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MILLET GRASS JUICE

 It is encouraging to see people taking interest in millet grass juice. Just like most fresh green vegetable and grass juices, millet grass juice is alkaline and rich in chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is high in oxygen. The alkaline environment makes it difficult for disease to thrive. These grass juices are super foods as they go right down to the cell to feed, repair, revitalize and restore it. In fact green juices boost the immune system. They are the best detoxifiers and blood purifiers, containing vitamins, minerals, enzymes, trace minerals and even (protein although not in significant amounts) Millet grass, like wheatgrass is especially rich in antioxidants.

 

The good news is that millet is readily available in most tropical countries and it is catching on fast worldwide. Organic whole millet is the best to use for growing millet grass. Millet grass is as easy to grow as wheatgrass is because the method is almost the same. Millet grass juice is less sweet but has a better taste than wheat grass juice. It takes a few more days to mature than wheatgrass. There are two or three significant differences between growing wheatgrass and growing millet grass, therefore it is vital that you go through the steps below even if you have been growing wheatgrass.

How to grow millet grass

What you need:

  • Trays or a protected small plant (nursery) bed or any other suitable container.  (some people cut jelly cans as a last resort). But this should be a temporary measure as the materials from which jelly cans are made are likely to be harmful if used for long.
  • Millet seeds
  • Organic potting mix or organic topsoil (Plant compost is the best). The soil should be light, not too heavy as heavy soil retains too much water which may cause mold. Top soil in your garden, is very good as long as no droppings or animal waste has been damped there.
  • Water preferably as a solution with seaweed
  • If growing outdoors: net to protect the seeds from preying birds and the grass from animals such as cats, dogs, squirrels, etc.
  • Plant food: we use seaweed extract. It is really a matter of choice. There are lots to choose from. Kelp, an organic seaweed plant food, Azomite Powder, etc.
  • Watering can

Steps

  1. Prepare the soil for planting in a growing container for example: growing tray. Don’t use animal manure. Fill the container to about ¾ to leave enough space for your seeds to germinate. Tease your soil and make it as level as possible.
  2. Mix some water soluble plant food with the water (optional). We use seaweed extract. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when adding plant food.
  3. Water the soil. Make sure the water drains well. Millet will not grow if the seeds are soaking in water. If they do happen to grow in water, they will take much longer.
  4. Place millet seeds on top of watered potting soil. Cover with a tray and leave to sprout. This may take a day or two.
  5. After sprouting, lightly cover the seeds with a thin layer of potting soil (less than a centimeter) and water lightly.  Remember, not soggy, the water should drain.
  6. Cover with a tray and place in a dark area for 4 days, watering daily. The grown grass is now ready for light.
  7. Uncover the tray, water the grass with the plant food solution as used before and leave the tray in shade with some sunlight.
  8. Water daily to keep it moist.
  9. When the white sheath at the base of the stalk begins to grow a second grass blade, and the millet grass is about 6 -7 inches in height, it is ready for harvest. This is called the branching stage, if it grows beyond this stage the grass will get tough. Cut the grass for juicing using scissors.
  10. Juice using a wheatgrass juicer as soon as possible after cutting

If possible, cut and juice only what you need. If you cut more than you can use, store the rest in the refrigerator in a covered glass bowl or freezer bag. It can last up to 8 days. But remember the fresh juice is best consumed within 15 minutes to prevent oxidation and nutrient loss

Freezing millet juice:

If you grow more than you can use daily, you can freeze your millet juice.  You will need “ice cube freezer bags”. In UK you can get them from most super markets but in the US we buy them from Amazon. The most efficient way is to juice all the millet grass which is ready. Use what you need and freeze the rest in the ice cube freezer bags right away. If you can date these bags it will help you to use them systematically.

Points to remember

Millet grass should be watered at least once every single day as lack of water will reduce or interfere with the nutrients and overall health of the grass cells. In fact if you live in a hot climate or during the hot season, you will need to water twice a day to ensure that your grass is moist all the time.

The best time to water your grass is early in the morning. And if you need to water it a second time do it before the sun goes down. Avoid watering the grass at night as this may cause clogging and mold.

Make sure the water drains well. Millet will not grow if the seeds are soaking in water. If they manage to grow in water, they will take much longer.

