Baby Broccoli (sprouts!)

Care of Amy Symington If you are looking for the food that provides the absolute most nutrition bang for your buck, you must meet the mighty broccoli sprout. These powerful little guys pack a mean nutritional punch and you can grow them in your own home for minimal investment! Seeds cost only a couple dollars to grow massive amounts of greens right in your own kitchen (or office, or living room,   really anywhere!) making them a great winter produce option. You have probably heard that the cruciferous veggies of the world (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts etc) are incredibly healthy. This is thanks in part to a compound called sulforaphane, which has been the center of much cancer research. Sulforaphane actually improves the liver’s ability to detoxify toxic compounds in the body, including carcinogens (cancer causers).  As confirmed by several studies, this compound means cruficerous vegetables protect against many types of cancer, especially that of the breast. Because of this, cruciferous vegetables are considered some of the most nutrient-dense plants on Earth. Recently, researchers have discovered that the sprouts of these veggies can contain up to 100 times the amount of sulforaphane as fully matured vegetables. This is especially true… Read More

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10 Easy Ways to Use Sprouts

Care of Lisa Pitman   Photo care of Vegan Cookbook Critic 1. Add fresh sprouts to any salad or rice bowl to boost the nutritional profile. 2. Dump a handful of green sprouts (e.g. sunflower sprouts) into a fruit smoothie to satisfy your greens quotient. 3. Make your own Essene or Manna bread by combining sprouted wheat berries, a drizzle of olive oil and your favourite flavour additions (raisins, cinnamon, nuts, seeds, etc.). Bake small loaves slowly at a low heat in your oven or dehydrator. 4. Enjoy sprouted quinoa or sprouted lentils as the base of a hearty summer salad. 5. Stuff a handful of sprouts into a whole wheat pita with roasted veggies and hummus for a protein-packed lunch. 6. Wander over to your local juice-bar for a shot of wheatgrass sprouts. 7. Use sprouted flax or chia as the base for an Omega-rich cracker. 8. Enrich your favourite smoothie with extra protein by the powder of ground sprouts – lentil, flax, chia, pea (you can make your own or use a commercial source like Vega). 9. Puree green sprouts into your favourite dips – hummus, white bean, nuts – to add fresh flavour. Read More

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Food of the Month: Super Sprouts

Care of Amy Symington  Sprouting has become a tremendously popular pastime and is right up there hobby-wise with growing your own herbs. They are as versatile as herbs and fortunate for us, have a whole lot more to offer in terms of nutrients too. Sprouts can come from a variety of different legumes and grains; anything from mung beans to lentils to barley is fair game; the most popular and illustrious sprout of course being the alfalfa. Be warned though that some legumes or grains aren’t meant for sprouting and can be hazardous to your health, such as kidney beans. Thankfully instructional guides come with at-home sprouting devices that can lead you to blissfully safe sprouting. However, if the parental duty of sprouting your own doesn’t sound like a walk in the garden to you, then hit up your local market or grocery store and they will more than likely have a few tasty types to select from. Why eat your sprouts? Nutritionally speaking sprouts are bursting with goodness, packed with digestible fibre, proteins, amino acids, Vitamin A, C, D and E, B vitamins, antioxidants and phytochemicals, most of which help with damaged cell repair and protect us from illnesses… Read More

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