Packed with nutrients like vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin K, fibre, amino acids, iron and folate, green bean or mung sprouts is a wonder snack that you can simply germinate at home. The vitamin K in sprouts helps check the process of blood clotting, bone mineralisation and maintenance while also reducing the risk of cardiovascular or heart disease. Vitamin C reduces chances of skin wrinkling and protects you from cancer, stroke, inflammation, allergies and cold. Mung bean sprouts can help you fulfil the daily dietary iron recommendation of 8 mg for men and 18 mg for women.
Sprouts can be grown at home with various varieties of seeds, beans and lentils like mung beans, alfalfa beans, clover, Bengal gram, soya beans, chickpea, radish. Chickpea and moong sprouts are the most common ones and they ensure blood purification while strengthening the immune system and protecting the body against various infections. Other than this, sprouts also help in improving digestion, boosting metabolism, preventing anaemia, lowering cholesterol, reducing blood pressure, preventing neural tube defects in infants, boosting skin health, and improving vision.
So, why not trump your hunger pangs with an energy-packed bowl of health? Here’s how you can make-your-own super-snack:
2 cups of green bean or mung sprouts
½ cup each of chopped cucumber, tomato, onions, carrot
2 tbsp of olive oil
1 tsp of dry oregano
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp black pepper powder
1 tsp mustard
2 tbsp of lemon juice
Salt to taste.
Soak about 250 gms of green mung beans with water in an air container and refrigerate for 3-4 days to grow fresh sprouts.
1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the mung sprouts, chopped cucumber, tomato, chopped onions, carrots and toss with a wooden spoon or spatula.
2. In a smaller bowl, mix the olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, garlic powder, mustard, salt and black pepper powder.
3. Drizzle the dressing over the contents of the bowl. Chill the salad in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to allow the flavours to blend.
4. All set to serve Mr. Snack-right’s Sprout Salad in smaller bowls with a meal or toast.