If you are looking to take your health to the next level this year, then be sure to add sprouts to your diet. However, we don’t mean the vegetable that you traditionally find on your plate on Christmas Day, while those sprouts are good for you too, sprouted foods are living foods that are said to contain more nutrients than nearly all other foods!

What are sprouts?

Sprouts are vegetable seeds, legumes or grains that have been germinated. Almost all plant foods can be sprouted, and this process is said to help to increase their vitamins, minerals, and enzymes; allowing their goodness to be easily digested and assimilated by our bodies.

How can sprouts benefit our health?

Sprouts are often referred to as nutritional powerhouses, because they contain everything that a plant needs to grow and they allow us to get the most nutritional benefit from a plant in the most concentrated form.
As well as containing vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, vitamin B, vitamin K, iron, zinc, calcium and more, sprouts are also packed with fibre and protein, and are a great source of enzymes that are important for our health.

Some of the benefits sprouted foods can offer:

Improved digestion:

Due to their high enzyme content, sprouts can be great for aiding with digestion, as they help to break down food and improve the absorption of nutrients by the digestive tract.

Immune system:

Sprouted foods such as wheatgrass, contain huge amounts of vitamin C and chlorophyll (one shot is the equivalent to 1kg of juiced green vegetables!), so, alongside a balanced diet, they can be great for supporting the immune system.

Recovery:

Sprouts are a great source of the amino acids that make up protein, which is an important nutrient when it comes to muscle repair, recovery, and growth.

Antioxidants:

Sprouted foods are rich in antioxidants, which are important for helping to protect our body from disease.

How to eat sprouts

Sprouts are a versatile and convenient way of adding some extra goodness to our diet. Our Happy Pear sprouts come ready to eat, so they couldn’t be easier to use in everyday dishes! Here are some of our favourite ways to eat these beauties:
  • In a yummy veggie salad; try out our Asian Salad recipe here.
  • In a sandwich; one of our favourite toastie combinations is a slice of toasted rye bread, topped with our Happy Pear Sundried Tomato Pesto, some avocado, and a garnish of our Alfalfa Sprouts! Delish!
  • Sprinkled on, or blended into soup
  • Blended into a smoothie or juice
  • Added to vegan sushi wraps; check out our vegan sushi ideas here
  • Mixed into a vegan pancake or chickpea omelette; take a look at our vegan omelette here

There really isn’t much that you can’t add sprouts to! They are the perfect garnish on nearly all savoury dishes! A favourite snack of ours is some rice cakes or oatcakes spread generously with our Happy Pear Hummus, and topped with some of our Pea Shoots- epic!

Wheatgrass

Humans cannot digest grasses by eating them, as they are too fibrous for our stomachs to digest. So the ideal way to take wheatgrass is by juicing it. We shared all our top tips on this in a previous blog post, which you can check out here.

Our Happy Pear Sprouted Products:

We have been running our sprout farm since 2009, where our team are passionate about growing the highest-quality certified organic sprouts, including Alfalfa Sprouts, Bean Mix, Hero Sprouts, Pea Shoots, and our Happy Pear Wheatgrass. These products are available to buy in our Happy Pear shops, SuperValu stores nationwide, and selected independent food stores.

So, be sure to pick up a pack the next time you’re out shopping and start adding some sprouted goodness to your diet! Let us know how you like to eat yours!
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