Nutrition Expert’s Tip of the Month – July

Sprouts are a Superfood!

You may have heard about sprouts before, but why are they considered a superfood?

First, to give you a little background, there are many different kinds of sprouts originating from different vegetables, grains, legumes, buckwheat and beans. They are often used in asian dishes, salads, wraps, soups and sandwiches, which work great with students’ diets.

They are a good source of protein (containing 35% protein) and vitamin C, which are two nutrients whose requirements increase during stress…in other words, students really need them!

In addition, sprouts are an excellent source of enzymes and are packed with other nutrients which help you digest your food so that your body can make energy more efficiently. During stressful times, our body’s enzyme stores are depleted which make it more difficult to produce energy and can eventually lead to exhaustion and sickness.

And the great thing is that sprouts are easy to grow at home or in your dorm. You can purchase inexpensive sprouting kits and seeds online or at your local health food store. Make sure you buy the organic ones and keep them refrigerated prior to sprouting. This is an efficient and economical way to increase your daily nutrient intake and increase your energy without breaking the bank!

~Natalie Butler
Nutrition Expert, Campus Calm

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