You already know that there are tremendous health benefits of eating natural whole grains, legumes and a variety of fresh organic fruits and vegetables every day.

Alfalfa, broccoli, radish, clover, sunflower, legumes and grains sprouts are ‘superfoods.’ Sprouts is a ‘live food’, that contain several essential nutrients and minerals that you won’t get from fresh vegetables and cooked grains and legumes. Sprouts contain several compounds that improve digestion and are rich in antioxidants. Sprouts like broccoli, radish, and clover offer as much as 50 times the nutritional value of the mature vegetable. The same with beans like mung, adzuki, and garbanzo. Here are some key benefits of eating sprouts:

Sprouts contain oxygen. Because sprouts are a ‘living’ food, they contain hundreds of molecules of oxygen, which is essential for healthy cells. Oxygen-rich foods can ward off viruses and even kill off bacteria. You need a fair amount of oxygen-rich foods in your diet to enjoy the benefits, and sprouts can help you achieve your nutrition balance for the day!

Sprouts have an alkalizing effect on the body. Your body needs to be alkaline in order to be healthy, and there are several foods and toxins that can offset this balance. Sprouts are very alkaline, so you’ll be helping your body achieve balance with ease.

Sprouts contain healthy fats and EFA, the essential fatty acids your body needs to perform basic body functions. You need a certain level of fat in your diet in order to ward off infections and strengthen your immune system. Sprouts are rich in EFAs, so they can support a healthy diet and keep your metabolism functioning at its optimal level.

Sprouts are natural sources of fiber. Fiber helps keep your digestive system healthy and helps you feel fuller between meals. Eating more fiber can support your healthy diet and reduce the risk of constipation. Loading up your sandwich or a meal with sprouts can give your daily fiber counts a boost, and help you digest your meal easily.

Sprouts can give you a dose of vitamins B and C. Sprouts contain a number of vitamins and minerals, and the quantities are even greater when you soak the seeds overnight. Soaking the seeds overnight increases the levels of vitamin B, so you will always be doing your body a favor by doing this.

Sprouts are very low in calories. Sprouts contain only 9 calories per ounce, and these are a combination of healthy carbs, protein, and healthy fats. You can load up your pocket pita, sandwich and salads with generous amounts of sprouts to enjoy all of the benefits of this amazing vegetable – and do it guilt-free!

I make a salad loaded with organic broccoli, radish, clover, pea, mung, garbanzo and adzuki bean sprouts along with organic beets, red cabbage, carrots, celery, and parsley. I add avocado, lemon and apple cider vinegar. I call this my longevity salad.

Sprouts are grown inside, so look around your community and you will most likely find a local organic sprout farm… They are also called micro-greens, which is actually the most used term….. You can also grow your own… Better natural food stores like Whole Foods and of course your local organic food co-op will have them for sure…