Only 14 short days until National Eat Your Vegetable Day! I am sure there is a bright green circle around June 17th. Hip, Hip, Hooray for Vegetables!
Parades? Banners? T-shirts? Are you planning a big ol Vegetarian dinner party? I am sure everyone can feel the excitement building!
I feel all giddy and want to do a little dance. Jazz hands of course, of course.
Ah, the vegetable.
One of my daily goals is to get as much nutrition bang for my buck that I possibly can.
We all are aware that conchiferous veggies are at the top of the list of cancer fighting, cellular enzyme boosting, blood building miracles. YET, you would have to eat 10 SERVINGS of broccoli every day to get its benefits.
I like broccoli but not 10 servings every day like.
We know that the stems of the broccoli plant hold all the nutrition and pure goodness. I am guessing that a whole lot of us chop that part off and toss? Steaming the pretty flower parts and covering them with butter and cheese sauce to get our kids to eat “just two” bites.
While I like broccoli, I am not up for eating a whole bowl for breakfast.
Enter the Sprout.
The “magical” compound in broccoli is a precursor to sulforaphone. If you want more top-notch scientific mumbo jumbo, head over to NutritionFacts.org. You can find out that 3 ounces of broccoli sprouts contain 2 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber if that is what you are counting.
You can find out 1 pound of broccoli sprout seeds will make over 10 pounds of sprouts…………translation……………….as much cancer protecting phytochemicals as 1,000 pounds (half a ton) of broccoli. That is a LOT of broccoli.
You can get all scientific or you can just get a mason jar and a sprout lid and grow your own. Easy peasy. Takes 3-4 days and you are eating sprouts. You can toss them in a salad, top a sandwich or garnish your hot ancient grain cereal for breakfast.
It feels pretty cool to grow your own sprouts. You see results in a matter of hours.
I find myself smiling every time I spy that jar full of sprouts.
I am grateful for clean filtered water. I am grateful for the means to purchase the seeds. I am mighty grateful for the healing power of the sprout. Let’s all give a SHOUT for SPROUTS!
This morning for breakfast I put my hot cereal of Ancient grains in my bowl. I topped with fresh strawberries and broccoli sprouts and toasted almonds. My morning juice of a red pepper, 1/2 a lemon, 1 orange, 3 carrots and 1 inch of turmeric was a nice splash of color & flavor, the perfect accompaniment.
In this together friends.
Here’s to our health and wellness!
Love to hear what kind of celebration you are planning for June 17th!!!