Looking for a healthy, undetectable add-in for your meals and smoothies? Let me introduce you to my friend, Wheat Germ.
The unprocessed embryo of wheat kernel is loaded with healthy goodness. It’s simple taste and texture compliments food and pairs easily with baked goods, breakfast delights and shakes.
What can Wheat Germ do for you?
Wheat Germ is loaded with fiber, making it a weight loss super tool. It also helps improve metabolism and balance our hormones, which can improve our stress level. The high levels of vitamins E and B found in wheat germ helps our skin look its best and boosts our immune systems.
Vitamin E also promotes anti-aging and fights cancer, while vitamin B aids in digestion.
Pregnant woman and those who suffer from anemia should incorporate wheat germ into their daily diet thanks to its high iron content. Folic acid brings down the homocysteine levels in blood and prevents damage to the arteries. Lowering your homocysteine levels can also help reduce your risk of heart disease, osteoporosis bone fractures, and dementia.
When considering your brain, wheat germ also helps you out with octacosonal, which improves mental agility and alertness. And for your heart, wheat germ lowers your LDL (lousy) cholesterol and triglycerides.
When cooking with wheat germ, it’s interesting to note that it contains a phytonutrient called L-ergothioneine. This powerful antioxidant (unlike others) is not destroyed by heat.
Don’t forget that wheat germ is another great source of protein and omega-3’s! Plus, Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, and Zinc.
Purchasing, Storing and Cooking with Wheat Germ
You can find a canned jar version of wheat germ at almost any super market. Fresh wheat germ smells kind of like toasted nuts. An unopened can has a shelf life of a year. Once opened, you can store wheat germ in the refrigerator for about 9 months.
When baking, you can substitute half a cup to a cup of flour with wheat germ. You might want to add a teaspoon or two for every quarter cup substituted because wheat germ tends to absorb moisture. Try sprinkling wheat germ onto your pancake and waffles or into your morning bowl of cereal.
It’s also a tasty topping for your yogurt. Plus, it’s perfect for your shakes and smoothies…
Wheat Germ Smoothie Recipes
Wheat Germ Smoothie (from Dr. Oz!)
• 6 oz Greek yogurt
• 1 cup almond milk
• 1/4 cup almonds
• 1 cup blueberries
• 4 strawberries
• 1/4 banana
• 1 tbsp wheat germ
• A few ice cubes
Add Greek yogurt, almonds, almond milk and ice to blender and blend to desired consistency.
Add berries, banana and wheat germ and re-blend until smoothie is completely mixed. Enjoy!
Banana Peach Wheat Germ Smoothie
• 1 ripe medium banana
• 1 cup frozen peaches
• 1 cup vanilla low-fat or nonfat yogurt
• 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
• 1/4 cup wheat germ
• 1 cup crushed ice
Place all items into blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!