Essential Amino Acids

According to wheatgrass is PACKED full of Amino acids and proteins! I just consumed 17 grams of wheatgrass! Photos of "My Wheatgrass Juice" and my little recipe are below.

Their Protein Quality / Amino Acid score gives wheatgrass a 76 and a 92 in the completeness score:

Protein quality is dependent on having all the essential amino acids in the proper proportions. If one or more amino acid is not present in sufficient amounts, the protein in your diet is considered incomplete.

Each spoke on the Protein Quality graph represents one of the nine essential amino acids, and the graph shows how close the protein in your diet is to the optimal distribution of amino acids recommended by the Institute of Medicine's Food and Nutrition Board.

An Amino Acid Score of 100 or higher indicates a complete or high-quality protein. If the Amino Acid Score is less than 100, a link is provided to complementary sources of protein. By combining complementary proteins, you may be able to increase the overall quality of the protein you consume.

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*A Completeness Score between 0 and 100 is a relative indication of how complete the food is with respect to these nutrients. Although few (if any) individual foods provide all the essential nutrients, the Nutrient Balance Indicator and Completeness Score can help you construct meals that are nutritionally balanced and complete.

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The images below are from the same website. I am showing what 4 grams of wheatgrass has in it. I put 17 grams on the scale and then I threw it in our vitamix! Why the vitamix instead of my "stuffed pepper" scheme that I blogged about earlier? Because I wanted to be sure to get ALL of the amino acids (if possible) or at least maximize it! Exactly what I did and ingredients for the juice... under the photos.

Okay... so what is inside?

My Wheatgrass Juice
17 grams of Wheatgrass
4 ouces of water
2 pears
2 Fuji apples
2 long stems of Red Seedless Grapes
Yield: about 28 ounces of "My Wheatgrasss Juice."

I first took 17 grams of wheatgrass and 4 ounces of water and put them in our vitamix to ensure that I wasn't going to waste any of this potent 'grass' via the high powered juicer. I know placing the wheatgrass inside the vitamix container would confine all of it in one place. I wanted to limit the water, as I had no idea what it would taste like.  I started the vitamix, went to 10 and then powered in on high for about 15 to 30 seconds.  Upon lifting the lid off, I was overwhelmed by the SMELL!  WoW!  This stuff is POTENT! I'm not going to lie, I was nervous!

I grabbed 2 LONG strands of red grapes, 2 pears and headed to the Breville! Upon loading up the juicer I started it. Mixed that juice with the wheatgrass 'juice' and gave it a good stir.  Yeah... NO!  The smell and the taste... (as I licked off the spoon) was still a LOT! I reached for 2 fuji apples.  Not any, but two COLD ones out of the fridge! Upon obtaining those I tossed them into the Breville too! Once the apples went through, I stirred together my little mixture.  The spoon test was "okay" at best. But not unbearable. Besides, I already had almost 30 ounces of juice.  I needed to consume it.

I did consume it all! Even the froth! It was okay. Next time, I'll add another apple.  Or maybe a jicama.  No. Probably an apple or more grapes.  I really think this flavor battle is going to be won by sweetness! Jicama juice has a sweetness to it, but not that powerful. Maybe a honeydew or a cantaloupe melon would go well with this.  Ahh... a papaya, maybe.  All of those are SWEET. Almost to sweet to be juiced on their own (in my opinion).

I made and drank this juice around 2:45 am... my wife calls me a mutant.  I had JUST finished up a 39 minute Insanity workout. And I wanted to get something in my system.  When I learned of how 'complete' wheatgrass is, it was an obvious choice.  I'll weigh myself in the morning and update all the the weight loss widget then.  
As of this morning (Wednesday Feb 20th):
I had lost 41.8 pounds in 38 days! 


  1. I wanted to limit the water, as I had no idea what it would taste like.amino acids

    1. If you limit your water, I'd suggest not limiting it below the recommended 8 glasses, 64 ounces. If a body doesn't feel like it is getting enough, it hangs onto it. Once can be carrying around a lot of pounds in sheer water weight alone. Drinking enough water actually promotes a body to release the water weight it is clinging on to. Oh... and the the wheat grass is so much better and easier to drink, in my opinion, when it is mixed with something, like the recipe I did above.