Living optimally requires diversity of food. You want to consume a broad spectrum of nutrients. You want your body to get everything it needs to energize you and build strong immunity. You want the best nutrition from easy & delicious real food. You want satisfaction.
Figuring out how to keep fresh and nutritious food in the colder months needs a new mindset. Unless you live in a state with year round growing climate, the green produce in the store is largely void of nutrition. It wasn’t picked at the peak of ripeness. Harvesting produce at the peak of ripeness implies optimal nutrition. What nutrition it had was lost traveling a long distance to your store.
Grow some real lively food at home year round. It is simple and easy, to keep a little green going and growing in your own home. Leafy greens are known for their rich anti-oxidants, flavonoids, and other vitamins with minerals to keep immunity strong and energy high.
Phytonutrients are one of the most valuable compounds found in leafy greens. Think of phyto nutrients as ‘Fight O’ …. they fight off immune stressing colds and viruses associated with the winter months.
Grow your own sprouts.... An easy way to add nutritious fresh food to your food life in the winter months.
· Sprouts contain proteolytic enzymes which aid digestion.
· Sprouting increases B vitamins and carotene.
· Sprouts can neutralize phytic acid that inhibits mineral absorption.
· Sprouts add fiber, have protein and are low glycemic.
· Sprouts are versatile. Put them in eggs, wraps, sandwiches, soups, stews, salads, smoothies.
· Sprouts go barely noticed by those unaccustomed to real lively food (think young and adult kids!)
According to Dr. Mercola, ‘The vitamin E content, for example (which boosts your immune system and protects cells from free radical damage) can be as high as 7.5 mg in cup of broccoli sprouts compared to 1.5 mg in the same amount of raw or cooked broccoli.’ Dr. Mercola goes on to praise sprouts as an excellent source of nutrients like Vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium and more.
You can sprout almost any grain or seed except for flax and oat seeds. Fallon and Enig (1999) do not recommend sprouting alfalfa seeds. A Fresh Wellness Mindset details healthy benefits and ‘how tos’ for the time tested tradition of sprouting foods. The recipe to grow sprouts on your kitchen counter is included in the book. The book is loaded with tips, guides, easy everyday recipes and ideas to Personalize Your Food Life, because one diet isn't right for everyone.
Alternatively to growing sprouts in a mason jar in my kitchen, I also grow them in a small growing tray with lights in my basement. It takes about two minutes a day to check on them. They are ready to eat in a week’s time. Contact me for my directions to grow sprouts in a lighted tray. I will happily send you the directions. Hint: you don’t need an expensive tower contraption or be obligated to buy their minerals and supplies.
Food doesn’t get fresher than home grown sprouts. Fresh food is the most nutritious.
Give it a try! because Wellness is True Happiness™
This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent disease. This article has not been reviewed by the FDA. Always consult with your primary care Physician or Naturopathic Doctor before making any significant changes to your health and wellness routine.
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Reference: Fallon, S. & Enig, M. (1999). Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats. Brandywine: NewTrends Publishing, Inc.