Our café here at the Free People home offices started serving wheatgrass shots a couple of weeks ago. I had read a bit about them before, so I was eager to try one out and learn more. I caught up the manager, Chris, and he walked me through the sourcing and process of it all. Here’s everything you need to know to make your very own.
Sourcing: Wheatgrass comes in many forms. You can buy frozen, powdered, or literally, grass. We decided to serve it from the plant itself because it is the freshest form you can find. When the wheatgrass is frozen or powdered you inevitably lose some of the nutrients. The plants themselves come from one of our produce vendors, but the café is keeping the trays that they come in, and regrowing the plant out back. I didn’t know this, but apparently you can grow it just about anywhere. It’s the wheat plant, but interestingly enough, gluten free.
Benefits: Our café manager says that there are no clinically proven benefits. Although himself not a health food guy, he feels better when he takes them. He experiences a feel-good sensation and added energy. He also says that it’s helped him get over tooth aches in the past. Claimed, although not proven, benefits include: tumor reduction, reduced blood pressure, cleansing and detoxification of the blood and organs, increased metabolism, and an increase in beneficial enzymes.
Suggested Dosage: 1-4oz daily
Fun Fact: Wheatgrass was discovered by a farmer in the 30’s. He was having trouble with the health of his chickens and got to experimenting with their feed. Wheatgrass was one of the options that he tested, and he found that it increased the animals’ health and also their egg count. After witnessing such amazing side affects, he started to give the plant to his friends. The rest was history.
How to make a wheatgrass shot:
1. You will need a wheatgrass grinder to extract the liquid. By using this machine you keep the photochemicals alive and maintain nutrients.
2. Cut off a handful of the plant, and place a cup underneath the bottom spout.
3. Feed into the top of the grinder and churn until you have as much juice as you’d like. The fiber will come out the top, and all of the juice will flow out the bottom.