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Eat Sprouts – For a Healthier Lifestyle

Grow Sprout, Eat Sprout – who me?

I think it is about time I shared my experience with sprouts. More accurately, with growing sprouts and of course eating them.

When my friends first started on this new lifestyle thing, I was along for the ride. Of course, we all chipped in and bought the sprout growing stuff. I think the experts called them “sprouters”. So, I followed the instructions and grew some sprouts. Confession: I never ate that first batch.

Sure, I read all the good stuff about enzymes and vitamins and all the sprouting goodness. I even read those eat raw stuff posts like “10 Great Benefits of Eating Raw Food & Juice“. But somehow, growing up with meat and potatoes has taken its toll on my ability to do what is good for me!

Anyway, to cut a long, really long story short – I did it. Over the weekend, last week, I decided to try. So, what I did was to get this recipe: “Chicken-Alfalfa Sprout Sandwich To Go“, and got down to it. This was my maiden attempt at eating raw, eating sprouts. I was proud of myself. Now, I would declare myself a national hero if this thing tasted as bad as I imagined it would. Unfortunately for my award-hungry self, the chicken-alfalfa sprout sandwich actually tasted quite good. I have always enjoyed a salad or two. But deliberately looking to eat sprouts, especially raw ones, well, I don’t do that too often.

For those of you who are as chicken (stubborn!) as I was, I would suggest to try. Eating sprouts ain’t half as bad as you think. In fact, I think I will try the curry recipe next – Sprouted Lentil Cucumber Curry Salad!

Highly Recommended for Additional Wisdom:

The Raw Secrets – The Raw Food in the Real World by Frederic Patenaude

11 Reasons Why You Should Start Sprouting

Why do I sprout? And why do I encourage people to sprout? Well, these are the 11 reasons I can think of:

Moth Bean Sprouts at 3-day old1. LOW COST Seeds can multiply at least 7 times their weight, and some seeds can do 15 times. At USD2.50 per 500 g for a packet of organic seeds, you can yield many, many plates of self-grown organic greens that will last you for weeks.

2. HIGH NUTRIENTS Sprouts harvested at 3 -5 days are at their prime. Baby Sprouts when eaten raw are best. Raw foods are considered “live food” because of the high concentration of enzymes, minerals, proteins, vitamins, T-cells, RNA, DNA, bio-flavinoids, etc. The nutrients your body absorb is much more when compared with matured vegetables. Check out my previous on benefits of eating raw food.

Black Bean Sprouts at 3-day old3. CLEAN & ORGANIC No chemicals, no pesticides, no synthetic fertilizers or fumigants. No artificial man-made stuff that can make you sick. Lots of harmful bacteria and germs are in the non-organic food we consume.

4. FAST ACCESS. To enjoy “live” food anytime, anywhere, grow them yourself. You don’t have to worry if your nearest supermarket doesn’t carry stock or they look limp and yellow.

5. QUICK GROWTH You only need a jar, a strainer or a flour sieve from your kitchen, water 2-3 times a day and ordinary room light, and the seeds will sprout within days. You definitely don’t need green fingers to grow and harvest sprouts. Guaranteed. These pictures here are moth beans and black bean sprouts at 3-day old. Lovely, aren’t they?

6. GREEN & FRESH You harvest and you eat. Guaranteed no loss of nutrients. Those vegetables that’s sitting in hot warehouses and transportation trucks will lose some of their vitality when brought to the stores.

7. DIGESTIBILITY The delicate cell walls of baby sprouts release elemental nutrients. Abundant enzymes make them easy to digest even for those with weak digestion (NOTE: very young children, the elderly and those with known medical conditions should consult their physician)

8. WIDE VARIETY You can find all sorts of seeds to sprout. From sunflower seed, red lentil, wheat grass, buckwheat, lettuce, mung bean, alfalfa, moth beans and more. Click here for the list of sprouting seeds you can sprout.

9. NEW MENU You can experiment making sprout breads and buns from sprouted wheat, rye, or barley. Snacks from sprouted peanuts. Do a Chinese stir-fry with mung bean sprouts (if you really need to cook it, do it fast and light).

10. ECOLOGY Be nice to our planet. By growing your own sprouts, you know you don’t contribute to high energy consumption and pollution. There will not be airplanes or fuel/oil consumed to deliver this food to you. Plus No petroleum based pesticides or synthetic fertilizers will be used.

