An Introduction to Sprouted Food:
The Super Food “Powerhouse of Nutrients”
The most powerful, enzyme-rich food are sprouted seeds, grains and legumes. Sprouted foods, or sprouts, are a nutrient-dense, living and growing whole food. Sprouts are alkaline and packed with vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants.
A single seed contains all the information and nutrition required to germinate and become a plant. When you eat a sprouted seed, you access the seed’s life-force and easily assimilate all its health benefits.
Sprouts are the food for long-term health and wellness, as they can prevent diseases and lifestyle-related ailments. Best of all, sprouts are the cheapest and most convenient source of complete nourishment.
Overview of Health Benefits
Sprouts are extremely easy to digest, allowing the human body to quickly, efficiently, and completely access the health benefits inherent in sprouts. Sprouting the seed pre-digests the food for us by breaking down the concentrated starch into simpler carbohydrates and the protein into free amino acids, so our own digestive enzymes don’t have to work so hard. If you’ve ever had trouble digesting beans properly, just sprout them and you’ll have no trouble at all.
Green sprouts are a good source of chlorophyll, said to have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Sprouts are highly beneficial foods for losing weight too. They keep one full for a long time and also prevent over-eating as one feels satisfied on consuming just a handful.
Fountain of Youth
When the seed is soaked in water, enzymes are released as it germinates and sprouts. Sprouts are the most enzyme-rich food on the planet. And enzymes, which are made out of vitamins and minerals, are the most vital factor to sustaining our body’s life processes. Without enzymes, we would be dead, and enzyme depletion is a fundamental cause of aging. Staying biologically young and healthy is a matter of keeping enzyme activity in our bodies at a maximum. That is exactly what sprouts do, which is why they can be called the fountain of youth. The enzymes in sprouts aid human digestion and cell regeneration. Sprouts provide enzymes that will help to slow the aging process, prevent and cure disease, and strengthen your immune system.
Sprouts also have a regenerating effect on the human body because of their high concentration of RNA, DNA, protein and essential nutrients which can be found only in living cells.
How to Integrate Sprouts Into Your Diet
Sprouts are so easy to add to one’s diet – they can be eaten with anything! And especially in winter, when fresh, local produce is more difficult to come by, sprouts provide a consistently reliable source of fresh, high-nutrient vegetables rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, and B vitamins. This will keep your immune system strong and your health in top condition.
Sprouts can be added to every meal! Each sprout has its own unique delicious flavor and texture. Experiment with different sprouts and see what your favorites become. A few ideas:
- Add to stir-fries
- Cook and serve with rice
- Add to soup or stews
- Add to sandwiches and wraps
- Garnish a steak, a roast or a baked potato
- Add to salads, or make a sprout salad!
- Top a slice of pizza with a handful of sprouts
Have you ever heard of a vegetable that continues to gain vitamins after being harvested? Sprouts do! Sprouts are living foods. Even after the sprouts are harvested and refrigerated, they will continue to grow slowly, and their vitamin content will actually increase. Contrast that with store-bought fruits and vegetables, which start losing their vitamins as soon as they’re picked and often have to be shipped a thousand miles or more in the winter.
Store your sprouts in a sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator, and they will last for approximately 2 weeks.
Where to Buy Serafina Says Farm Sprouts and Microgreens
Freshly harvested sprouts and microgreens are available at the following places:
Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market on Sundays from 11-2pm (June 2 – Oct 27 and Nov 24 – March 2, 2014)
Available to order for delivery to restaurants, caterers, health food stores.