Not Just Bunny Food! The Nutritional Powerhouse Alfalfa Sprouts!
The alfalfa plant has been used throughout history for its many medicinal benefits, but various parts of the plant like the leaves are too coarse to use in our diets.
Fortunately, alfalfa sprouts contain all of the nutritional benefits of the leaves and stems, and at 8 calories per serving, they’re perfect for any weight loss diet plan!
Alfalfa sprouts are little seedlings of the alfalfa plant, and have become very popular in modern nutrition. If you’ve ever owned a rabbit or guinea pig, alfalfa probably rings a bell for you because the dried shoots of the plant, or alfalfa hay, is a popular choice for pet bedding due to its high nutritional content. However, they are a great choice to incorporate into any weight loss diet plan to reap these nutritional benefits for yourself!
Alfalfa sprouts are high in both protein and fiber, filling you up on very little calories, and thus aiding weight loss. They are also one of the highest sources of vitamin K per serving found in nature, which can help prevent excessive bruising and bleeding when we’re injured.
While human studies have been inconclusive, there is evidence in animal studies that suggests that alfalfa sprouts contain compounds that can help slow the development of diabetes, and reduce LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol) in our bodies, including cholesterol plaques in heart arteries, making them a potential prevention and treatment for atherosclerosis.
“Certain traditional plant treatments for diabetes, namely...alfalfa, coriander, eucalyptus and juniper, can retard the development of diabetes in mice.” -Diabetologia
Alfalfa sprouts have also been consumed through the years as a remedy to digestive problems like constipation due to their high fiber content, as well as chronic fatigue and depression because of their full B-vitamin profile (except for B12) which aids our metabolism and brain health.
Alfalfa sprouts can be found in your local supermarket; look for sprouts that are free of brown spots and look perky (no limp sprouts!). They can keep in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator for a few days. If the sprouts are sold in a container, keep them in the container as it will help extend their shelf life.
Alfalfa sprouts are best eaten raw: add them to your weight loss diet plan salads and sandwiches for a fresh crunch. The sprouts have a mild flavor with a delicious crisp texture, making them the perfect addition to any lunch or dinner. They’re also a great last-second ingredient in stir frys for extra crunch and nutrition. So hop to the grocery store and give alfalfa sprouts a try!