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Sprouts Nutrition

May 7th, 2013 10:30:00 pm

Growing Sprouts, a Living Food with Amazing Health Benefits -- Sprouts Nutrition is superior!

 

Sprouts are a “super” food that I have overlooked for some time… I got out of the habit of buying them because I could not find them organic, so I was concerned about the quality. BUT… that has all changed now.  I have adopted a method of growing them that makes it so easy, I have no reason not to just make my own organic sprouts.

 

 Below is some info I’ve researched as to why I’ve now incorporated them into our daily diet. We are loving it and it is fun to do. Gardening without the work!! Here is a picture of my tray of sprouts... they are just ready to go into the windowsill and get some greening going on!!  Sprouts Now Ready for Sun

 

  • Sprouts can contain up to 100 times more enzymes than raw fruits and vegetables, allowing your body to extract more vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fats from the foods you eat
  • Both the quality of the protein and the fiber content of beans, nuts, seeds and grains improves when sprouted
  • The content of vitamins and essential fatty acids also increase dramatically during the sprouting process. Some are about 30 times more nutritious than organic vegetables you can harvest in your backyard garden
  • During sprouting, minerals (calcium and magnesium) bind to protein, making them more bioavailable
  • They are easily grown in your own kitchen, so you know exactly what you’re eating
  • The organic seeds are very inexpensive. So for very little cost and effort, you have a lot of return and again, you know what you are eating!

 

I attempt to sprout a variety of different beans, nuts, seeds and grains and I rotate my “crop” to keep it interesting.

 

We know that the sprouts are great for cell regeneration, and are a powerful source of antioxidants and vitamins and minerals that protect us against free radical damage. But the part that is really interesting to me is that they have an alkalizing effect on your body (and we know cancer thrives in an acidic environment). Since sprouts are rich in oxygen, they help protect us against things that cannot survive in an oxygen rich environment, such as bacteria and viruses and abnormal cells.

 

Several sprout varieties contain more protein than cooked meat-at a tiny fraction of the cost. The presence and balance of amino acids makes this protein more digestible.

 

This is a photo of two favorite meals we've used them on, to enhance flavor. In addition, we just grab a lump of them and eat them! This photo is a picture of a salmon patty with a dollop of hummus on top, topped with sprouts. Yum!  We served ours with sweet potatoe fries and grilled red peppers.Salmon Patty with Hummus and Sprouts

Some Common Sprouts:

 

Some of the most commonly sprouted beans, nuts, seeds and grains are listed below. The ones I’ve tried myself… I’ve commented on taste:

 

  • Lentil sprouts: contain 26 percent protein. These are cool, slightly crunchy. They seem to reflect the soil in their flavor. Earthly. We like them but they are “strong” in flavor so maybe a child would not enjoy them as much as others.

 

  • Sunflower: (if sprouting without soil as described here, make sure to get them hulled) minerals, healthy fats, essential fatty acids, fiber, phytosterols that enhance the immune system, chlorophyll that detoxifies your blood and liver, and is one of the highest in protein. These are big sprouts with substance. The flavor is mild.

 

  • Pea shoots: good source of vitamins A, C and folic acid and one of the highest in protein. These are big in size and a more solid sprout. They can tend to be on the bitter side. Not a favorite but really good for you, so I disguise them a bit by throwing them into salads and soups. I have talked to others who love them though…

 

  • Broccoli: known to have anti-cancer properties, courtesy of the enzyme "sulforaphane". We like the taste.

 

  • 3-part Salad Sprouting Mix: This contains Alfalfa, Radish and Broccoli. This is our ultimate favorite. We grab and eat in a pinch. It is spicy in flavor from the radish and crunchy and fresh tasting. No chalkiness like with the beans. We eat it atop hard boiled egg with hot sauce as a quick breakfast.

