Even though I’ve known about the nutritional benefits of sprouts and sprout juice for quite some time, I’ve only recently started growing my own sprouts and adding them to my juices, smoothies, salads, and other dishes.
However, once I started, I’m really determined to get more sprouts into my diet.
Really, when you think about it, it doesn’t get more local, fresh, and nutrient dense than that.
Sprouts are by many considered a SUPER FOOD – they are probably the most nutrient dense of all foods, while being low in calories, fats, plus incredibly affordable and easy to grow.
Not everyone has a garden – but you can have sprouts growing in your kitchen all year long.
Sprouts can provide you with a steady year-round source of vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, chlorophyll and protein, as well as a high concentration of health and youth-supporting enzymes.
You can have them fresh all year round, even when fresh vegetables are hard to find. It’s much easier than planting a garden outside and they’re ready much sooner. And the best part is that you can grow fresh sprouts right in your own kitchen. It takes less than 5 minutes a day and they are ready in 3 to 7 days, depending on the variety. You can sprout seeds, beans, grains and nuts. Some of the most popular varieties are alfalfa, broccoli, red clover, radish, mung beans, lentils, garbanzo beans and peas.
The essential requirement for health and healthy weight loss is a diet that is high in nutrients and low in calories. Doctor Fuhrman calls it a Nutritarian diet. (You shouldn’t really be thinking of it as a diet in a sense that you do it for a few weeks and then go back to your old ways. It should become your lifestyle.)
Problem is many of the foods we buy at the supermarkets today are not as fresh and nutrient rich as we believe. Many items have to travel across the country (or across the world) to get to where we live. They have to be treated with various life-extending substances and procedures.
And buying supplements can get very costly.
Sprouting is something that anyone can do that is easy to do and will provide tremendous benefits to your health, helping you lose weight, reverse disease, increase energy, or whatever your goal.
Sprouts are really versatile. You can use them in juices, smoothies, blended soups and salads, as well as regular salads, on sandwiches, stir fried with vegetables, or enjoy these nutrient-packed delicacies as a snack all by themselves or added as a garnish to a main dish.
Juicing Sprouts: Alfalfa Sprout Juice Recipe
This is a delicious and refreshing juice which promotes weight loss. You can drink this juice twice a day on an empty stomach to help suppress your appetite. If possible, use organic produce for this recipe.
1 bunch of alfalfa sprouts
1 bunch of kale
2 celery stalks
Which Juicer to Use
You will probably get the most juice and nutrients from your sprouts with a low speed juicer, such as the Omega VRT350HD or other masticating juicer. If you don’t have a masticating juicer (I don’t), you can still juice sprouts, just mix them up with juicy ingredients (like apples) to get the most of them.
I have to admit, since I started growing my own sprouts from organic seeds that I bought here, I’m mostly using my sprouts in smoothies, blended soups, and salads.
I also love just munching on them straight from the tray.
There is no question that it is a bigger investment than just buying a centrifugal juicer, such as Breville, but if you are really serious about your health, and don’t mind the extra time and effort to make your juice, a high-quality juicer may be just what you need.
Read more about buying a juicer in Choosing a Juice Extractor: Which Juicer Machine Should You Buy?