Drinking Millet Grass Juice

You can drink the juice neat or mixed with certain fruits. At the moment we feel the best combination is what we have call “Millet Grass Pineapple Juice Cocktail” It is so tasty you will ask for more. This is a combination of ‘millet grass juice mixed with pineapple, apple, ginger and lemon juice” The nutrients in millet grass juice, coupled with the benefits of (pineapple, apple, ginger and lemon) will render a super nourishing juice.

Millet Grass Pineapple Juice Cocktail

  • ¼ a small pineapple or 1-2 slices pineapple
  • 1 apple
  • ¼ inch fresh ginger
  • ¼-½ a lemon
  • 2 ounces of millet grass juice

Method

  1. Juice the pineapple (peeled), ginger, apple and lemon in that order. Peel them all if not organic.
  2. Make your millet grass juice using the wheatgrass juicer.
  3. Stir them together and drink right away.

You can make the juice once a day for several servings, though it is best to drink it right after juicing. If you kept it in a fridge you may keep the juices separately up to 8 hours.

Fruits contain fructose, a type of sugar, associated with many chronic health problems when consumed in excess. If you are insulin resistant (are overweight, diabetic, or have high cholesterol), restrict the amount of fruit juice you consume a day.

 

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Wheatgrass Pineapple Juice Cocktail

Do you find the taste of wheatgrass juice a challenge? You are not alone. One of the most common challenges among wheatgrass juice consumers is its taste. To some  it is nasty and to others others bitter/sweet. Thus many who need  wheatgrass juice, fail because of its taste. For this reason, we endeavor to try out several combinations to offset this problem, without jeopardizing the benefits of wheatgrass juice. At the moment we feel the best combination is what we call “Wheatgrass Pineapple Juice Cocktail” It is so tasty you will ask for more. This is a combination of ‘wheatgrass juice mixed with pineapple, apple, ginger and lemon juice” We believe this beats all the wheatgrass juice combinations in taste. And coupled with the benefits of (pineapple, apple, ginger and lemon) you end up with an even more nourishing cocktail.

Pineapple nutrition and benefits

Pineapple is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. It is also a very good source of copper, bromelain, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, folate, pantothenic acid and potassium

Benefits

  1. Reduce free radicals: Pineapples are a rich source of antioxidants. They fight against free radicals in the body, preventing cell damage. These antioxidants help protect you from diseases like atherosclerosis, heart diseases, arthritis, various cancers etc. The abundance of antioxidants in pineapples gives them anti-cancer properties which may reduce or halt the process of cell damage, preventing several types of cancers.
  2. Fight colds, Sinusitis, Sore Throat and like infections: Pineapples are very good sources of vitamin C and bromelain, which fight against microbial infections. Eating pineapples with the prescribed medicines can help cure cold and cough effectively
  3. Anti-inflammatory Action: Pineapples have anti-inflammatory properties which prevent inflammation in arthritis, fight bronchitis as they reduce inflammation in bronchial tubes. They are also effective in fighting sore throat, Bronchitis, gout and swellings.
  4. Bromelain in pineapples plus other nutrients give strength to the bones
  5. Good for the heart: rich in potassium and low in sodium therefore good for the heart.
  6. Since pineapples are rich in antioxidants, fiber and yet not too sweet, they may fight against atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries)
  7. Aid digestion: Dietary fiber, vitamin C and bromelain in pineapples; promote digestion

Can you imagine the benefits of pineapple combined with the benefits of wheatgrass or millet grass? MIf you are taking  wheatgrass juice to counteract side effets or other desperate condition, it is vital you take it as fresh as possible, in liquid form so it gets to the cell as soon as possible. Therefore the most effective form of wheatgrass to your cell is the pure wheatgrass juice “neat”.  But since many are discouraged by the taste, mixing wheatgrass juice with other fresh nourishing juices is an inevitable stage. Some health gurus recommend using vegetable juices like; cucumber, celery, kale and that is a fact. but we have found that the majority of those who try these excellent vegetable juices give up after the second day; again because of the taste. That is why we are coming up with various several combinations to address this issue. If you prefer to take wheatgrass juice in smoothies, that is quite fine too as long as you take it right away. If kept in a cool place (fridge or cooler) consume it within a few hours.

For every 2-4 ounces of wheat grass or millet grass juice add this pineapple-apple juice to make our cocktail.

