I thought some of you may appreciate a little inspiration to reform your diet in 2012. Here’s a story about the Williams sister ( Venus & Serena) going Vegan. Like me Venus is embracing this dietary change for health reasons. Serena is making the dietary change to support her sister (now that’s being a supportive sister). You go girls!!
Today I am quite excited as I am expanding my vegan meal options. Yesterday I blogged about sprouting at home & today I am eating my own sprouts tossed in a raw kale salad. I also decided to make my first vegan potato salad today. Now, I didn’t follow anyone elses recipes or even a potato salad recipe I tried before – I just went with what appealed to my taste buds today and it was delicious!!! Here is a close up:
Ok, I mentioned in my last post that I would post a few words about sprouting. Now, this is unbelievable for me because I do not have a green thumb, index finger or pinky! Seriously, I don’t think a chia pet would grow for me. Well, there is hope – a few days ago I decided that I would try sprouting for the first time. I love alfalfa sprouts on my sandwiches and when I have fried rice I’d always ask for extra bean sprouts or keep a bag of them in the fridge to throw in the rice myself. I think I’m a pretty good sprouting candidate so I went to Kramer’s & found these + seeds. yeah :-)
Sprouting is the practice of germinating seeds to be eaten either raw or cooked. Sprouts are very nutritious and rich in enzymes so eating them promotes good health. Studies show that sprouts containing a greater concentration of vitamins, minerals, proteins, enzymes, phytochemicals, anti-oxidants than when the plant in mature. In addition, tests have shown that the nutrients in seeds and nuts are anywhere from 50% to 400% greater after sprouting or soaking. There are numerous seeds and beans that can be used for sprouting. Ann Wigmore, known for the nutritional benefits of her diet program which included high levels of living enzymes in fresh raw foods like wheat grass juice and fresh sprouts. She was a pioneer in revealing how natural foods helped the body to detox & rejuvenate itself – you like God intended. For my first time, I am sprouting alfalfa seeds and mung beans.
I have read quite a bit about the health benefits of sprouting (there are also some negative stories out there, but I feel much better about seeds and beans I sprout in my home than the various genetically engineered foods offered to us today). Growing sprouts in your home is easy and it takes only a few minutes of care per day. Just soak, rinse 2x/day and drain. It’s also very economical! Try adding sprouts to your favorite sandwich, salad or other meal to super charge the nutritional content. You can use a variety of sprouts to make a sprout salad like I learned during a Raw Food Prep Class at Karyn’s.
Well if you want nutritious, organic, whole foods for pennies on a dollar try sprouting! I am….