Health Tip:

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Health Tip:
Fri, 12-07-2012 - 1:33pm
HEALTH TIP: For an inexpensive way to obtain fresh, nutrient-dense food, try sprouting (germinating seeds). Sprouts are rich with vitamins, minerals, proteins, and enzymes and deliver them in a form which is easily assimilated and digested. Interesting, since sprouts are live foods, they will continue to grow slowly, and their vitamin content will actually increase after you harvest them. Compare this with store-bought vegetables and fruits, which start losing their vitamin content as soon as they’re picked and often have to be shipped thousands of miles.

Interestingly, germination initiates a chemical transformation in the seed grains that naturally neutralizes the phytates (enzyme inhibitors), thus making them super healthy. Sprouting is a very effective way to add raw foods to your diet. If you can supply a jar, some screen or netting, and rinse the sprouts twice a day, you can grow delicious, organic sprouts in less than a week.

Growing your own sprouts means having your own private supply of fresh organic vegetables every day from a couple square feet of counter space. And seeds can multiply up to fifteen times their original weight. Excellent sprouting choices include alfalfa, almonds, broccoli, cabbage, fenugreek, garbanzos, lentils, mung, peas, radish, red clover, and sunflower seeds. Be sure to refrigerate your completed sprouts. Ideally you want to eat them right after you pick them. Those sprouts are still growing in your plate! Now that’s fresh!
 For an inexpensive way to obtain fresh, nutrient-dense food, try sprouting (germinating seeds). Sprouts are rich with vitamins, minerals, proteins, and enzymes and deliver them in a form which is easily assimilated and digested. Interesting, since sprouts are live foods, they will continue to grow slowly, and their vitamin content will actually increase after you harvest them.  Compare this with store-bought vegetables and fruits, which start losing their vitamin content as soon as they’re picked and often have to be shipped thousands of miles. 

Interestingly, germination initiates a chemical transformation in the seed grains that naturally neutralizes the phytates (enzyme inhibitors), thus making them super healthy.  Sprouting is a very effective way to add raw foods to your diet. If you can supply a jar, some screen or netting, and rinse the sprouts twice a day, you can grow delicious, organic sprouts in less than a week. 

Growing your own sprouts means having your own private supply of fresh organic vegetables every day from a couple square feet of counter space.  And seeds can multiply up to fifteen times their original weight. Excellent sprouting choices include alfalfa, almonds, broccoli, cabbage, fenugreek, garbanzos, lentils, mung, peas, radish, red clover, and sunflower seeds.  Be sure to refrigerate your completed sprouts. Ideally you want to eat them right after you pick them. Those sprouts are still growing in your plate! Now that’s fresh!  
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