What are the healthiest greens in your alkaline Diet?
Sprouts, seedlings, and greens in your alkaline diet, are the most vitamin-rich and nutrient-packed foods ever. Especially in the cold season, when the regional vegetable supply is not so great, they bring freshness to our plate and provide us with many essential nutrients. But all year round, they are the eye-catcher and offer a varied variety. No wonder that they are now an integral part of the alkaline diet
What is the difference?
In Sprouts, greens or seedlings, it is the freshly germinated seeds of plants. Most of them grow from grain, legumes, or watercress. Although we think the terms are all one, yet all three differ in their different stages of germination.
After the first changes that we can see in the seeds it is called a seedling. It is a relatively young plant that hatches fresh from the seed. We can eat varieties such as mung beans already at this stage.
The sprouts form from the seedling, which is recognized by the growing stems and the first leaves. Roots hardly develop. Usually, after three to five days, the sprouts such as broccoli and radish are already ripe for harvest.
Green or Microgreens
The difference from the sprout to the green is only minimal but still crucial. Sprouts we use together with roots, while the greens we separate from the root and consume only the stems and cotyledons. Due to their different germination times, sprouts and microgreens usually taste a bit different. Greens may grow until they form green leaves. Microgreens are now available in many supermarkets.
What makes them so healthy?
Sprouts, seedlings, and microgreens are an integral part of the vegan diet, as they contain a wealth of nutrients as plant-based foods, but you should not miss out on a balanced diet. The germination process increases the levels of vitamins, iron, trace elements, enzymes, and essential amino acids. If you consume them raw, more nutrients are preserved, which are not destroyed like by cooking or frying.
The essential vitamins and minerals include, among others are:
Vitamin A, Vitamin B, and Vitamin C
Calcium, which is especially important for bone health
Phosphorus, which together with calcium ensures the strength of bones and teeth
Magnesium, which is an essential mineral for nerves and metabolism
phytochemicals that are anti-inflammatory and antibacterial
Essential oils, which provide the scent of some sprouts and digestive and antibacterial effect
Mustard oils, which have a digestive effect
Which varieties are suitable for germination?
Suitable plants for the rearing of sprouts vegetables are cereals: barley, oats, millet, corn or rye. Pulses: Azuki bean, alfalfa, pea, lentils, rice or pea pudding, oilseeds, and other plants: buckwheat, daikon cress, garden cress, linseed, rice, radish, mustard, sesame seeds or sunflower seeds. With this wealth of variants, there is guaranteed no boredom on your plate. However, for beginners, it is best to germinate, especially the varieties of lentils, chickpeas, soybeans, radishes and sunflower seeds.
Sprouted grain becomes the alkaline agent.
In sprouted form, all cereals become base formers. During germination, the proteins contained in the grain will convert into easily digestible protein components, amino acids. The minerals are changed so that the body can absorb them better. The enzyme and vitamin content in the seedling is many times higher than in the dry grain. We activate the seeds by putting them in water.
How do you best preserve seedlings and sprouts?
You should consume seedlings as soon as possible when they reach their desired size. Sprouts that are ready for harvest but you cannot eat immediately can be stored in the refrigerator. Due to the cold, the sprouts do not grow any further. It is best to put the drained sprouts in a sealable glass. You can store them for up to 48 hours. Microgreens, on the other hand, is better to use immediately. Otherwise, it will wither very quickly.
How can you use the sprouts and seedlings in the alkaline Kitchen?
In the basic kitchen, sprouts, seedlings, and microgreens you mainly use in the salad, especially green leafy lettuce can be perfectly mixed with it. Also, sprouts or seedlings you can serve with vegetable or potato dishes as a topping. They are also ideal in vegetable soup. Use seedlings, to prepare delicious hummus or enrich your smoothies with it. See >Microgreens a delicious healthy superfood
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This is a fun recipe to make. The rice wraps are stretchy and clear. Makes such a pretty dish!
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