We are all familiar with wheat. Wheat kernels are ground to make up the staple food of the West: BREAD. Wheat is also grown to make wheatgrass, which is juiced to make a superfood ( Superfoods are nutrient powerhouses that pack large doses of antioxidants & abundant micronutrients, vitamins, and minerals). Wheat is a grain and wheat grains that have not been milled are called wheat berries. We cannot eat wheat berries uncooked unless they are sprouted because they are too hard to for our bodies to digest. The sprouting process softens the grains, making them edible so that we can harness all of their goodness.
NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF SPROUTED WHEAT BERRIES:
Sprouting increases B- Vitamins, protein and fibre content. In two days of sprouting, vitamin A increases 50-75% and vitamins B1, B2 and C all show significant increases. By eating wheat sprouts, we also get the benefit of the wheat germ, a rich source of vitamin E, usually removed in flour milling processes. Other Vitamins included in wheat sprouts are B12 and D.
Sprouted wheats supply numerous minerals such as calcium, iodine, iron, potassium and zinc.
Sprouted wheat grains are a live food full of Enzymes, a great source of antioxidants.
In conclusion, sprouted wheat is an excellent storehouse of nutrients that should be made an integral part of every body’s diet
HEALTH BENEFITS OF SPROUTED WHEAT BERRIES:
For those of you who may be prone to wheat allergies, sprouted wheat could be an alternative for you. The process of sprouting breaks down the gluten proteins, which cause most allergies. Please note though, if you are very sensitive, sprouted wheat seeds are not completely gluten-free.
Calcium is used by the body to form healthy bones & teeth, help muscles relax and contract, is important in nerve functioning, blood clotting, blood pressure regulation and immune system health.
Anti-oxidants increase your energy levels and provide anti-aging benefits for the skin.
Wheat sprouts are rich in dietary fibre aiding in digestion, neutralizing toxin, and helping to cleanse the blood.
HOW TO EAT YOUR ABF SPROUTED WHEAT BERRIES:
Sprouted wheat is very versatile with a creamy chewy texture and a sweetish taste. My favourite is to add them to a salad, just mix in your choice of raw foods as you would for a couscous salad. Try Wheat berries, apples, dried cranberries and pecans in raspberry vinaigrette.
Sprouted wheat berries can be ground into dough and sundried or slow-baked to make breads, crackers, cookies or pizza bases.
Add to health shakes or stir-fries.
Grind and make into a hot porridge adding raisons and honey.
THINKING OF YOU & OUR WORLD:
– All ABF sprouts come in a container made of PLA. This container is 100% compostable so please cut it up and add it to your compost heap.
– All ABF sprouts are soaked and rinsed in purified water.
– Wheat sprouts contain no added chemicals and are safe to eat raw but for maximum digestibility a light steam or rinse in boiling water before eating is recommended when eating in large quantities.
Sprout Garden – Mark M. Braunstein
The Broccoli Sprouts Break through – Deborah R. Mitchell
Sprouts the Miracle Food – Steve Meyerowitz