Friday, July 29, 2011

The power of Sprouts

Sprouts are one of the most complete and nutritional of all foods. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins and enzymes. Their nutritional value was discovered by the Chinese thousands of years ago.

There is a very popular riddle which sums up the beneficial properties of sprouts. It goes something like this:
· Requires neither soil nor sunshine but is still rich in vitamins and minerals.
· Has not been subject to chemical sprays while growing
· Is extremely economical and in preparation has no waste.
· Grows anywhere and rivals meat in its nutritive protein value
· Can be grown indoors within a minimum amount of space.
· Multiples 400% or more in 5 days
· Matures in 3-5 days?

The answer is sprouts, of course!

Anything can be sprouted: vegetables, grains, pulses etc. Sprouts provide the vital plant protein that is required in a vegetarian diet, along with a multitude of other benefits for our general health and, more specifically, our skin health. They are easy to grow, easy to cook, easy to digest.

High Nutrition: We all know that sprouts are rich in nutrients, but did you know that their nutrition value is many times higher the nutrition value of the original beans and seeds from which they sprout? In fact, whole dried peas have absolutely no Vitamin C, but when sprouted they provide more Vitamin C per ounce than a fresh orange!

Sprouts contain more anti-carcinogenic properties than most other foods and are thought to contain one of the most potent cancer-fighting properties known to the world of medicine.

Few tips:
Sprouts are delicious in gravies.

· They make an interesting addition to salads.
· They are a good soup topping instead of croutons.
· They can be eaten raw on their own, or sprinkled with salt, pepper and lemon.
· They are excellent in Chinese stir fries.

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