11. CURES & TREATMENTS Another reason which we sprouting enthusiasts firmly believe in: Cure Diseases and Ailment like cancer and osteoporosis, acne, ezcema. I dare not vault for the rest but as an eczema suffer, I know taking a decent amount of sprouts does help to clear the skin. If you are a fellow-sufferer, I’m sure you understand why I bother to try out any holistic and alternative treatments just to stop the stinging and frustrating itch! So besides observing other do’s and don’ts , I’ve added sprouts as one of the must-have to keep my eczema at bay.

Highly Recommended for Additional Wisdom:

AmazingSprouts.com : the best course in sprouting.

Cure Your Eczema in 14 Days

Healthy-E-Meals.com for easy to prepare healthy recipes.

The Raw Secrets – The Raw Food in the Real World by Frederic Patenaude

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Use Flour Sieve for Sprouting

In an earlier post, I shared that I used a plastic strainer, a pair of chopsticks and a plate to grow my sprouts. I like to share my latest experiment which proves to be a great choice.
Flour Sieves - stainless steel and plasticI now use a stainless steel flour sieve, easily found in supermarket or baking shop. Flour sieve can in different made and sizes. The picture here shows you the stainless steel and plastic options. The stainless steel flour sieve I chose is about 8 inches in diameter which meant ISprouts in Flour Sieve can grow enough sprouts for myself with some leftover to keep in the fridge for the next day.

Why do I like the flour sieve better than the strainer?

1) The stainless steel body and the wire-mesh bottom is sturdy. The weight of beans and water does not make the bottom “sink” like the plastic strainer.

2) The 2 handles at the side made it easier to grip.

3) The sieve can stand on top of a plate, a bowl or a tray without taking much space. The handle of the plastic strainer sometimes pose a hazard as I had accidentally knock it off once too often.

You can buy a sprouting jar or a sprout dome but you may be better of using these common kitchenware as recommended in the highly recommended Crash-course in Sprouting @ Home. The advantage is you can use that same kitchenware for other purposes when you are not sprouting.

Highly Recommended:

AmazingSprouts.com to get started with sprouting in just 5 days flat.
Healthy-E-Meals.com for easy to prepare healthy recipes.
The Raw Secrets – The Raw Food in the Real World by Frederic Patenaude


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10 Great Benefits of Eating Raw Food & Juice
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When Do You Eat the Sprouts You Grow?

These are the frequently asked questions people put to me:

3-day old and ready to eatWhen do you eat the sprouts you grow?

Do you trim off the roots?

Do you eat with the husk?

When can one eat the sprouts they grow? Well, it all depends on your taste buds. You can eat it when it is young at 3-day old or slightly more matured at 5-day old. The best time to harvest your sprouts is between 3 and 5 days. The moth bean sprouts you see here are only 3-day old and they taste yummy as it is, without cooking, salad sauce or any seasoning. The Crash-course in Sprouting @ Home has more specific information on this & a best harvest times for a long list of sprouts.

Does one eat with or without the roots? Again it’s your preference. Chinese eat mung bean sprouts (commonly know as “tow gei”) with the head, body and tail all in tact. However, fine Chinese restaurants would normally trim off the yellow heads and the root portions to make it a neat stack of silver rods. They look gorgeous, taste wonderful, when lightly stir fry with green spring onion, red chilli, yellow, orange carrot, small cubes of salted fish with a little oil and garlic. So there’s no hard and fast rules, you can eat it all or trim it off.

Do you eat with the husks? You can if you want for added fibers. But getting rid of the husks from the grown sprouts are rather tedious. My friend, Taarak (who graciously put his e-report on enzymes for free download at this site – see sidebar for more info) has a technique shared in his sprout e-book which is expected to launch in Dec’07. I’ll keep you posted when the time comes.
Sprouting is easy even when I work 10-days a week. Raw vegetable and juice gives us more enzymes and help to revitalize and rejuvenate our body better and faster.

