tahiniThis is the ideal weather for sprouting.Sprouts are wonderful in salads or added to stir fries at the end of cooking. They are great as they are ‘living’ foods giving us enzymes, helping our good bacteria and adding extra (cheap) protein into the diet as the carbohydrate in the pulse or seed changes to protein.

They are also great for adding additional B vitamins. The website sprouts-as -medicine say ‘The supply of vitamins (B complex and C) existing in seeds can be increased by the sprouting biochemistry over several days by 100% to 2000%’.

As sprouts contain phyoestrogens they potentially could help with lessening hot flushes. They are also a good phytoestrogenic source as some types of soya are not that great (genetically modified).

I make my sprouted chick peas into raw hummus – here is a recipe:

Raw Hummus
1 cup sprouted chick peas
1-2 tablespoons tahini (1 for low calorie version)
1/2 Tablespoon tamari
Juice of a lemon (add half and taste as you may find that lemony enough)
1 clove garlic
1/2 – 1 tsp cummin powder
1 Tablespoon olive or rapeseed oil (omit for weight loss)
additional seasoning as required e.g. black pepper

Mix all the ingredients together – If too thick you can add warm water instead of oil. Use with crackers, oatcakes, veggie crudites, etc

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