 

  • Alfalfa: a significant dietary source of phytoestrogens. Also a good source of vitamins A, B, C, D, E, F, and K

 

  • Wheat grass: high in vitamins B, C, E and many minerals

 

  • Mung bean: good source of protein, fiber, vitamin C and A

 

  • Clover: significant source of isoflavones

 

All right, its your turn. Get your garden kit, or just use a glass jar! Start increasing your intake of valuable nutrients in a quick, easy and enjoyable way. This photo is our new favorite breakfast. Hard cooked egg halve toppped with hot sauce and sprouts. Add a banana and avocodo and you have the prefect meal to start your day. Breakfast of Champions

 

Step 1: Soak you seeds for 6-8 hours depending on the seed. The chart in the kit will tell you how long.

 

Step 2: Pour the seeds into the growing tray and rinse well.

 

Step 3: Cover the seeds so they are in darkness… 2-4 days depending on the seed. They will grow because they are “seeking” light.

 

Step 4: Rinse them 2-3 times a day, drain and re-cover.

 

Step 5: Once they’ve reached proper height, rinse and put them into the sun. Now they grab the chlorophyll they need and turn nice and green. I just put them in a windowsill and it works magic!

 

Step 6: Rinse and dry and store in glass container in the refrigerator.  After two days, if you want, put them back in the windowsill for more greening, after you’ve rinsed them.Sprouts Nutrition

 

My photos show this model of trays, which I love using. I've included a picture of the box. Search "Handy Pantry" for the website. I also get the organic seed there:    Handy Pantry Sprout Trays

Stackable tray sprouting system grows variable quantities and several crops at once. Simple, BPA free. It is inexpensive, easy to use, and takes up very little counter space in your kitchen. There are no small pieces to lose, no moving parts and it stacks higher and higher if you buy multiple sprouters. It will allow you to grow anything from small quantities up to large family volumes. 3 trays is plenty for us! It comes with a handy chart to tell you how long to soak each type of seed and how long to let each type grow.

 

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Alright… and if I didn’t say enough, here is an article reprint from fitday.com… I found it exhilarating to read just how easy I can ward off disease. LET THEM EAT SPROUTS!!!

 

“Scientists are discovering remarkable evidence that eating broccoli sprouts can help treat and prevent disease. The health benefits go far beyond the usual range of vitamins and minerals found in any green vegetable.

 

One ounce of broccoli sprouts contains 4% of the recommended daily value of dietary fiber, 15% of the recommended amount of vitamin C, and 2% of the recommended intake of calcium. Nonetheless, medical headlines about these sprouts have more to do with their remarkable effects on preventing disease than these modest percentages. Broccoli sprouts, which are young broccoli plants that look more like regular sprouts than broccoli, are especially interesting to researchers who are focusing on foods that may help prevent cancer.

 

Sprouts' nutrition is obviously really key in your everyday health and wellness. Inexpensive and easy to grow, as well as enjoyable to consume. Perfect balance!

 

Anti-Cancer Compound: For over 20 years, doctors have carefully studied human nutrition, as they look for clues as to what kind of diet may help prevent cancer. Findings suggest that fruits and vegetables are beneficial in preventing cancer. In recent years studies at Johns Hopkins and other universities all indicate that broccoli sprouts may be just what nature ordered to ward off cancer.

 

A chemical compound in the sprouts, sulforaphane, may treat or prevent several cancers, including prostate and breast cancers. This is a compound that may stop the growth of malignant tumors. Whole broccoli has suforaphane, too, but not in as large an amount as the sprouts. One university study found that the sprouts have 10 to 20 times more sulforaphane than whole broccoli.

 

Gastric and Respiratory Aid: A study from Japan says that broccoli sprouts show evidence of protection against a rampant stomach bug that can lead to ulcers. The authors of the study go even further to suggest that eating broccoli sprouts may prevent stomach cancer. These sprouts can also chase away respiratory ailments like asthma. When you eat broccoli sprouts, your body takes on greater levels of antioxidant enzymes. These enzymes keep your airways free of tissue damage.”Stacking Trays

 

 

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