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Highly Recommended:

AmazingSprouts.com to start enjoying sprouts with less than 20 min a day.
Healthy-E-Meals.com for easy to prepare healthy recipes.
The Raw Secrets – The Raw Food in the Real World by Frederic Patenaude


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Nutrients in Alfalfa Sprouts, Mung Bean, SoyBean, Wheat & Radish
10 Great Benefits to Eating Alfalfa Sprouts
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Alfalfa Sprouts Protect Against Cancers & Osteoporosis
Is it Safe to Grow Your Own Sprouts?
Sprouts for body-building?
Eat Sprouts To Cure Eczema
Eat Sprouts to Treat Acne

What’s Your Sprouting Equipment? Mine’s a Strainer

How did you grow your sprouts?

I did it really simply without spending a single cent, thanks to the amazing Crash-course in Sprouting @ Home. I made use of what I already have in the kitchen. I used a strainer, a pair of chopsticks and a plate. To keep insects off the growing sprouts, I would cover the strainer with a piece of netting. You can even improvise by using soup bag, woollen laundry bag or the likes as long as there’s tiny holes to allow air circulation.

However, you can do the more professional ways by getting a sprouting jar or the multi-tier beauty called dome sprouter.

Sprouting Jar Dome Sprouter

There is honestly no hard and fast rules on sprouting. The only rules are get organic seeds, grow them with care and eat them with love.

Eat Greens, Eat Healthy, Be Healthy.

By the way, if you haven’t download Taarak’s The Secret of Longevity, you can fill up your name and email at the sidebar. That free ebook discloses why and how the enzymes in sprouts help us to stay healthy and live longer. BTW, it’s just a free ebook that my sprout enthusiast friend wrote in response to us harassing him for weeks. So, there is no ads whatsoever to get you to buy this or that.

Highly Recommended:

The Ultimate Crash-course in Sprouting @ Home
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The Raw Secrets – The Raw Food in the Real World by Frederic Patenaude


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10 Great Benefits to Eating Alfalfa Sprouts
10 Great Benefits of Eating Raw Food & Juice
Alfalfa Sprouts Protect Against Cancers & Osteoporosis
Is it Safe to Grow Your Own Sprouts?
What About Eating Raw Foods?
Sprouts for body-building?
Eat Sprouts To Cure Eczema
Eat Sprouts to Treat Acne

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Nutrients in Alfalfa Sprouts, Mung Bean, SoyBean, Wheat & Radish

Do you know what are the nutrients in various sprouts like Alfalfa Sprouts, Mung Bean, Radish, Soybean and Wheat? Find out now! Check out this table:

 

Nutrients of Various Sprouts

(Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Sprouts have gained much popularity in the past decade as more people become aware of the value in healthy eating and healthy living. You might be surprise to know that many people in China and Middle East have been eating sprouts for thousands of years. To illustrate, Mung beans (Vigna radiata – aka green beans) have been used in Chinese foods since recorded history–though usually in cooked dishes and deserts.

Today, sprouts in the United States are a $250-million market. Some 475 U.S. sprout growers produce 300,000 tons of sprouts every year, according to the International Sprout Growers Association. As many as 10 percent of Americans eat sprouts regularly. There are just so many benefits of eating raw sprouts and raw food and juice.

To know more about sprouts and how the enzymes found in them can help to achieve better health and longevity, you would definitely want to download this FREE REPORT entitled “Secret of Longevity” written by Taarak, a Sprouts Enthusiast. It was written as many of his friends have been asking him why he sprouts and eats them every single day. So for the sake of sharing this information that he has discovered, he wrote this eBook. It is a very simple eBook, and, don’t worry, there are no advertisement or whatsoever in it to prompt you to buy this and that.

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Chicken-Alfalfa Sprout Sandwich To Go

Chicken-Alfalfa Sandwich Ever since I learned the 10 Great Benefits to Eating Alfalfa Sprouts, I do my best to include alfalfa sprouts in my diet. Since the enzymes were at its richest in raw stage, I don’t cook the alfalfa sprouts. The same applies to carrot. I just wash and add them to my bread.

It’s a quick fix and it’s a delicious meal when you wash it down with a glass of cold lemonade, honey or milk. Alternatively, you can also blend a fresh pineapple-afalfa juice drink. It’s a good change to eat in the comfort of my office compared to joining the hustle and bustle at the deli down the road. Sometimes, I much prefer to eat in the office with a good book.

The recipe is really simple and you can easily add more items to suit your taste buds.

