Health and Nutrition: Sprouts Protein

Sprouts, specifically alfalfa sprouts, that’s what I’m growing. I purchased the Victorio VKP1014 4-Tray Kitchen Seed Sprouter and started the day I got it. I used to love the texture and taste of it in sandwiches and salads, but where I live those tasty green morsels are hard to come by. And, I want my own, freshly grown-organic sprouts!

Recently I read an article on juicing them and that really peaked my interest! Can you imagine?sprouts

About Sprouts

I’ve read and heard for a long time that sprouts are very nutritional, but I never put that much emphasis on them. Not any longer. Today I’m particularly interested in the protein value of sprouts.  Now’s the time for a little more research.

What makes sprouts nutritious?

Sprouts are very nutritious, as they contain all the elements that a plant needs for life and growth. The simple process of sprouting brings out many enzymes in germinated seeds, legumes, and grains, making them easier to digest. It also increases the amounts and bioavailability of protein, vitamins and minerals, transforming them into nutrition powerhouses. Overall, sprouts provide excellent quality nutrients and, by weight, are the rich sources of an array of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. – Vegetarian Nutrition

sproutsI received a package of alfalfa seeds with my growing kit and I wanted to see exactly what the benefits of alfalfa sprouts are. After doing a little research I found that alfalfa contains 35% protein and are abundant in vitamins A, B, C, E and K. Alfalfa sprouts contain the  minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Also carotene, chlorophyll, amino acids and trace elements. How awesome is that?

After reading some more I found that lentil sprouts are a good source of protein too. A 1-cup serving of fresh or cooked lentil sprouts contains about 7 grams of protein, according to USDA figures. Yabba-Dabba Doo! I want some of that! I’ll buy lentil seeds and grow them with my alfalfa.

So, if you’re like me and looking for the most nutritional foods out there, it appears to me that the good ole’ tasty sprouts that I used to get in my sandwiches are just the ticket. They’re also a good source of protein and it’s the kind of protein I can live with (I’m distancing myself from eating meat).

I’ve continued growing sprouts on and off since I got my growing kit. I like Certified Organic Alfalfa Sprout Seed -1 Lb – Handy Pantry Brand Seeds For: Salad Sprouts & Sprouting. Basically all spouts are delicious, so what ever seeds you get, grow and enjoy!

Thanks for reading and next I’ll share what I’ve learned from juicing this little, green, wonder food . So, what do you do with your sprouts? Put them on salads? Please share with us and happy juicing!

Sources for this article include:

Vegetarian Nutrition: Sprouts: Super, Simple, Nutritious and Healthy

Health Eating Advisor: Sprouts Have The Highest Concentration Of Nutrition Per Calorie Of Any Food

LIVESTRONG: Lentil Sprouts and Protein

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Rich Donahue

I am a natural health enthusiast and hold a Bachelor's Degree in Natural Health from the Sandy Hill Institute for Natural Sciences. My website PRIME Juicers is dedicated to people who enjoy juicing and want to improve their health and lose weight by juicing fresh fruits and vegetables. I also write about blending, nutrition and natural health. Please join me and have fun juicing! (I may be an affiliate for products that I recommend. If you purchase those items from my links I will earn a commission. You will not pay more when buying a product through my link.)

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  1. Filip
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    Yes, yes, and one more yes for sprouts! 🙂

    One interesting detail about broccoli sprouts – the have a lot of sulforafan (much more then in ripe broccoli). Sulforafan can help us in fight with helicobacter pylori, which is often overgrowth in our stomachs.

  2. Health and Nutrition, Sprouts Protein is very helpful for everyone helth. Thanks for sharing this nice blog.

  3. Paul Huseon`
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    Thats really cool.I’m going to have to try that. Thanks Paul.
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  4. Karen
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    I never thought to add these to my protein bars Vincent great idea, Ill definitely try this one. I love them in salads but now I have a second use for them 🙂
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  5. Vincent
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    I often will juice and then add them to my protein bar recipes. It is a great way to add healthy and beneficial protein to my bars (even if it does sometimes turn them an ugly green.) Great article.
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  6. Jack Wordy says:

    Hey I knew about sprouts all along but never that it can help us in this manner.
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  7. Manish Kataria
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    One should never underestimate the power of these green super foods.
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  8. Spencer says:

    I never had any idea that sprouts were so nutritious. I would usually stay away from them, but now I know that they have great nutritional value I might start eating them. Just need to find a way to slip them into my food without noticing a taste difference.
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  9. Rich Donahue
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    Thanks Nick. Yeah, I was surprised at how easy sprouts are to grow. They can be incorporated into so many things too. Best wishes!
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  10. DI says:

    Type blood “O” highly benefits from sprouts of any kind. I have got to try this green…very valuable info. Thanks
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  11. ricki says:

    To be honest, Although I’m not a vegan, I really love vegan foods than meats :).
    I hope I can find recipes about sprouts too…
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  12. Brian
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    Great article – My new thing is eating edamame. They are a great protein source, add a little salt and soy sauce and your good to go.

  13. wheyproteinpowders says:

    Proteins may serve as enzymes, structural elements, hormones, immunoglobulin, and many other functions. They are also involved in transporting oxygen, contracting muscles, transporting electrons and other activities throughout the body and in photosynthesis.

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