Alfalfa sprouts remind me of hay or the fake grass used to stuff Easter egg baskets – the sprouts are intertwined and stringy. They are white with tiny green tops and are moist and crisp when fresh. Alfalfa sprouts are a common food staple in the raw vegan diet because of the high natural protein content. One serving of alfalfa sprouts will provide you with 3 grams of protein and 1 gram of fiber. These sprouts are great to add some protein and fiber into your salad, wrap, or sandwich.
Alfalfa sprouts are great for these 5 reasons:
1) High in protein
2) Good source of fiber
3) Contains lots of vitamin B,C,D,E and K, calcium, chlorophyll and other minerals
4) Helps to reduce LDL (the bad) cholesterol and lower blood pressure
5) Reduces inflammation therefore may help minimize arthritis pain
These are just some of the many reasons why alfalfa sprouts are a great addition to any diet. Because these sprouts are grown so far deep into the soil, they absorb and retain the minerals and nutrients essential to bodily function. Sprouts also contain antioxidants that help to reduce free radicals in our bodies.
Makes sure when you are buying alfalfa sprouts that the white stringy parts are not yellow or brown. A batch usually will cost you less than $2 and can go a long way into many meals – a variety of salads and sandwiches. One caveat – a few years ago there was an incident of a salmonella outbreak with alfalfa sprouts where nearly 100 people in 15 states got sick. It is a rare occurrence but can happen. The best way to avoid this is to rinse your sprouts. I have eaten my sprouts without rinsing them and have been fine. It takes an extra step but after you rinse them, dry them off with a paper towel so they are not soggy.
What I love most about alfalfa sprouts is its crunchy texture. And I absolutely love the taste! For those of you who have never tried alfalfa sprouts, it may take a bit getting used to. You can slowly incorporate sprouts into your meals by putting in a little at a time. You can put them in your salads and because alfalfa sprouts are so fine in texture, they will absorb the flavor of dressings quite quickly. You can also put them in sandwiches, you won’t taste the sprouts much but you will absolutely get the crunch!
Tuna fish salad with chopped celery and alfalfa sprouts on a whole wheat bagel