Chicken-Alfalfa Sprouts Sandwich

2 tbsp alfalfa sprouts
2 tbsp carrots, shredded
1/2 cup chicken, skinned, boned, cooked and diced
1 tomatoes, diced
1/2 green peppers, diced
1/2 lettuce, shredded
1 tbsp ow-fat mayonnaise

To live well, you need to eat well. As a busy executive, I know it’s not easy to balance live well and eat well. We find it more convenient to grab a quick bite a fast food joints or pop a TV dinner in the microwave oven. You can consider joining the member’s only website that caters to busy people who want to live a healthy lifestyle! Recipes, snacks, fitness and motivation tips and more. All for one low price! I found this Healthy-E-Meals.com site, and you can check it out too if it has all the healthy recipes you need too.

Highly Recommended:
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10 Great Benefits to Eating Alfalfa Sprouts
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Alfalfa Sprouts Protect Against Cancers & Osteoporosis
Is it Safe to Grow Your Own Sprouts?

What About Eating Raw Foods?
Sprouts for body-building?
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DIY Fresh Pineapple-Alfalfa Sprout Juice Yourself

Pineapply Alfalfa I picked up this juice recipe, using pineapple and alfalfa sprouts, from Rio Caliente Hot Springs Health Spa. I like the idea of experiencing both the goodness of pineapple and alfalfa in just one single drink. How easy can that be?

Benefits of Pineapple
1. Pineapple is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Its nutrients include calcium, potassium, fiber, and vitamin C. In addition, it is low in fat and cholesterol.

2. One of the benefits of pineapple is that it helps to build healthy bones. Pineapples are rich in manganese, a trace mineral that is needed for building bone and connective tissues. Just one cup of pineapple provides 73% of the daily recommended amount of manganese. Pineapple can effect the growth of bones in young folks and the strengthening of bones in older people.

3. Pineapple is good for colds and coughs. While you can take extra vitamin C or drink extra orange juice when you got a cold, consider eating pineapple too. The benefits of pineapple are the same as the benefits of orange juice, but there is an additional benefit in the form of Bromelain. It has been found to help suppress cough.

I have discussed the 10 Great Benefits to Eating Alfalfa Sprouts in an earlier post. Essentially, alfalfa lowers cholesterol, contains enzymes, regulates bowel movements etc. It is found that the benefits of alfalfa are maximized when it is eaten raw. It will be helpful if you read the 10 Great Benefits of Eating Raw Food & Juice too.

Sweet & Healthy Pineapple-Alfalfa Juice

(serve 4 -6)

Ingredients
1/2 fresh pineapple, peeled and cored
1/2 lb. fresh alfalfa sprouts
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
6 cups water
honey to taste
ice to taste

How to Prepare
Place all the ingredients into a blender.
Blend until smooth.
Strain and discard the pulp.
Add ice and honey.

To live well, you need to eat well. As a busy executive, I know it’s not easy to balance live well and eat well. We find it more convenient to grab a quick bite a fast food joints or pop a TV dinner in the microwave oven. You can consider joining the member’s only website that caters to busy people who want to live a healthy lifestyle! Recipes, snacks, fitness and motivation tips and more. All for one low price! I found this Healthy-E-Meals.com site, and you can check it out too if it has all the healthy recipes you need too.

Highly Recommended:
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Alfalfa Sprouts Protect Against Cancers & Osteoporosis

Is it Safe to Grow Your Own Sprouts?

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Is it Safe to Grow Your Own Sprouts?

AlfalfaThere have been quite a few news stories regarding salmonella contamination in sprouts. Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings that sprouts could be contaminated with food poisoning bacteria and advises the senior citizens, children, and those with compromised immune systems to avoid raw sprouts.

Quite scary when I first read it. But on deeper exploration, I believe that these “news stories” have been exaggerated. If you are a sprouting enthusiast, I’m sure you share the same sentiments. Even if you are not, I’m sure you have heard the other “scary news” – that health food could be bad for you? The reason cited was that you might overload your kidneys and pancreas. Basically, the other school of thought also tells you that you don’t have to take any vitamin supplements and don’t need to drink mineral water because all the nutrients you need can be easily obtained from food. However, these people seems to forget, or choose to ignore, that lots of nutrients in food are altered or totally lost these days because of GM, pesticides, loss of nutrients in soil, over-processing etc.

