Seeds have three parts – germ, endosperm and bran. The germ is the part that germinates, or nourishes new sprouts. Wheat germ is a concentrated source of various nutrients. An ounce provides greater than 20 percent of the Daily Value of folate; thiamin; Vitamin E; selenium; manganese; zinc and phosphorus. Wheat germ is also a good source of fiber; protein; and omega 3 fatty acids. Purported health claims involve wheat germ and cancer treatment outcomes; stimulating the immune system; and treating autoimmune disease. More data is required to determine a true benefit of wheat germ in these health claims. Wheat germ is available whole or in oil form. Blended fruit drinks, or smoothies, are the perfect recipes in which to incorporate wheat germ into the diet, and instantly boost nutritional intake.
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Fresh Green Smoothie
For a fresh vegetable-fruit smoothie, just add 1-½ cups of milk, soymilk, rice or almond beverage; 4-tbsp. wheat germ; ¼ cup frozen mango; ½ cup frozen berries; 1 small banana; 1 cup chopped kale; and 1 cup chopped spinach to your blender and blend until smooth.
Cherry Almandine Smoothie
For a sweet and nutty treat, blend the following ingredients in a blender: 2 cups of milk, soymilk, rice or almond beverage; 1-¼ cup frozen cherries; ¼ cup almond butter and 4-tbsp. wheat germ.
Triple Berry Smoothie
Keep packaged frozen berries on hand for this smoothie favorite. Combine 1 cup blueberry juice; 1 cup milk, soy milk, rice or almond beverage; 1 cup frozen mixed berries; 4-tbsp. wheat germ in a blender and blend until smooth.
Tropical Fruit Smoothie
This recipe is like sunshine in a glass. Add 1 cup frozen mango; ½ cup pineapple chunks; 1 cup plain yogurt; 1 cup pineapple juice; and 4 tbsp. wheat germ to a blender and blend until smooth.