Wheatgrass is inevitably going to show up in any good list of super-healthy superfoods, and for good reason. Packed with oodles of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and the blood-building and oxygen-carrying properties of chlorophyll, a glass of wheatgrass juice is a glass of concentrated healthy goodness.
But in order to help retain all these wonderful properties, wheatgrass needs to be juiced properly. Blenders or food processors may end up oxidizing all the chlorophyll and damaging its detoxifying and anti-oxidizing abilities, and most likely won’t be able to get at all the goodness stored up inside in the first place. Juicing is the way to go – and to make life easier for you, we’ve put together our picks for the best juicers for wheatgrass.
Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer
A sleek black-and-chrome contraption, this masticating juicer is designed to squeeze every last bit of nutrient out of whatever you’re juicing – which, when it comes to wheatgrass, is a vital property to look for in a good juicer.
This device employs a two-stage mechanism to deliver the most efficient juicing experience, grinding out the juice of your wheatgrass or other produce in the first stage, and then squeezing out any vestiges of juice or nutrients from the pulp before ejecting it in the final stage. Two container bowls are included to collect the juice and the pulp separately, while a sieve is also included to help you filter out any lumps or leftover pulp from your freshly-made juice.
The juicer operates at a low speed of 80 RPMs, to ensure a thorough and complete juicing process that fully wrings out every last bit of goodness out of your fruits and veggies, including wheatgrass, the slow speed preventing the chlorophyll of the latter from oxidizing.
If you’re worried about making such an investment solely for a juicer, never fear – this economical unit comes with other attachments you can switch around to mince herbs, grind coffee, blend baby food or make all-natural nut butters, all with one machine.
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LEXEN The Original Healthy Juicer
It can be a little tricky to pick a juicer which can knuckle down on leafy greens as well as it does on chunkier, more solid morsels of fruits and veggies. This manual juicer, though, may be the answer to your problems. Perfect for juicing not just wheatgrass but also spinach, kale, lettuce and other leafy veggies, the device comes with a suction-based bottom and a table clamp to help secure it to whichever surface you’re using it on while you juice.
Along the same principle as using a pestle and mortar to carefully extract every last bit of nutrients out of your fruits and veggies, this device simplifies the task by miles. Simply pop chopped up chunks of your veggies into the juicer and wind the hand-crank, the BPA-free auger slowly and efficiently grinding down on the produce to wring out a healthy helping of fresh juice devoid of any preservatives or harmful chemicals. Cleaning is a breeze, the detachable components easy to pop off and rinse once you’re done using them.
OrangeA Manual Wheatgrass Juicer
Another manual juicer, this stainless steel contraption is lightweight and extremely portable – while also sturdy and long-lasting – and easy to whip out and use in the kitchen or carry with you if you’re travelling and will miss your freshly squeezed morning juice while on the go. The slim, compact design makes it easy to store away without taking too much space, with easy-to-remove components that make assembly and disassembly smooth and effortless. Simply clamp the juicer to the edge of your counter or table to secure it in place, and pop your choice of natural goodies – whether you’re juicing wheatgrass, barley grass, berries or leafy greens – in at the top and have at it with the hand crank to carefully churn everything down to the last drop out of the residual pulp.
Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer Extractor
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There’s no chance of jamming, over-heating or wastage with this juicer, another of the masticating variety designed to methodically press out all there is to press out in your fresh produce at the steady speed of 80 RPMs. The speed is perfect for preventing frothing, foaming or oxidizing, as well as ensuring that your choice of fruits and veggies get thoroughly juiced for all their worth. The compact but classy device comes with a reverse function to clear out any clogging, and an automatic eject function to let you get rid of the excess pulp and continue juicing without hassle. Ideal for juicing anything from chunks of fruits and veggies to slivers of leafy greens like wheatgrass, this juicer is simple to assemble and disassemble and to rinse down post-use.
Choosing the Best Juicer for Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass is jam packed with goodness, boasting a long and impressive list of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and more. To get all of this out of the wheatgrass and into a glass you can knock down before breakfast, though, you need the right juicer.
While centrifugal juicers might work for the occasional fruit smoothie, we highly recommend opting for a masticating juicer when it comes to wheatgrass. The slower speeds and auger-churning function ensures that all vestiges of nutrients are squeezed straight out of the wheatgrass – or whatever other produce you’ve chosen to juice – leaving you with discernibly more juice and drier pulp. The slower speeds also prevent the chlorophyll from oxidizing – the greener your juice, the better, since chlorophyll is attributed to a heap of health-related benefits, including detoxifying, managing blood sugar, battling free radicals to slow down the signs of aging, and more.
If you’re looking for a manual alternative, hand-crank operated juicers are also an option, intrinsically ensuring you go slow, steady and completely thorough in wringing out all the green goodness of wheatgrass, without necessitating an arduous amount of time with pestle and mortar grinding away. Look into options that let you secure the device to your table or countertop so you don’t risk spilling juice and pulp everywhere, as well as one with smoothly functioning, hygienic components which are easy to detach, re-attach and clean up, and sturdy enough to last many foreseeable juicing sessions.