By Julie Morris, Superfood Chef
As far as healthy ingredients go, wheatgrass is a nutritional gold mine. Its high chlorophyll content makes it an extremely alkaline food – an attribute that provides numerous benefits for your body, such as promoting healthy blood, encouraging detoxification and preventing chronic disease. Wheatgrass is also a powerhouse of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin A and iron. Plus, the green powerhouse is successfully used for all kinds of healing modalities – everything from regulating blood sugar and reducing inflammation to purifying the body. But, believe it or not, wheatgrass (and specifically, wheatgrass powder) is easier to use from a culinary standpoint than you may think.
In juice form, sure: wheatgrass tastes just like its name implies and has the same flavor potency that its vivid color suggests. Yet incredibly, once freeze-dried and milled into fine powder, its flavor is drastically diminished. As you might imagine, this form is key to using this incredible superfood in all kinds of surprising recipes! Read on for seven ways to secretly incorporate the benefits of wheatgrass into recipes you can make on the regular.
1. Blend into Healthy Drinks
You don’t have to have to make a visibly green smoothie to glean the advantages of drinking one. Because wheatgrass powder is so condensed, just a quarter teaspoon is all you need for a full serving – not even enough to change the color of your blend. A pink smoothie with green benefits? That’s a special secret!
2. Spice up Cocktails (or Mocktails)
Not all superfood applications have to be at the height of healthy potential. If you’re planning on enjoying a cocktail, why not give your body a bit of a nutritional peace offering at the same time? Wheatgrass’ mild taste makes for an easy addition to all kinds of shaken and blended drinks, especially ones featuring tart or fruity flavors, such as a martini, mojito or margarita. If you’re avoiding alcohol, mixing wheatgrass into mocktails or juices only amplifies their benefits even further.
3. Stir into Breakfast Parfaits
Whether you’re a yogurt, chia pudding or smoothie bowl type, stirring wheatgrass into your morning creation is a genius way to start your day the clean, green way! Eating more healthfully really doesn’t get much easier.
4. Upgrade Party Dips
Everyone loves dips, which are often the epicenter of delicious snacking. But even if “super healthy” isn’t the theme of your party spread, you can still stir a little wheatgrass into your batch of guacamole, hummus, salsa or ranch without any kind of flavor compromise (and in many cases, without visual detection, either). Snacking and getting in vegetable nutrition? Everyone wins!
5. Sneak into Sauces & Dressings
To maximize the benefits you get from wheatgrass, it’s wise not to cook it. Nevertheless, adding the powder at the very end of cooking is an excellent workaround method to keep vitamins at their peak. Stirring a little wheatgrass into finished pasta sauce, as part of a final barbecue glaze or just whisking it into salad dressing tucks away the green powder beneath layers of delicious flavor.
6. Supe up Soups
While you won’t want to heat wheatgrass for a long time in your soup pot, stirring it in right before serving can add a colorful swirl and a fresh complimentary taste. You can also mix it in all the way and tuck it completely out of sight. Wheatgrass powder is an exceptionally phenomenal addition to all kinds of chilled soups, such as gazpacho.
7. Incorporate into Chilled Desserts
Believe it or not, you can easily incorporate one of the healthiest foods on the planet into your most decadent sweet treats! Homemade ice creams, puddings and custards are just a stir away from a secret wheatgrass addition. Truffles, fudge and chocolate confections easily tuck away a wheatgrass boost as well. You might also want to try mixing a little Wheatgrass into your next batch of frosting to create a cake that contains a little healthy secret to truly celebrate.
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