I would still do sprouting at home. I would still eat raw food and juice especially alfalfa. I would recommend anyone who like to grow his/her own sprouts to practice safe sprouting. Here’s two simple precautions that I follow:

1. Use certified organic seeds.
Organic certification means that the seeds were grown and handled in such a way that minimizes possible sources of contamination.To cite one example, manure used on organic fields must be composted for a long period of time. Composting reduces or get rids of pathogens in manure. Furthermore, licenced organic farmers are required to use rodent and bird proof storage for seeds meant for sprouting or eating. As far as I know, organic sprouting seeds have not been implicated in any outbreak of food poisoning.

2. Consume same day after harvesting
Best to eat the sprouts on the same day they are picked. However, if you can’t finish them all, pack them in a box and refrigerate them. Treat sprouts and foods containing sprouts just as you would any food – refrigerate until use.

Generally, some common sense precautions and good cleanliness habits will go a long way to ensuring that you will enjoy a healthy diet. This applies not just to sprouts, but also to any other raw foods that you take, for example: salads, fruits and nuts.

Check out my earlier posts why eating sprouts is good for you: 10 Great Benefits to Eating Alfalfa Sprouts, 10 Great Benefits of Eating Raw Food & Juice and Alfalfa Sprouts Protect Against Cancers & Osteoporosis.

Highly Recommended:
The Raw Secrets – The Raw Food in the Real World by Frederic Patenaude

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10 Great Benefits of Eating Raw Food & Juice
Alfalfa Sprouts Protect Against Cancers & Osteoporosis

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10 Great Benefits to Eating Alfalfa Sprouts

AlfalfaMiddle-Eastern cultures have long used alfalfa as fodder for horses, claiming the wondrous vegetable increased speed and strength of the animals. This led to the name “Al-fal-fa” meaning “father of all foods.”

1. Alfalfa lowers cholesterol. There is convincing evidence that alfalfa lowers cholesterol and improves the cholesterol panel (HDL vs. LDL). Several studies confirm that alfalfa supplementation reduced blood cholesterol levels, particularly for people suffering from a type of high cholesterol known as type II hyperlipoproteinemia. Fibers and chemicals in alfalfa stick to cholesterol, so that the cholesterol cannot stay in the blood and hence cannot be deposited on blood vessel walls. Alfalfa also lower bad cholesterol (LDL) while leaving good cholesterol (HDL) alone.

2. Alfalfa contains essential enzymes which are required for food digestion. There are 8 enzymes present in alfalfa:

  • Lipase – fat splitting
  • Amylase – acts on starches
  • Coagulase – coagulates or clots blood
  • Emulsin – acts on sugar
  • Invertase – converts cane sugar to dextrose
  • Peroxidate – oxidizing effect of the blood
  • Pectinase – forms vegetable jelly
  • Protase – digests proteins

3. Alfalfa regulates bowel movement and reduces inflammation. Chemicals in alfalfa have mild diuretic properties which help the kidney to get rid of excessive water from the body, and regulate bowel movement. By removing excessive water, swelling and inflammation in the body (such as legs and arms) will also be reduced.

4. Alfalfa helps fight infection -The chlorophyll in alfalfa is an effective barrier against bacterial invasion because of its stimulation effect on the growth of connective tissue and granulation tissue.

5. Alfalfa is rich in vitamins including vitamin A as beta carotene, B6, B12, C, D, E, and K

6. Alfalfa is rich in minerals including calcium, magnesium, potassium, sulfur, iron, cobalt, manganese and zinc.

7. Alfalfa is high in protein

8. Alfalfa is low in calories so no one can say they grew fat eating alfalfa.

9. Alfalfa helps in food digestion

10. Alfalfa slows down the aging process. This enables you to maintain your youthful looks longer, and stay energetic and healthy as you mature over time.

Additional Wisdom on a Healthy Lifestyle
A FREE e-book on the importance of enzysme in sprouts by Taarak, a fellow writer at this blog
A FREE e-course on stop smoking painlessly.

Guide to Sprouting at Home by P S Taraak

The Raw Secrets – The Raw Food in the Real World by Frederic Patenaude

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What About Eating Raw Foods?
Sprouts for body-building?
Eat Sprouts To Cure Eczema
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Sprouting – What Can You Sprout?

