Many of my clients complain they cannot get high quality fresh fruits and vegetables. There is another way you can add 'fresh' to your daily meals. Sprouts, in their various types, can add texture, variety, color, enzymes, essential fats and a ton of vitamins and minerals to your life. My favorite thing about them is that they are alkaline, unlike the seeds that they are made from. You can use sprouts both during intense fat loss and as a way to enhance general health. At the end of winter, when spring fatigue is knocking on your door, it may just be the way to go.
You can read about all the amazing benefits of sprouts in this article!
For a beginner, quinoa is an easy seed to start with. All you need is:
1. 1 cup quinoa
2. 2 cups water
3. a large bowl
Wash the seeds very well and put in the bowl, covered with water, in a light place at room temperature. Cover. Change water three times, every 8 hours in the next 24. The seeds should have little tails growing - your sprouts. Wash for the last time carefully, dry well and store in the fridge for a few days. Ziploc containers are the easiest for storage.
You can use sprouts on salads, in breads and baking recipes, mixed with yogurt or fruit. Here is what I had for an afternoon snack:
Apple Greek yogurt with honey sprouts
To make 1 you need:
1 cup greek yogurt
1 steamed apple, meat only, mashed
2 tbsp quinoa sprouts
Mix all very well and serve with a tsp of honey and some sprouts on top. Enjoy!