar products such as fruit juices.
  • Processed foods such as white flour products as in white bread.

 

Foods that you should eat ♥

  • Chicken breast (no skin and grilled)
  • Egg (not fried)
  • Seafood (grilled oily fish)
  • Turkey breast (no skin)
  • Lamb fillets (lean)
  • Duck (no skin)
  • Fresh & frozen Vegetables
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Nuts and seeds

 

Ever heard of the term little and often?  Well eating high protein 6 small meals daily has shown to aid weight loss and slimming over the usual 3 meals a day or even skipping meals altogether.

The glycemic index (GI) of foods is a number ranking system relating to carbohydrate foods. The higher the number (highest 100, table sugar) the faster the food will spike your blood sugar levels (not ideal). Stick to low GI foods.

If you feel hungry you may be dehydrated. Try having a glass of water and if the hunger is still there after 10 minutes try having a healthy snack (see the foods to encourage list).

The goal is to achieve 1200-1500 calories per day. Of course alternate food choices are available and can be consumed as long as totally daily caloric intake is below 1500 calories. Alternatively you can exceed 1500 calories but you will need to balance out the difference with some calorie burning physical activity.

Key Tip: It is realistic to begin and continue a healthy and balanced eating plan that caps calories between 1200 – 1500 per day, without feeling hungry or tired.

 

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