Have you ever heard, tasted or seen micro-greens? You probably have, but just wasn’t sure what those cool looking sprouts were. In this post, you’re going to learn the health benefits of sprouts and why you should be eating them on a daily basis.
So, what exactly are sprouts?
Sprouts, also known as micro-greens, are one of the most nutrient-rich foods (greens) that you can put into your body. They have numerous health benefits; making them a superfood! Sprouts come in different varieties, such as alfalfa (my all-time favorite!) radish, broccoli, clover, beans, and soybeans.
Sprouts are a great source of protein, rich in essential nutrients such as iron, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, manganese, and calcium, and even building bone strength.
Sprouts also contain dietary fiber, folate, omega 3 fatty acids, rich in essential nutrients such as vitamin A, C, B1, B6, and K; they are a brain food, keeping you focused and sharper. Eating sprouts daily can help you look and feel healthy, happy, younger, fit, and strong. These amazing sprouts are anti-aging and promotes longevity. Eating micro-greens boost your energy levels and mental clarity, improves digestion, and keeps the good “bacteria” flora in the gut. They are even high in chlorophyll!
FACT: All the sprouts are epic, but alfalfa sprouts are the most nutritious sprouts out of them all! 🙂
Sprouting allows for the beneficial nutrients to spread and become higher. For example, bean sprouts have an increased amount of vitamins A by 8 times after being sprouted. Thus, sprouts are an excellent source of enzymes and easy to digest. Just as important it is to soak nuts and seeds – it’s important to soak and sprout micro-greens, too!
How do they taste?
Micro-greens are tasty, delicious and crunchy, especially the bean sprouts. Although I didn’t really like alfalfa sprouts when I first tried it, I soon became a sprouts fan. I love micro-greens (especially alfalfa!). One of my favorite ways to use alfalfa sprouts is in my salads. The BEST.
The cool part about these epic micro-greens is, you can grow them yourself for CHEAP at home! Be sure to buy organic and non-GMO seeds! This is very important, as non-organic micro-green sprouts are genetically modified!). And you don’t really need a garden to grow them. They can grow in a mason jar with water and sunlight, and give them 3-4 days to sprout! If you’re interested in learning how to grow your own alfalfa sprouts, follow these simple and easy directions. You can purchase organic and GMO-free seeds here. Anyone can grow micro-greens at their home, no matter where you live!
How To Use Micro-Greens
One of my favorite ways o eat micro-greens are in my salads. They also make an excellent addition inside veggie burgers, sprinkled on top of pizza and soups, inside wraps, and more! You can get creative with sprouts. They remind me of spaghetti noodles. They melt so epically inside a dressing or vinaigrette.
One vital thing I’d like to point out is, sprouts don’t last very long. They only last up to 3 days fresh in the fridge. If they aren’t eaten within 3 days, they will go sour. And trust me, you don’t want to be eating sour sprouts. They taste is eww. 😛 But from my experience, sprouts don’t taste fresh on the 4th day. They begin to become water, smelly and sour. So, eat fresh sprouts quickly before they sour! 😉
I really hope you enjoyed reading this post. I hope it made you realize how epic micro-greens are. Please feel free to comment, share your thoughts & ask me any questions in the comments below.
I’d like to know – do you like micro-greens? If so, what are your favorite ways to eat them and which sprouts do you like best?