5 protein-packed sprouting superfoods
Plain old chia and freekeh have had their day in the sun – the new high-protein morsels shooting off the shelves are sprouted grains. Find out why these nutritional bombs are more than just a low-carb filler
Alfalfa has been sprouting up in the kitchens of the wholefood brigade for some time; now it’s time the rest of us got in on the act. The sprouts of this plant act as filters for your blood to flush out toxins and maintain healthy circulation. They also help with the digestion of protein, ushering the rest of your breakfast in the direction of your muscles.
Your store:Couple with scrambled egg on rye toast for the freshest protein kick in the morning.
Feeling the heat? De-stress with this sprouted grass. A rich source of magnesium, it will instantly lower blood pressure, while the hefty accompanying tryptophan kick will ensure a decent night’s sleep after a nutritious dinner.
Your store:Steam your sprouted millet before tossing it into a stir-fry; dress with rancid-resistant sesame oil to further protect your heart.
You probably already know about the myriad health benefits of quinoa (and if you don’t, ask a Notting Hill housewife) but soaking it for 12 hours and letting it sprout ramps the rewards up even further. Specifically, sprouting activates beneficial enzymes, delivering a bigger protein punch and priming antioxidants to soothe your muscles post-workout.
Your store:Stir into a salad with broccoli, feta and pomegranate seeds for a one-course muscle growth multivit.
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OK, so technically this isn’t a grain, but then neither is quinoa. It does sprout, however, and this is the key: allowing garlic to germinate (ie leaving it at the back of the fridge for a week) drastically improves its metabolite profile, increasing its already potent antioxidant potential.
Your store:Roast a chicken with 40 cloves of sprouting garlic (yes, really – it’s a rustic French classic) for the ultimate flu-fighter.
Hailing from Ethiopia where it accounts for 20% of crops, teff is the endurance fuel of champion runners. Rich in protein, calcium and iron, it’s also high in resistant starch fibre that helps manage blood sugar, keep weight in check, and maintain energy levels. Perfect for a dope dinner.
Your store:Naturally gluten-free and highly versatile, substitute wherever you’d normally opt for rice and reap the benefits.
Sprout your own
Cultivate your own superfoods in three easy steps with the Nourished Kitchen’s Jennifer McGruther
Add your whole grains to a jar and cover with lukewarm water. Let them soak overnight then drain through and rinse. Put back in the jar. Place a square of cheesecloth over the jar and secure it with a rubber band. Tip the jar at an angle upside down.
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