Spruce Up Your Salad with Sprouts

I love having a salad every day in the warmer months. Making it delicious is key because we all know a salad can become dull and tasteless too easily. Lately, the biggest and newest addition to my salads are sprouts. I love the flavor and nutrition that they add to my day.

The salad below was made with broccoli sprouts, and this week I have been using alfalfa sprouts. Both are great, but I do think the broccoli sprouts have a more distinct flavor. Although, maybe that isn’t for you! In which case, alfalfa sprouts are milder but every bit as nutritious.

Sprouts are alkalizing to the body (meaning they balance out and reduce the acid in your body), contain more enzymes than raw fruits and vegetables and, because they are so small, contain a concentrated amount of vitamins and minerals.

The precise vitamins, minerals and health benefits of your sprouts will depend on the type you choose. For example, alfalfa sprouts are high in calcium and vitamins K and C – vitamin K helps your blood clot and vitamin is is essential for a healthy immune system and healthy skin. Alfalfa sprouts also help lower your bad cholesterol while increasing your good cholesterol and contain phytoestrogens, which can reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and the symptoms of menopause.

So now that you know they are flavorful and nutritious, let’s get to the salad…

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This salad was made with (organic):

  • Spring mix lettuce
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Broccoli sprouts
  • White mushrooms
  • Chopped carrots and celery
  • White kidney beans (can substitute any beans)
  • Avocado dressing by Cindy’s Kitchen (I also LOVE the Lemon Garlic dressing/marinade by Tessemae’s)

Once the lettuce was in my bowl, all I did was chop and throw in the ingredients above. A salad does not have to be complicated to be delicious.

Some of my favorite salad add-ins that I’ve been mixing and enjoying lately are:

  • Sprouts
  • Mushrooms
  • Chopped vegetables (carrots, celery, white onion)
  • Steamed beets (cooled and chopped)
  • Beans (white varieties and garbanzo)
  • Nutritional yeast – SO good and you honestly forget it’s in there

I get excited for my salad every day. There isn’t a day that I don’t look forward to it. I have found a way to combine high quality nutrition and flavor into my salad, and my body now actually craves it. I’ve learned how to create a salad I love, and anything we consume ought to start out with a little love. Right?

I hope this post gives you some ideas on how to spruce up your salad by cranking up the nutritional value and/or taste of your salad so that you love it a little bit more. Salads are awesome, it’s just about finding the right combination of ingredients for you!

Til next time… xo,

Kim

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