April 2, 2013 at 10:54 AM ET
I’ve heard rumblings about sprouted grains, and that they were a hot trend among health-conscious food lovers. But I wasn’t entirely sure what they were, or why I should be eating them. And since the Whole Grains Council has declared April Sprouted Grains Month, now was as good a time as any to find out more about these trendy little ingredients.
“Sprouting is a way to release all the vital nutrients stored in whole grains,” explained nutritionist Rania Batayneh, MPH, author of “The 1:1:1 Diet.” “The process of sprouting is as simple as taking a whole grain, nut or bean and bringing them to sprout as though you were planning on planting them, and then eating that sprouted seed.”
The health benefits are plentiful: foods made with sprouted grains are easier to digest and loaded with protein, vitamin B, vitamin C and carotene. They’re also pretty tasty, as evidenced by the following foods made with sprouted grains, which pleased our palates in a taste test.
These chips are not only packed with organic chia seeds, daikon radish seeds, flax seeds, quinoa and broccoli seeds—but they’re ridiculously tasty, with or without dip. Available in six flavors: Simply Sweet Potato, Simply Sunny Multi-Grain, Simply Unbeatable Blues, Simply Beyond Black Bean, No Salt Naked Blues and Simply So Sweet Chili.
Made from their special whole grain sprouted flour, Essential Eating’s products are digested like vegetables—and as such, are noticeably lighter on the stomach. The pretzel puffs, made by longtime purveyors, Unique Pretzel Bakery, are addictively good and the pasta—available in penne, spaghetti, linguini and elbows—didn’t make me feel overly full or bloated.
Food For Life Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Whole Grain English Muffins
These muffins contain no flour and are made from organically grown sprouted live grains that are mashed into dough. Try one toasted with a bit of almond butter for a protein packed breakfast or post-workout snack.
Annie Chun’s Sprouted Brown Sticky Rice
Getting in your sprouted grains has never been easier with these rice bowls, which are ready in one minute. Just add the stir fry!
Baked from TruRoots unique blend of gluten-free flour and made with sprouted ingredients, these yummy, healthier cookies are excellent for ice cream sandwiches. Available in five flavors: Ancient Three-Seed, Aztec Chocolate Chunk, Orange Ginger, Classic Vanilla and Rich Chocolate Chip.
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