One of the most common sprouts you will find among the Chinese would be the mung bean sprout. It has a white stem and usually, a light yellow top. For salads, the alfalfa is probably one of the most common sprouts used.

But if you have decided that sprouting is fun and healthy, and you want to create a diet of sprouts, don’t restrict yourself. There are many different types of sprouts that you can taste. In fact, each type of seed contains different combinations of vitamins, trace minerals and other goodness. So, it is actually a good idea to have a wider variety of sprouts in your diet. You can read about the goodness of sprouts in other posts within this blog if you have not done so.

Mung Bean or Green BeansI found a great list of sprouts and links to information about them over at Wikipedia. So, I thought to share them with you here. As mentioned, besides the mung bean (Vigna radiata – aka green beans), there are a host of other seeds you can sprout. Here is the Quote from the Wikipedia:

Other seeds that can be sprouted include adzuki bean, almond, amaranth, annatto seed, anise seed, arugula, barley, basil, kidney bean, navy bean, pinto bean, lima bean, broccoli, buckwheat, cabbage, canola seed, caragana, cauliflower, celery, chia seed, chickpeas, chives, cilantro (coriander), clover, cress, dill, fennel, fenugreek, flax seed, garlic, hemp seed, kale, kamut, kat, leek, green lentils, pearl millet, mizuna, mustard, oats, onion, black-eyed peas, green peas, pigeon peas, snow peas, peanut, psyllium, pepita (pumpkin seeds), quinoa, radish, rye, sesame, soybean, spelt, sunflower, tatsoi, triticale, watercress, and wheat berries.

With all seeds, care should be taken that they are intended for sprouting or human consumption rather than sowing. Seeds intended for sowing may be treated with chemical dressings. Several countries, such as New Zealand, also require that some varieties of edible seed be heat-treated, thus making them impossible to sprout.

Many varieties of nuts, such as almonds and peanuts, can also be started in their growth cycle by soaking and sprouting, although because the sprouts are generally still very tiny when eaten, they are usually called “soaks.”

So, as you can see, there are really many different seeds you can select to sprout. In this way, you not only get a wider variety in your diet, you also get a greater range of vitamins and minerals.

Highly Recommended:
The Raw Secrets – The Raw Food in the Real World by Frederic Patenaude

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What About Eating Raw Foods?
10 Great Benefits to Eating Alfalfa Sprouts
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Alfalfa Sprouts Protect Against Cancers & Osteoporosis

Sprouts for body-building?
Eat Sprouts To Cure Eczema
Eat Sprouts to Treat Acne

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Eat Sprouts To Cure Eczema

You need fruits and greens for fibre, and you will need to add raw bean sprouts in your daily diet if you have eczematous skin. Trust me, you don’t want to resort to steroid pills and spread steroid cream all the time. Even a doctor wouldn’t recommend that for a long term treatment. Holistic treatments can help tremendously. I have tried several methods and eating sprouts is one of the easiest and hassle-free ways that I found and would encourage fellow-sufferers to try.

The easiest way to incorporate raw bean sprouts is to add them into simple daily menus such as salads or sandwiches. Another method is a take a generous helping of raw, fresh sprouts and blend them into a glass of vegetable juice. This should be the first thing you take every morning when you wake.

Sprouts are very special because:

  1. Sprouts are ‘live’ foods that contain a superior quality of ‘life force’. This special ‘life force’ will transform your skin in a very short period.
  2. The nutrient ratio of raw sprouts is higher than in any other foods.
  3. You will not find a food more enzyme-rich than sprouts. These enzymes help with digestion, and this in turn improves nutrient absorption and thereby making your skin healthier.

Beside bean sprouts, alfalfa and wheat berry sprouts are great additions to your diet. The more sprouts you consume, the sooner your skin will recover and rejuvenate. Not only that, you will find yourself less tired and more energized.

You can buy organic sprouts from organic foods shops but they could be expensive. Sprouts are very simple to grow and you can actually do it at home with little effort. There are “how-to-grow-sprouts” guides or manuals, and some even come with a complete kit to help you get started. Eating sprouts (like mung bean or alfalfa)that you grow yourself can guarantee you freshness and assure you that all the nutrients are not lost during the growing or harvesting process.

