Growing Sprouts for Wellness

Hope you're having an amazing week! Today I want to share with you my latest hobby. It has given me a newfound appreciation for the miracle of Nature.

With the hope of an outside garden still a month away I decided I would start growing my very own organic sprouts.  When I first heard about growing sprouts, I thought it was more complicated than it actually is.  

A few months ago, I picked up a book about sprouts. I was surprised to learn about how nutrient dense they are. The nutrients of various sprouts are much denser than the adult plant. You can sprout various seeds, legumes, and beans. There are so many options!

They're surprisingly easy to grow at home. I got myself a couple of mason jars with mesh lids and some organic seeds. With that I was ready to grow my very own sprouts.

Here are the top three benefits of sprouts:

  1. Helps with digestion
    Sprouts contain an unusually high content of living enzymes. These enzymes further help in boosting your metabolic processes and improve chemical reactions within the body, specifically when it comes to digestion. Enzymes help break down the food effectively and enhance the absorption of nutrients by the digestive tract. Sprouts also have a lot of dietary fiber which regulates digestion. 
  2. Boosts blood circulation
    Sprouts help in boosting your blood circulation by maintaining your red blood cell count with significant amounts of iron and copper. This further helps in supplying oxygen to various organs and cells to optimize their performance. 
  3. Builds your immune system
    Sprouts have a high vitamin C content that makes them a powerful stimulant for the white blood cells in the body to fight off infections and diseases and thus, help build your immunity system. They also have abundant vitamin A. Vitamin A has a number of antioxidant properties that make it a great source of immune system strength. 
Photo by Milada Vigerova
Photo by Milada Vigerova

You can use sprouts on salads, in smoothies, and sandwiches. You can also have them on their own. There are many varieties of sprouts you can choose to grow. Most take 5-7 days, though the growing times can vary depending on the type of seed you're sprouting. Some varieties have a little more spice to them. I highly recommend giving a few varieties a try and see which ones you like best.

Have I inspired you to give sprouts a try? I hope so. I recently grew my very first batch and was quite proud of myself. If you want to really learn all there is to learn about sprouts, pick up The Sprout Book by Doug Evans. You can get it at any online book retailer. 

The Wellness Movement

Did you know I have my own show? I do! I have my very own show that broadcasts on Zingo TV and HER Network. It airs live at 3:00 pm EST on Mondays and 10:30 am EST on Wednesdays. You can also watch it on my new(ish) YouTube channel. The Wellness Movement is about the various aspects of wellness from physical wellness to emotional wellness, mindset, and everything in between. Every week I feature a different guest who shares their knowledge and expertise. Subscribe to my channel to get a notification every time I post a video!

Spring Reset

The change of seasons is the perfect time to reboot your whole body and create better health habits. Are you looking for more energy? Better sleep? Or maybe your digestion has been off. If you're ready to get your health on track join me in my next Ultimate Lifestyle Transformation.  Find out why this program works for 100% of my clients. Investing in your health is the best investment you'll ever make.

Until next time, be well.

My short bio

Julie is an award-winning Certified Health Coach and Nutritionist. She holds a certification in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell. Julie specializes in helping men and women lose weight, gain energy, balance their gut health while incorporating more whole foods nutrition into their lives. Julie has multiple programs for individuals and group coaching online.

Julie has a show, The Wellness Movement, that covers various topics on health and wellness. She’s also a published author in a collaborative book project, The Courage to Change, which hit the bestseller list on Amazon under Motivation in 2019.

Julie has an ebook, writes weekly blogs and creates videos to help educate about the many ways to create optimal health and wellness. Visit her website at www.balancelifewithjulie.com to learn more about all of her programs and offerings. You can also email her directly at julie@balancelifewithjulie.com Follow her on Instagram @juliebrar or on Facebook as Julie Brar Health Coach.