Sprouts – A Powerhouse of Nutrition;
Sprouts— be it chick peas, mung beans, alfalfa and etc—whichever one you choose, however you choose to prepare and eat it and wherever you choose to buy them—just make sure you eat them as the list of their health benefits is almost never ending. I buy them from the local Chinese Green Grocer and they are so wonderfully fresh and crunchy that you could just snack on them without any seasoning—the kids think it is a funny thing to eat—but boy do they enjoy eating it and making jokes about the plants that they are eating—and how it is going to be growing in their stomachs or how they are going to be growing big and strong because they are eating a growing plant. We enjoy eating it when it is seasoned, flavoured and added to some salad greens. Oh yes it does take time eating and chewing them—your mouth even gets a bit tired so that makes it a bonus for the diet you are following. Like I mentioned earlier the list of their health benefits is never ending, however I have just picked a few of their essential benefits and it starts here:-
- They are low in calories, low on the glycemic index and a very good source of protein – which makes it an excellent diet food.
- It is a potent source of antioxidant which is essential for protecting the body against diseases and strengthening the immune system.
- A good source of essential fatty acids – which lacking in many diets, a source of fibre which is helps to keep you fuller for longer.
- A good source of vitamins – the vitamin density of some seeds can increase from as much as 100% to 2000% after several days of sprouting.
- These wonder beans are packed with a host of essential minerals, and the sprouting process makes them much easier for the body to utilize.
- While sprouting if you allow them to reach a leafy stage, they are rich in chlorophyll which is a powerful blood cleanser and builder.
Sprouts & Seeds Salad (Serves 4)
375ml mung bean sprouts
100ml shredded iceberg lettuce
100ml pak choi
50ml sesame seeds
50ml sunflower seeds
25ml pumpkin seeds
75ml diced pineapple (optional)
Juice of 1 medium size lime (15ml)
3ml lime zest
10ml olive oil
5ml crushed cumin
5ml finely chopped red/green chilli (optional)
- Mix all of the vegetables, seeds and sprouts together
- To make the dressing, mix salt, sugar, lime juice, lime zest, olive oil, cumin and chilli, if necessary add a few drops of water and allow the dressing to stand for about 10minutes
- Pour dressing over the salad just before serving