Start glowing, be healthier by including fresh sprouts in your daily diet. By the way, sprouts also help treat acne ! Nice surprise eh?!

Highly Recommended: “Cure Your Eczema in 14 Days

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Recipes: Sprouted Lentil Cucumber Curry Salad

This tastes as good as it looks!

SPROUTED LENTIL CUCUMBER CURRY SALAD

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Based on this recipe from VeganChef:

2 cups sprouted lentils
2/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/3 cup whole soaked flaxseed
1 cucumber, chopped
1 stalk scallions, chopped
1 whole tomato, chopped
2 Tb cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
2 TB fresh squeeze lemon juice
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp red curry powder
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp mustard powder

Just toss everything and serve. It’s really tasty and not too spicy. You can add more pepper flakes if you like it a little hotter, like me.

Highly Recommended: For those who enjoy great foods of famous restaurants, you can take a look at Copycat Recipes Cookbook. A fantastic resource of more than 750 recipes from top restaurants around the world!

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Learn How To Grow Your Own JAR of Sprouts

Want to be healthy the homegrown way?Now there is no more excuse for not having enough time to grow your own organic food. If you want to learn how to grow your own jar of sprouts, have a look at this great video on simple steps that even a child can follow to nurture your own sprouts.

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Transcript Of The Video

I transcripted some of the highlights of the video that you can come back and read it and do it yourself.

Needed : A lid with a screen from a health food store, Jar, Beans (Lentil)

Step 1: Pour about half about a cup of beans into jar. Pour water in. Ratio for the water to be poured should be about 4 times the amount of beans. Soak beans overnight.

Step 2: The next day, pour the water out of the jar. Leave jar upside down so they drain completely

Step 3: By now, they would have started growing. Keep jar by the kitchen sink and rinse your beans once a day.

Note:

About 3 to 4 days, you can eat your sprouts. Wait until the sprouts are as long as the beans.

Benefits of eating sprouts:
1 – When they grow into sprouts, they are packed full of Vitamin C. 10 times the amount of the original beans.
2 – They also have heaps of food enzyme, which help out digestion and liven up the body.

Extra Information For All Your Sprout Needs:

Types Of
Sprouts You Can Grow
Vitamins Remarks
Lentils B, C Grow into sprouts and it will have 10 times the amount of vitamin C from the original beans. Rich in protein as well.
Alfalfa A, B, C, D,
E, F, K
Rich in many minerals and many enzymes that aids in digestion.
Green Pea Rich in B
vitamins and vitamin C
If you want to get a bowl of salad, green peas is a definite must-have in your salad.
Radish High in
vitamin C and potassium
Contains a rich flavour.
Soybeans A, B, C, E Extremely rich source of proteins.
Sunflower B, D, E Very rich in those vitamins as wel as minerals.
Wheat B, C, E For dry wheat, it has vitamin E but if you grow it into sprouts, vitamin E jumps 3X from its original state. It has many minerals as well.

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Recipes: Energy Soups – boost up your energy levels

Sprouts are an excellent source of vitamin C and also contain many good B vitamins. And you probably won’t find a less expensive way to get these vitamins than from low calorie sprouts. Green leafy sprouts are also a good source of vitamin A. Sprouts are a good source of fiber, protein, and contain enzymes that aid digestion. In addition, sprouting destroys the seed’s natural preservative enzymes that inhibit digestion (see Taarak’s post for a more entertaining explanation of this phenomenon).

There are so many ways to enjoy your raw sprouts. One of the easiest way is to blend a handful of sprouts into whatever you are juicing.

Here’s a “soup” that will give you lots of energy throughout the day. All you need is a blender.

Energy Soup – Southwest Style

1 cup sunflower sprouts (put in bottom of blender).
Add juice of 1 lemon.
Stuff blender with buckwheat and sunflower greens until full.
Fill blender 3/4 full of filtered or spring water.
Add flax sprouts or any other sprout on hand.

Blend until smooth.

Add avocado and blend 30 seconds more.
Serve in soup bowls.

As my kids would say, Easy-Peasy-Lemon-Squeezy 🙂

Do you have a favourite yummy recipe to share? We’d love to try it out! I’ve also got more Energy Soup recipes and a Nori Roll.

(Please check out my recipe for Sweet Sprout Slaw.)

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