When I think of “food as medicine” I almost always think of sprouts. These tiny little morsels are a power house packed full of nutrients. Almost any seed, grain, legume or bean can be sprouted but some of my favorites are aduki beans, alfalfa, lentils and mung beans.
The reasons sprouts are so good for you has much to do with their cycle of growth. Anything in a growth phase will be beautifully rich in nutrients. Protein content can increase between 15 – 30%, great news for adding more balance to your salad at meal times, not to mention some added crunch. Other nutrients available in the sprout include increased levels of vitamins B, C, E and K. Beta-carotene, the precursor to vitamin A is also increased as is calcium, iron and phosphorus. Sprouts also contain enzymes that help with the digestion of foods and contain good levels of fibre.
A beautiful live food full of vitality and goodness in every bite that will help to support the health of multiple systems in your body including the digestive, circulatory and immune system. So next time you shop don’t walk past the little packet of sprouts, give them a taste and reap the health benefits.
Just make sure you buy organic or better still consider sprouting your own!