Super Sprouting (Super Recipe Included)

SPROUT SOME GOOD

There is something so empowering about the word “superfood”. Although lately the word may have been distastefully regurgitated by health-food product advertisers, I still perk up when I hear of a new product that may give me a new “superpower”. While items like goji berries, golden berries and kombucha have all been discovered and highly promoted, I was surprised that something as power-packed as sprouted grains and legumes wasn’t already on my radar. And well, let’s just say my health food trend-meter is always on high alert.

I first came across a neatly pressed package of sprouted broccoli several months ago at a local vegan festival. After the vendor presented his pitch, I shelled out $5 and made the purchase. After the package arrived home, it sat unopened for months. Primarily because I had no idea what it was, how to eat it, or what benefits it provided. But during a sporadic kitchen cleaning, the lovely green box came back into my life. I became eager, and after a quick internet search I discovered I had a superfood in my cabinet (Yay!). To my splendid surprise I learned that adding a fabulous taste  and flavour to classic dishes, salads and sandwiches wasn’t the sprout’s only role. Sprouted grains and legumes such as broccoli, chickpeas, quinoa and buckwheat are considered to be an easy, meat-free and highly digestible protein source. They also have a distinctively crunchy texture and juicy, sweet but subtle taste. Packed with minerals, vitamins, healthy disease-averting compounds as well as protein, they are also great for overall digestion. In addition sprouts allow for better absorption of key minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc. And if all that wasn’t enough, many will be glad to know that the uncomfortable, bloated feeling that can follow a meal of lentils or soy will be averted if you opt for the sprouted version!

So that’s all great right? But how do you incorporate sprouts into your diet? I brought my researching skills to the kitchen and found a DELICIOUS Broccoli Sprout Salad Recipe that seriously made me feel a little more like superwoman. This recipe makes a great side dish or main course. Try it out tonight!

Broccoli Sprout and Arugula Salad with Blackberries and Papaya (serves 4)

Ingredients

1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice
2 tablespoons all-fruit blackberries preserves
2 tablespoon flaxseed oil (optional)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
4 ounces broccoli sprouts
6 cups of baby arugula (about 3 ounces)
1 cup cubed papaya
1/2 cup chopped almonds

1 cup fresh blackberries

Preparation:

1. In a small bowl, combine grapefruit juice, blackberry preserves, flaxseed oil and olive oil. Whisk together until the well blended and slightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper and set aside

2. In a large bowl, combine broccoli sprouts, arugula, papaya, and almonds; toss with just enough dressing to lightly coat. (Refrigerate remaining dressing for another use)

3. Divide greens among four serving plates. Top with blackberries and serve!

To find out more information about a variety of sprouted grains/legumes, and instructions on how to sprout your own at home  (as well as other delicious recipes) check out Alive Magazine’s September issue here .
 
So, the reason I love “superfoods” is this: although there is no magical potion or powder (that I’ve discovered) to give me superwoman wings, these tasty new sprouted alternatives sure make me feel pretty fly 🙂
Happy Sprouting Lovelies!
-Elina

Happy Monday!!!

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Well folks, another weekend has just ended and we are starting a new week. So instead of sulking in the Monday blues, look forward to all the wonderful things you are going to accomplish! Recognize all the opportunities that will come your way and take advantage of them! Remember there are “NO ACCIDENTS IN THE UNIVERSE”, so observe everything that happens and make the best of every situation!

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas A Edison

Here is a funny video that puts everything in perspective:

https://www.youtube.com/v/J7Y6WXioVnw?version=3&hl=en_US

Happy Monday Everyone, Namaste!

-Elina

Happy Monday!!!

This week I encourage everyone to let go of any fears of the unknown and go for it!  Make things happen!

“If opportunity doesn’t knock – build a door.”

-Milton Berle

A cute and hilarious video to start the day with a smile on your face. Just one of the wonders of the world..

 

Happy Monday Everyone!

E

Monday Blahs?

If you are one of the many people who happens to have the case of the Mondays, keep reading!

To wash away the most painful day of the week, I’ve decided to start off every Monday  with an inspirational quote to get you moving and a tip for insuring a fabulous week ahead! So smile away your Monday “Blahs” with some great motivational words and a video or photo that will get your week off to a positive start! (I also suggest a cup of your favourite green tea)!

So STOP hating Mondays and start embracing them! Here is this weeks Happy Monday! post:

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly”

-Buddha

We can all use a little human contact XO…

Happy week ahead & Namaste 🙂

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