Wheatgrass has been initially used as a herbal remedy and is commonly added to tea or smoothies. That being said, can you put wheatgrass powder in coffee?
Putting any green powder in your cup of coffee can be an unconventional concept to some. I associated anything green with tea and milkshakes until I tried adding matcha powder to my coffee one day. It tasted phenomenal and became one of my go-to beverages when chilling at home.
On the other hand, wheatgrass is a different type of green powder. While it doesn’t taste like matcha, you can still certainly put wheatgrass powder in your cup of Joe, but don’t expect the same aroma and flavor.
The Flavor Is Unique
You might find it much stronger compared to matcha coffee.
It has a strong bitter taste but is masked by the coffee’s natural flavor and aroma. However, it can’t remove the earthy and grassy tang of the wheatgrass. In addition, unlike the matcha’s naturally sweet and nutty flavor, the wheatgrass can be sharp and bland.
In terms of the wheatgrass coffee’s aroma, you can compare it to freshly-cut grass mixed with the lovely odor of coffee. Texture-wise, it’s somewhat bland. It’s not too thick, but not too watery either.
A Superfood In Powder Form
We’ve all looked for ways to make our coffee healthier, especially since we drink it every day. Thankfully, wheatgrass provides a long list of health benefits, making it a safe supplement to your daily coffee intake!
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Helps Promotes Weight Loss
Wheatgrass contains a membrane-bound compartment called thylakoids. A study published by the National Library of Medicine found that supplementing high-carb or high-fat meals with thylakoids can enhance satiety and improve the chance of weight loss.
Certain vegetables such as lettuce and spinach contain thylakoids, but having wheatgrass coffee on the side can amplify its effect! Of course, decreasing or cutting the sugar in your cup of coffee will help as well.
High In Antioxidants, Vitamins, And Nutrients
Wheatgrass has high amounts of essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A and C, iron, and calcium. In addition, it contains 17 amino acids which are crucial in transporting nutrients to your body and helps prevent illnesses.
Furthermore, wheatgrass is also a source of many antioxidant compounds that fight off free radicals to reduce the chance of cell damage.
Can Lower The Risk For Certain Types Of Cancer
Although more research needs to be conducted, a test-tube study published by the National Library of Medicine showed that wheatgrass reduced the spread of mouth cancer cells by around 40 percent and the number of leukemia cells up to 65 percent!
Newer studies revolving around coffee drinking show that this habit decreased the risk of developing several cancers, including prostate and liver cancer.
It’s noteworthy that though the efficacy of blending wheatgrass powder and coffee is yet to be known, the benefits these individual ingredients provide certainly look promising.
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How To Make Wheatgrass Coffee
- One teaspoon of wheatgrass powder
- One cup of coffee
- Milk (optional)
- One and a half teaspoons of sugar or honey
Step 1: Brew Your Coffee
It can be instant coffee or French press, but what's important is to prepare your cup of Joe first. I prefer the medium to dark roasts variants for a more robust flavor and to mitigate the green powder’s grassy taste.
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Step 2: Add The Milk, Wheatgrass Powder, And Sugar
I recommend adding a teaspoon of wheatgrass powder first. Mix it thoroughly with your coffee before slowly pouring your milk and adding the sugar or honey to taste. For your dairy, I suggest going for the almond milk to give it a hint of nutty taste or lightly-sweetened milk so you can skip the sweeteners.