Pineapple-apple juice

  • ¼ a small pineapple or 1-2 slices pineapple
  • 1 apple
  • ¼ inch fresh ginger
  • ¼-½ a lemon

Method

  1. Juice the pineapple (peeled), ginger, apple and lemon in that order. Peel them all if not organic.
  2. Make your wheat grass juice using the wheatgrass juicer.
  3. Stir them together and drink right away.

You can make the juice once a day for several servings, though it is best to drink it right after juicing. If you kept in a fridge you may keep the juices separately up to 8 hours.

Apples: nutrition and benefits

“An apple a day will keep the doctor away.” Don’t take that saying lightly. Apples are a good source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that protects your body’s cells, keeps your blood vessels healthy and aids in the absorption of iron and folate.

Recent studies suggest that apples are also rich in (phytonutrients,) which are believed to have powerful antioxidants that have been linked to lowered risk of many chronic and age related diseases.  These studies suggest that (phytonutrients) support and promote good health. Some of the benefits of (phytonutrients)

  • Reduce the risk of certain cancers
  • Protect against brain cell damage
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Reduce the risk of asthma

You may be one of those who need to use fruits like apples in moderation. Fruits contain fructose, a type of sugar, associated with many chronic health problems when consumed in excess. If you are insulin resistant (are overweight, diabetic, or have high cholesterol), restrict the amount of fruit juice you consume a day.

Wheatgrass Smoothies

As you start feeling stronger and better, you may start whole juicing your pineapple, ginger, apple and lemon. This another milestone because it enables you to introduce whole juices (healthy smoothies in your lifestyle)

Choose your juicer to

Since most homes possess blenders, it is important to distinguish between juicers and blenders. The main difference between juicers and blenders is that: when blenders are used for juicing they produce smoothies (juice, thickened with the pulp of the fruit or vegetable, which is beaten to minute pieces to form a relatively thick juice) whereas juicers produce juice with the pulp strained out (concentrated juice with no pulp) Grasses need a special juicer called wheatgrass juicer which is different from traditional juicer.

To get the maximum benefit from juicing, you need to buy the right juicer. Juicers that can take whole fruits and vegetables, produce whole juices. These are really a type of blender like VTAMIX, BLENDTEC, etc. Even the traditional juicers come in sizes and types. I have used a Jack LaLanne Juicer for more than 10 years. I have also used a LEXEN wheatgrass juicer for more than 13 years and they are both still in good condition. Do your homework. Buy what suits your pocket and need.

Though the traditional juices (pure and strained) are assimilated faster and are relatively easier to the body in stress, whole juices (whole fruit or vegetable through a high speed blender without heating up the juice), are becoming very popular for the general healthy lifestyle. This is because whole food juicing uses the whole fruit or vegetable, just as nature intended. Using the whole fruit or vegetable provides all the micro-nutrients needed to fully utilize the whole fruit and vegetables. Additionally, this method of juicing helps maintain blood sugar levels since it provides far more fiber than traditional juicing. So choose your juicers with the required benefits in mind. While traditional juicing is great, there are some drawbacks which whole juicing address

Whole food juicing generally is far better for your health than traditional juicing if you can handle the juice:

  • It is less expensive to whole juice, you intensely decrease the amount of vegetables and fruit needed to make one glass of juice.
  • Whole Food Juicing is more nutritious and better for you since you use the whole fruit or vegetable and not just the juice. Traditional juicing cannot extract all these nutrients in the skin and in the pulp which is normally thrown away.
  • Whole Juicing is rich in fiber which is important for digestion and maintaining stable blood sugar levels.
  • Whole Juicing is much easier and less messy.
  • Whole Juices are more filling and more nourishing because they have pulp and take longer to digest.

Benefits of juicing recap

  • Improve the immune system.
  • Fight free radicals and help prevent certain diseases and cancer.
  • Increase metabolism, giving you more energy
  • Improve skin complexion and provide needed nutrients to your skin, eyes and hair.
  • Keep heart, liver and kidney functioning at optimal levels.
  • Detoxify the body of harmful chemicals.
  • Provide body with beneficial enzymes, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients (plant chemicals).
  • Whole juicing is an easy way of getting your daily requirements of fruits and vegetables.

Eating raw fresh food in salads, cold soups and on their own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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