Sunflower green sprouts, considered a “Super Food”, are the young seedling of the sunflower or Helianthus Annuus.
Sunflower green sprouts consist of long white to yellow shoots, slightly thinner than that of a bean sprout, capped with two petite bright green leaves.
Sunflower green sprouts offer a refreshing crunch and a slightly nutty flavor with nuances of lemon and almond.
Sunflower green sprouts provide a significant amount of vitamin B, vitamin E and zinc. They also contain chlorophyll, potassium and magnesium. Sunflower green sprouts offer all the amino acids needed to form a complete plant protein and have upwards of twenty to twenty-five percent protein.
1. Boost your fertility with sunflower seeds and sprouts: Both sunflower seeds and their sprouts contain high amounts of zinc. Zinc is a well-researched mineral that is essential for the development of sperm, which is why it is especially important for men.
2. Sunflower sprouts are high in B vitamins, especially folate: Folate (or folic acid) is a necessary B vitamin for pregnant women, needed to ensure proper development of the baby’s nervous system. The combination of B vitamins also assists in the mother’s circulation as well as aids in stress relief.
3. Boost your antioxidant capacity with sunflower sprouts: Both sunflower seeds and their sprouts contain high amounts of vitamin E. Vitamin E works synergistically with vitamin C and selenium to reduce blood pressure, increase the elasticity of arteries and prevent heart disease.
4. The sunflower sprout is a natural expectorant for chest congestion: In Ayurvedic medicine, these sprouts are thought to have the ability to encourage clearance of the lungs. Natural expectorants may also be used as a preventative measure against lower respiratory infections to deter the invasion of pathogens.
5. Sunflower seed sprouts are a great vegetarian source of protein: Protein is well known for its ability to repair muscle tissue and aid in enzymatic functions in the body. But protein is also important in bone development and the prevention of osteoporosis, as it acts as the fundamental framework for the development of the bone matrix and continues to support bone strength throughout life.
Sunflower green sprouts are perfect for adding flavor and crunch to a variety of different preparations.
Add to sandwiches, wraps and quesadillas to add texture and moisture.
Use in sushi or salad rolls.
Serve atop soups or stir-fried noodles.
Add to green, grain and stacked salads.
Puree into fresh juices and smoothies for a nutritional boost. RECIPE BELOW …
Sprout to Life Shake Recipe:
Makes 4 cups
Sprouts are a live food, which makes many nutrients more available for digestion and assimilation. Sunflower seed sprouts are rich in B vitamins and essential amino acids — precisely the nutrients your adrenal glands need to work at their optimum. Cleansing your tissues is more important for stress reduction than many people realize. If your cells are struggling to function because they are full of toxins, then you will be less resilient to stress, be it psychological, physical, or environmental.
2 cups (500 mL) filtered water
1 cup (250 mL) apple cider or juice
1 cup (250 mL) fresh pineapple, sliced
1 cup (125 mL) sunflower seed sprouts
2 tbsp (30 g) hemp or sunflower seeds
1 tbsp (15 ml) lemon juice
Directions: Add all ingredients to a blender, and mix until desired consistency is reached.
For info and recipe, thanks to http://www.chatelaine.com/health/diet/five-health-reasons-to-eat-sunflower-seeds-and-sprouts/